Software promotes application security and performance.

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Blue Coat SG Client architecture delivers application acceleration and security to endpoint devices used by any remote or mobile user. Utilizing MACH5 application acceleration technology, which provides protocol optimization as well as object and byte caching and compression, client-based software solution is designed to accelerate business-critical application traffic and provide appropriate levels of security and control at critical application layer.

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Blue Coat First to Extend Enterprise Application Acceleration and Security to All Remote Endpoints

New Blue Coat SG Client Combines with SG Appliances to Provide Complete Control of Security and Performance for Users and Applications Regardless of Location

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 13 -- Blue Coat(R) Systems (NASDAQ:BCSI), the leader in secure content and application delivery, today announced its Blue Coat SG Client architecture which delivers application acceleration and security to endpoint devices used by any remote or mobile user. The new client-based software solution integrates with Blue Coat's current family of intelligent appliances to create the industry's first comprehensive architecture to ensure WAN application performance and security for all users in any location across the distributed enterprise. Since mobile and remote users now comprise a significant and growing portion of all employees, a unified architecture that extends application performance and security control to individual endpoints is an emerging IT requirement.

"By incorporating the mobile user, Blue Coat can offer a complete solution to customers looking to extend the availability, security and performance of applications out to the far reaches of the organization," said Cindy Borovick, director for IDC's datacenter networks program. "It is becoming critical to deliver the same level of network services to remote employees as those in the corporate headquarters."

Control for Both Application Security and Acceleration at the Endpoint

Currently available endpoint security solutions protect the endpoint operating system; VPN solutions protect packet flows; and network access control solutions set criteria for corporate network connections. None of these solutions control all user-application interactions at the endpoint. The new SG Client architecture extends policy-based application security and acceleration to all users, regardless of location.

As with Blue Coat SG appliances for branch and remote offices, the SG Client architecture is designed to accelerate a full range of business- critical application traffic and provide appropriate levels of security and control -- at the critical application layer. SG Client will incorporate Blue Coat's patent-pending MACH5 application acceleration technology, which provides protocol optimization, object and byte caching and compression -- to speed applications and content and reduce bandwidth usage -- in accordance with enterprise policy.

Offering end-to-end application delivery, the Blue Coat SG Client is designed to protect the remote client and information residing on it during a secure session. It enforces corporate policies by controlling content and applications, protecting against spyware and other forms of malware and performing appropriate URL filtering. Since SG Client is designed to provide application control, data can be protected, for instance, with active information controls to prevent printing, saving, copying or "print screening."

Managed and Unmanaged Endpoints with Persistent or On-Demand Client

The Blue Coat SG Client is being designed to accommodate the needs of any user, including mobile workers, teleworkers, branch offices of one or two people and even partners -- using managed devices (such as desktops, laptops and PDAs) controlled by corporate IT -- or unmanaged devices, such as employee's home computers, Internet kiosks in airports or hotels and computers in partner organizations.

To control application performance and security on managed endpoints, Blue Coat SG Client loads as persistent, resident client software. For unmanaged endpoints, SG Client can be applied dynamically using an on-demand version of the software. The on-demand version is also appealing to organizations not wanting permanent client software.

The ability to deliver application acceleration and security to both managed and unmanaged endpoints extends control of application experience and security to all users regardless of location. It provides business continuity that could prove essential in the event of a disaster that prevents employees from coming to the office and helps organizations accommodate an increasingly mobile workforce.

Extension of Enterprise Infrastructure for Security and Acceleration

SG Client is part of Blue Coat's ControlPoint(TM) Architecture for enterprise application delivery infrastructure, enabling IT organizations to establish critical "points of control" throughout the enterprise-even out to individual endpoints. Enterprises can then provide consistent policies, management and delivery "experience" across its entire organization.

The Blue Coat SG Client, delivered in several phases over the next year, is based on a modular architecture that enables functionality to be added or modified as needed, while fully integrating functions with consistent policy and management. The first release is scheduled for availability in the first quarter in 2007.

"Blue Coat's goal is 'no user is left behind' -- that no one is cut off from enterprise application performance and security," said Steve Mullaney, vice president of worldwide marketing for Blue Coat Systems. "Organizations have been able to control application performance and security inside their own networks, but once users are outside they have been beyond the reach of that control. With Blue Coat SG Client, organizations will be able to seamlessly extend application security and performance to remote employees anywhere."

About Blue Coat Systems

Blue Coat secures Web communications and accelerates business applications across the distributed enterprise. Blue Coat's family of appliances and client-based solutions -- deployed in branch offices, Internet gateways, end points, and data centers -- provide intelligent points of policy-based control enabling IT organizations to optimize security and accelerate performance between users and applications. Blue Coat has installed more than 30,000 appliances worldwide and is ranked #1 by IDC in the Secure Content and Application Delivery market. Blue Coat is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and can be reached at (408) 220-2200 or

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