Blue Coat debuts new virtual security appliance

Secure Web Gateway virtual appliance for small branch offices is designed to be flexible

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By  Georgina Enzer Published  September 30, 2012

Blue Coat Systems has introduced its Secure Web Gateway virtual appliance for small branch offices. The new virtual appliance is designed to extend the same depth of protection and control delivered by the Blue Coat ProxySG appliances to small branch office locations with limited space and IT resources.

The new Virtual Appliance is designed to provide customers with the flexibility to choose the deployment model that best meets their security requirements on a location-by-location basis. 

"For each of our projects, we establish secure, temporary mobile offices that need to be quickly set up, but we didn't want to use a cloud-based security service due to the proprietary nature of our services," said Jonathan Townsend, infosec analyst at Wood Group Mustang, a global project management, engineering, procurement, and construction operations company serving the offshore and onshore oil and gas, refining and chemicals, pipeline, automation and control, and industrial markets.  "The Blue Coat Virtual Appliance allows us to flexibly deploy and scale on-premise security solutions to suit each job site and easily move the infrastructure to the next site when a job is done."

The new Blue Coat Secure Web Gateway Virtual Appliance can also be deployed on a virtualiaed server.  This allows businesses to support web security and other critical remote office infrastructure on a common platform, reducing costs and IT resource requirements.

Like Blue Coat's ProxySG appliances and Cloud Service, the Secure Web Gateway virtual appliance is backed by the WebPulse Collaborative Defence. 

The Blue Coat Secure Web Gateway Virtual Appliance is also designed to deliver the same unmatched policy controls used by enterprises on the ProxySG appliances. 

"The Blue Coat Secure Web Gateway Virtual Appliance is a simple and powerful way to seamlessly extend the same on-premise threat protection and policies that ProxySG appliances provide at the corporate gateway to branch offices with limited IT staff." said Dave Ewart, director of Product Marketing, EMEA at Blue Coat Systems.  "The new virtual appliances complement Blue Coat's existing on-premise appliances and cloud-based service, giving businesses the flexibility to deploy the solution that best fits their unique security requirements."

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