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Blue Coat releases standalone application delivery software

Blue Coat makes its ProxySG WAN optimization software available as a virtual appliance running on VMware

Blue Coat releases standalone application delivery software
The virtual appliance will sit on any generic server running VMware
Blue Coat releases standalone application delivery software
The virtual appliance will replace physical appliances for branch offices of less than 300 users

Blue Coat is to spin its WAN optimization technology out of appliances and on to virtualized servers as its first standalone software offering.

The company is to offer its ProxySG application delivery software as a Virtual Appliance, configured to run on generic servers running VMware vSphere, with the aim of allowing companies to gain the benefits of WAN optimization at branch office level, without the expense of dedicated appliances.

Four versions of the software will be available, scaling from 10 to 300 users, with prices for software licences starting at $1,100 for a ten user licence, around half that of a comparable appliance.

The ProxySG virtual appliance will include the usual benefits of application delivery, including accelerating centralized enterprise applications, remote file access, email and back-ups in branch offices, including enhanced optimization for internally-hosted or cloud-based SharePoint and Exchange 2003 and 2007.

The new offerings will allow companies to consolidate branch infrastructure onto generic servers, cutting the amount of physical infrastructure and devices needed to connect branch offices. A server running the ProxySG Virtual Appliance can support Microsoft Windows Server 2008, along with networking and local applications. While Blue Coat will continue to sell appliances, and does not recommend the virtual appliances for offices of more than 300 users, the company believes it will create a more efficient way for companies to connect branch offices.

"ProxySG Virtual Appliance provides a significant leap forward in providing enterprises with the means to accelerate distributed business processes to branch and remote offices while also providing the flexibility and cost-savings needed for additional consolidation," said Nidal Taha, regional director for ME and Turkey, Blue Coat Systems. "Our family of virtual software-based appliances serves as a milestone in the multi-dimensional expansion of our vision for the Application Delivery Network and will further help our customers to speed business-critical applications, contain costs and boost user productivity."

Blue Coat says it worked closely with VMware to get the virtual appliance certified as VMware Ready, and the solutions have been trialed by customers since August. The virtual appliance has also undergone testing and validation to run on Dell's PowerEdge servers.

"Virtualization continues to be a game-changing technology that helps customers contain costs and boost efficiencies across datacenters and branch offices," said Parag Patel, vice president, alliances, VMware. "Now that the Blue Coat ProxySG Virtual Appliance has achieved VMware Ready status, customers with distributed enterprises can flexibly and cost-effectively respond to their application and infrastructure requirements with the confidence that the solution is optimized for the VMware platform."

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