Blue Coat 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.
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.