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Blue Coat MACH5 Appliance Named Best Network Optimization/Acceleration Solution by Networks Asia Readers

(November 29, 2011)

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/29/11 -- Blue Coat Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCSI), the technology leader in Web security and WAN optimization solutions, today announced that the Blue Coat® MACH5 WAN Optimization appliance has won the Networks Asia Readers' Choice Product Excellence Award in the Network Optimization/Acceleration category for the second consecutive year. The Readers' Choice Awards are determined by readers of Network World Asia magazine and Networks Asia portal to recognize IT vendors that have made the most impact on their organization in 2011.

Blue Coat takes a comprehensive approach to WAN optimization with its MACH5 appliances and virtual appliances by enabling businesses to fully take advantage of the potential presented by their Wide Area Network (WAN). The MACH5 WAN Optimization solution accelerates remote branch office access to files, email, storage and enterprise applications as well as Web, cloud and video applications. The Blue Coat approach to next generation WAN optimization can promote branch offices collaboration, improve productivity and accelerate business applications.

"With their votes, regional senior technology heads and IT project leaders have acknowledged those products and vendors that best met their changing requirements including the ability to leverage advanced technologies for greater ROI and productivity gains. It is no surprise that Blue Coat MACH5 is a category leader as it empowers IT to leverage new Web, cloud and video technologies whilst ensuring traditional enterprise application performance," said Victor Ng, South East Asia bureau chief, Network World Asia.

The MACH5 solution includes "one-sided" (asymmetric) acceleration technology to accelerate and optimize cloud-delivered Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications without requiring a WAN optimization device in the cloud provider's infrastructure.


The MACH5 solution also includes video delivery using a combination of stream-splitting and advanced video caching technologies to scale the use of internal company video with minimal network impact. This prevents the deployment of Web video from saturating a company's WAN or Internet gateway or crippling of the performance of other business critical applications.

The MACH5 WAN Optimization solution includes secure "branch-to-cloud" direct Internet access so companies no longer have to backhaul Internet traffic to and from the corporate data center for security purposes and offers IT organizations a chance to re-architect their WANs to meet new application realities. Branch-to-cloud topology also lowers networking costs and speeds access to cloud-based SaaS applications. At the customer's option, inbound and outbound Internet traffic can be a automatically and transparently sent to the Blue Coat Cloud Service, a scalable, Internet-delivered security service that provides real-time protection against Web-based threats without the need for on-location equipment or the requirement to update appliances, servers or user desktops.

"With the rapidly changing world of Web-driven applications and the preponderance of video content leading a new spectrum of network challenges, we are proud to be benchmarked for outperforming other WAN optimization solutions that are limited to only traditional data applications," said Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice president, Blue Coat Systems, Inc. "The Networks Asia reward underscores a market shift towards employing comprehensive and versatile WAN optimization strategies that address wider business challenges and needs of their distributed enterprises."

About Blue Coat Systems
Blue Coat Systems is a leading provider of Web security and WAN optimization solutions. Blue Coat offers solutions that provide 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. Blue Coat also offers service provider solutions for managed security and WAN optimization, as well as carrier-grade caching solutions to save on bandwidth and enhance the end-user Web experience. For additional information, please visit www.bluecoat.com.

Blue Coat and the Blue Coat logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Blue Coat Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

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Steve Schick
Blue Coat Systems
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408-220-2076

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Investor Contact:
Jane Underwood
Blue Coat Systems
jane.underwood@bluecoat.com
408-541-3015


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