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Proxy appliance for Middle East branch offices

Blue Coat introduces the ProxySG 200 series appliance that will extend web security to the branch office.

Organisations are continuing to rely on web applications and communications to conduct mission-critical business processes. As enterprises extend access to the internet and web applications to the branch office, the IT organisation must implement the same level of web visibility, control and performance at the branch that is provided by proxies at the network core.

Proxy appliances are the foundation for web security and the ProxySG 200 Series appliance allows enterprises to extend the web policy controls in place at headquarters out to the branch. The 1U rack-mount proxy appliance is built upon Blue Coat's SGOS custom operating system designed for high-performance object handling, and comes with up to 512 megabytes of memory, 40 gigabytes of disk capacity and a built-in pass-through card. "Distributed organisations need a cost-effective means for enabling and managing a secure, high-performance web security infrastructure across the entire enterprise," explains Lucinda Borovick, director of data centre networks for IDC.

The solution integrates with the centralised management capabilities of the Blue Coat Director management platform, allowing administrators to distribute, backup, and restore policy files for multiple appliances across an enterprise network. Administrators are able to manage policies by device, group, or region, and detailed reporting provides administrators with custom, easy-to-interpret reports about web usage across the network.

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