Blue Coat Tackles Public Cloud WAN Optimization

May 11, 2011: Blue Coat Systems, a leader in the WAN optimization controller (WOC) market, is spreading its wings at Interop with an advanced asymmetric acceleration technology for its MACH5 WAN Optimization and Virtual Appliances. The company says that its CloudCaching Engine breaks the barrier that prevents traditional WAN optimization solutions–which are designed to accelerate file and email traffic using a symmetric deployment of physical or virtual appliances in the branch office and data center–from optimizing most applications based in the public cloud.

The problem, and its solution, is significant, says the company. According to data from Nemertes Research, a majority of companies (52.3 percent) use software as a service (SaaS), and the average number of SaaS applications per company is climbing sharply, from fewer than two last year to more than five this year. As more companies seek to deliver more applications to their users via SaaS, application delivery optimization (ADO) that can improve the performance and reliability of access to those applications–without requiring access to the providers’ infrastructure–will become steadily more important.

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Author: Steve Wexler

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