Equant Standardizes On Blue Coat Technology For Managed Web Security Proxy Services

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 27, 2005 – Blue Coat® Systems (Nasdaq: BCSI), a leading provider of proxy appliances, today announced that a leading global service provider, Equant, has standardized on Blue Coat proxy appliances for its Forward Proxy and Reverse Proxy managed web security service offerings.

Blue Coat’s ProxySG appliances have been selected for reverse proxy and forward proxy mode applications to deliver maximum Web performance, security and availability for Equant’s customers. The Equant operations team benefit from lower cost of operations, a more scalable infrastructure and flexible platform. Blue Coat’s ProxySG appliances offer one of the widest sets of security features on the market.

Equant’s Cache Management Forward Proxy service offers customers fast access to Web traffic, logging of traffic and enhanced security. Optional services include URL Filtering, IM control, peer-to-peer and streaming data management, all installed and managed by Equant.

Equant’s Cache Management Reverse Proxy service provides higher performance web server applications by caching from within the worldwide Equant data centres, optimizing performance, security and cost of deployment.

“It is imperative for Equant to maintain the highest quality, performance and security level. After a wide market analysis we decided to select Blue Coat technology for their secure and resilient proxy architecture,” said Alexandre Rigaldo, business security solution manager, Equant. “Blue Coat proxy appliances provide comprehensive Web visibility and control, while also improving network performance.”

“Our growth in the market is driven by more enterprise organizations adopting Blue Coat proxy appliances as a foundation for Web security. With Equant first class services based on Blue Coat technology, we can deliver the benefits from the best of breed Managed Web Security Services to a wider set of customers,” said Steve Mullaney, vice president of marketing for Blue Coat.

About Equant

Equant (NYSE:ENT) (Euronext Paris: EQU) is a recognized industry leader in global communications services for multinational businesses. Equant combines its network expertise with its expanded services capabilities to provide global, integrated and customized communications services to enable its customers’ key business processes. Equant serves thousands of the world’s top companies, with the industry’s most extensive portfolio of communications services and network solutions, including the market-leading IP VPN used by nearly 1,300 global businesses. Equant, a subsidiary of France Telecom, consistently leads industry surveys in corporate user satisfaction.

About Equant Managed Forward Proxy and Reverse Proxy Services
Equant is a leading Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) covering the full life cycle, from initial assessment to 24×7 global monitoring and management for a full scope of end-of-end security services.

Equant Managed Forward Proxy improves performance by optimizing network traffic through bandwidth management, by caching Web resources and by supporting the HTTP/1.1 protocol and streaming media. It improves security by protecting the intranet network, by authenticating external access and by filtering outgoing requests.

Managed Reverse Proxy optimizes web server resources by off-loading servers and by improving response times. Increase security by building up a single point of access and control while centralizing log management. Enhance end user productivity and satisfaction by providing quicker access to content, so that users spend less time waiting for downloads to complete.

About Blue Coat Systems

Blue Coat helps organizations make the Web safe and productive for business. Blue Coat proxy appliances provide visibility and control of Web communications to protect against risks from spyware, Web viruses, inappropriate Web surfing, instant messaging (IM), video streaming and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing – while actually improving Web performance. Trusted by many of the world’s largest organizations, Blue Coat has shipped more than 25,000 proxy appliances. Blue Coat is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and can be reached at (408) 220-2200 or www.bluecoat.com.

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