Brocade, Blue Coat Develop Proactive Network Health Monitoring For Carrier Caching

Integrated offering can reduce bandwidth cost

October 14, 2010

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SAN JOSE and SUNNYVALE, Calif., October 13, 2010 – Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD) and Blue Coat Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BCSI), the technology leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced the industry’s first proactive and tightly integrated health monitoring capabilities specific to Web caching. This solution is designed to help telecommunications carriers better manage the spiraling bandwidth demands due to the proliferation of Web 2.0 rich media content, especially large data files and online video, and control backhaul costs.

Using Brocade ServerIron ADX application delivery controllers (ADC) in conjunction with Blue Coat' CacheFlow' 5000 appliances, service providers have the unique ability to reduce bandwidth consumption by up to 50 percent on Web traffic and to create a buffer to defend their network against unpredicted traffic spikes that can occur with certain Web events or with substantial increases in demand for popular content, such as major news occurrences or coverage of sporting or political events.

Through a close technology relationship and joint development effort, Brocade and Blue Coat have created a simplified and unified solution that distributes network traffic within a Blue Coat cache farm. This unique capability simultaneously monitors the network load, available capacity and traffic patterns for each Blue Coat appliance to help boost network efficiency and help provide customers with non-stop networking. This is particularly important for Web caching applications that focus on bandwidth savings and enhancing the end-user Web experience.

TelstraClear is a recent example of how a joint Brocade and Blue Coat customer has implemented an integrated application delivery and optimization solution. Using a Blue Coat cache farm and Brocade application delivery controllers, TelstraClear has significantly improved the scalability and efficiency of its ISP services, delivering to its customers faster browsing times and reducing consumption of international bandwidth.

Many of the world’s largest carriers have successfully optimized and secured application delivery as a result of the long standing technology alliance between Brocade and Blue Coat. The companies’ significant investment in joint development to create a fully interoperable solution set with Brocade ServerIron application delivery switches and Blue Coat Caching appliances helps service providers worldwide reduce infrastructure costs by controlling bandwidth consumption through a scalable and redundant architecture.

”Proactive health monitoring is essential as Web caching becomes an increasingly critical component of a carrier’s infrastructure,” said Darrell Long, vice president and general manager, CacheFlow Business Unit, Blue Coat Systems. “With the industry’s first integrated switching and caching solution for health monitoring, we can raise the level of reliability and scalability available to carriers, help deliver an improved web user experience and significantly reduce bandwidth consumption.”

“The joint development between Brocade and Blue Coat represents a significant leap forward in how core Web infrastructure, such as switching and caching, is managed,” said Bob Braham, vice president of Integrated Marketing for Brocade. “Building on our long-standing partnership, we created a joint solution that enables service providers to maximize their network application efficiency, reduce infrastructure costs and proactively address spikes in network traffic patterns, while protecting customers’ investments for future scalability and growth.”

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About Brocade

Brocade' (Nasdaq: BRCD) develops the highest-performance, most cost-effective, and most reliable networking solutions that enable today's complex, data-intensive organizations to optimize information connectivity and maximize the business value of their data. For more information, visit

About Blue Coat Systems

Blue Coat Systems is the technology leader in Application Delivery Networking. Blue Coat offers an Application Delivery Network Infrastructure that provides the visibility, acceleration and security required to optimize and secure the flow of information to any user, on any network, anywhere. This application intelligence enables enterprises to tightly align network investments with business requirements, speed decision making and secure business applications for long-term competitive advantage. For additional information, please visit

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