WAN optimization client with integrated security

Blue Coat Systems announced the general availability of its Blue Coat ProxyClient software, the first WAN optimization client with integrated security and control. ProxyClient software combines application acceleration, security and control for teleworkers and other remote employees.

According to Nemertes Research, 86 percent of employees work away from corporate headquarters and 18 percent telecommute either part-time or full-time. Most remote employees suffer from slow applications and file access and represent a weak link for enterprise security.

ProxyClient software accelerates remote applications and file transfer and extends Web security and policy control to remote enterprise users, regardless of location. It has WAN optimization technologies, including byte caching, to accelerate access to files, such as spreadsheets and presentations, and speed response time of remote Web applications. It also uses the Blue Coat WebPulse service, the real-time cloud computing security service, to enforce a company’s centrally managed Internet usage policies and to protect against malware, spyware, mobile malicious code and phishing exploits.

ProxyClient software uses a unique location awareness technology to enable it to automatically apply appropriate WAN optimization and security or policy measures, depending on whether the user is working remotely or at a branch office where a Blue Coat ProxySG appliance provides acceleration and protection.

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