Blue Coat Systems announced an enhanced version of software for its Blue Coat PacketShaper appliances. PacketShaper 8.5 appliances provide a new level of tightly integrated application visibility, enhanced application intelligence and policy-based control that together bring application accountability to the enterprise network. Application accountability enables businesses to better assure the quality of bandwidth-hungry business-critical applications and communication, including telephony and video conferencing, while controlling usage of progressively more taxing recreational applications.
The new PacketShaper 8.5 release uses integrated workflows to enable more detailed application understanding with real-time monitoring, historical reporting and policy-based QoS controls. It provides an intuitive, fully integrated workspace that visually shows critical application behavior and displays the immediate effect of applied QoS through an intuitive user interface. Similar applications can be automatically grouped together in class of service categories, such as peer-to-peer (P2P), games or instant messaging, for ease of management. In addition, PacketShaper appliances now provide more granular visibility and control over voice, video and virtualized applications.
"Despite the many types of security appliances and packet filters on the market, application identification and control continue to be an Achilles heel for large organizations," said Nidal Taha, Regional Director for ME and Turkey, Blue Coat Systems. "Blue Coat’s new release of PacketShaper addresses this issue by providing concise analysis of the actual application traffic traversing the network and offering management tools for application control. Armed with these capabilities, IT and security professionals can make intelligent decisions about controlling applications."
New PacketShaper Release Provides Application Accountability for Regaining Network Control and Enabling Quality