Blue Coat to acquire Crossbeam Systems

Acquisition to unite complementary ICT security technologies

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Blue Coat to acquire Crossbeam Systems Clark: With Crossbeam, Blue Coat gains a best-in-class support infrastructure and a high performing platform.
By  Stephen McBride Published  December 19, 2012

Web security and optimisation specialist Blue Coat Systems Inc today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire network security company Crossbeam Systems Inc. The acquisition brings together two companies from US-based private equity company Thoma Bravo's technology portfolio.

"Our service provider and enterprise customers are excited we are bringing together two complementary technologies," said Greg Clark, chief executive officer at Blue Coat Systems.

"With Crossbeam, Blue Coat gains a best-in-class support infrastructure and a high performing platform that scales to meet the needs of even the most complex enterprise IT environments."

New customer initiatives and an increasing number of devices accessing rich media content are driving the need for more capacity and performance in the network.  Enabling these initiatives, however, often requires investments in additional networking and security solutions.  For enterprises, being able to deploy these new solutions into their existing security environment is crucial.

"As enterprises seek to improve corporate agility with mobile and cloud-based solutions, the dual demands for greater capacity and improved threat response force enterprises into a cycle of constantly expanding networking and security infrastructures," said Christian Christiansen, IDC's programme vice president of security products and services. 

"Blue Coat and Crossbeam have a history of embracing emerging security ecosystems, and this acquisition potentially enables customers to further tap into even more synergistic security and networking solutions."

According to Blue Coat, the Crossbeam X-Series portfolio provides "the industry's only highly scalable platform that allows businesses to consolidate their security and networking infrastructures".  Combined with Blue Coat's Unified Security solution, the X-Series is expected to be an ideal control point in the network for managing applications that secure both inbound and outbound traffic from all users in any location. 

"Blue Coat and Crossbeam are natural partners. The combination of Blue Coat's Web security solutions and Crossbeam's scalable X-Series platform is an exciting proposition for us," said Matthew Gyde, global general manager of security at Dimension Data. 

"We're confident that this union will appeal to our clients that are looking to innovate securely and cost effectively."

The acquisition is expected to close on December 31, 2012.

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