Blue Coat Surges Past Cisco and Network Appliance to Number One Position According to New Industry Report

Blue Coat Systems recently announced that it has achieved the number one position in the worldwide market for secure content and application delivery appliances according to a report issued by IDC, a leading market research and advisory firm. The report, entitled, Worldwide Content and Application Networking, 1H 2005 Market Share, ranks the revenues for vendors of secure content and application delivery appliances and shows that Blue Coat has risen to market leader with 37 percent share in the first half of calendar year 2005. According to the report, Blue Coat remains the fastest growing vendor in the marketplace.

"Blue Coat's growth reflects the continuing market demand for products that provide visibility and control of Web communications for protection, performance and policy enforcement," said Lucinda Borovick, director of datacentre networks for IDC. "The secure content and application delivery market is a key component as customers begin to build an application aware network."

"Achieving the number one market position for proxy appliances represents a major milestone for Blue Coat and clearly shows the value and uniqueness of our solutions," said Steve Mullaney, vice president of marketing for Blue Coat Systems. "Enterprises understand the growing need for a proxy platform that operates between users and Web applications, providing protection, control and acceleration of Web traffic. Our success comes from having a solution with a unique combination of flexible control and accelerated performance."

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