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Blue Coat launches virtual appliance for security needs of remote, small offices

Veronica C. Silva | Oct. 8, 2012
Users are also looking forward to acceleration of sales cycle

Web security provider Blue Coat Systems has recently unveiled a new virtual appliance that can address the flexible security requirements of small branch offices.

Operating on a virtualised server, Blue Coat said its Secure Web Gateway Virtual Appliance allows businesses to support Web security and other critical remote office infrastructure on a common platform at lower costs and fewer IT resources.

The new Blue Coat virtual appliance is backed by the WebPulse Collaborative Defense, which is the same support behind Blue Coat's existing ProxySG appliances and Cloud Service. This feature enables customers to choose the model of deployment best suited to their security needs on a location-by-location basis and without the use of shipping and logistics.

Blue Coat, which also specialises in WAN optimisation, noted that WebPulse "unites 75 million users in a common defence against Web-based threats and other malicious activities". The company further said that WebPulse can track more than 500 malware networks (malnets) and provides the Negative Day Defense to block attacks before they launch.

Advanced policies

To shield users, data and networks, Blue Coat's virtual appliance's policy framework allows businesses to set advanced policies based on more than 100 different parameters. By providing various Web, mobile and mobile Web applications, the virtual appliance also provides control over the applications and operations running on networks.

"For each of our projects, we establish secure, temporary mobile offices that need to be quickly set up, but we didn't want to use a cloud-based security service due to the proprietary nature of our services," said Jonathan Townsend, infosec analyst, Wood Group Mustang, a global project management, engineering, procurement, and construction operations company.

Because Wood Group Mustang serves the offshore and onshore oil and gas, refining and chemicals, pipeline, automation and control, and industrial markets, Townsend said the virtual appliance is key in the company's operations. "The Blue Coat Virtual Appliance allows us to flexibly deploy and scale on-premise security solutions to suit each job site and easily move the infrastructure to the next site when a job is done," he said.

For Pat Huth, global technologies director, Westcon Group, the virtual appliance will help accelerate sales cycle "by providing an easy way to conduct proof of concepts for customers that are looking to deploy robust Web security in their small, remote or branch offices."


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