Blue Coat ‘caches’ in on name change

Blue Coat Systems is using this year’s Gitex as a launchpad for its new name. The company, which was formerly known as CacheFlow, decided to change its brand name to reflect its expansion into the security market.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  October 14, 2002

Blue Coat Systems is using this year’s Gitex as a launchpad for its new name. The company, which was formerly known as CacheFlow, decided to change its brand name to reflect its expansion into the security market.

“The board of directors decided that it was wise to change the name from CacheFlow because it only gives the impression that we are a cache or cache engine company. Blue Coat Systems gives the impression that we are in a broader solutions base,” says Ray Kafity, general manager, Blue Coat Systems, Middle East.

“The new name took effect at the end of August, but really we are utilising Gitex as a springboard to launching the new name and the new solutions that we have,” he adds.

The lynchpin of Blue Coat’s security systems is its Security Gateway range, which visitors can see demonstrated on the stand. The rack mountable 800 and 6000 series appliances sit behind firewalls to offer object level monitoring and filtering of internet traffic, as well as providing additional protection to users once a firewall has been opened.

“We do not replace the firewall; we are complimentary to the firewall. In IT terminology, firewalls protect on the packet level whereas our solution protects on the object level and both are complimentary. If an organisation is accessing the internet they cannot do that without opening the port 80 on the firewall, once they do that, there is a need to control the object level and protect the overall device,” explains Kafity.

Blue Coat has utilised its caching background and added security features and functionalities to its caching solutions. As such, the vendor is also showcasing its range of content filtering and monitoring systems, which enable enterprises to keep a check on employees’ web surfing habits and block any sites that they consider bandwidth intensive, unproductive or detrimental to business.

“We can also control the type of traffic that people can view via the internet. If it is video streaming or radio streaming these applications are bandwidth intensive and therefore if enterprises can control them, they can control the cost of the bandwidth that they are paying for,” continues Kafity.

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