BLUE COAT REAP REWARDS FROM DEMAND OF WAN APPLICATION DELIVERY SOLUTIONS IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION
MALAYSIA, September 26, 2007 – Blue Coat Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCSI), a leader in WAN Application Delivery and Secure Web Gateway, has experienced the market demands and growth potential of WAN Application Delivery solutions across the Asia Pacific region.
Over the past year, Blue Coat’s Asia Pacific offices have seen continued growth. In the past quarter, Asia Pacific accounted for 14 percent of Blue Coat net revenue. In the Asia Pacific region, the company intends to continue focusing on sales to the education, manufacturing, financial and government sectors where there is a heightened need for WAN Application Delivery solutions. The company expects to increase its Asia Pacific staff strength to support the prospective growth and to provide quality customer care throughout the region.
The market research firm IDC predicts the total worldwide market for WAN Application Delivery will reach US$920 million in 2011. Emerging Asian trends suggest that WAN Application Delivery will revolutionize the way businesses maintain competitiveness while protecting the company from both internal and external threats.
“Malaysian businesses are beginning to understand that their WAN woes cannot be solved by merely increasing bandwidth. There are also latency issues to consider,” said Jason Ng, Country Sales Manager (Malaysia), Blue Coat Systems. “If bandwidth is the width of the road, than latency is the speed. The wide area network remains a unique challenge for enterprise network managers.”
He explained that many applications designed to be deployed in a LAN environment are not suited for the latency, congestion, and bandwidth available to remote and mobile users.
“Blue Coat offers companies an ideal solution through application acceleration. Coupled with security, our solution enables companies to ‘stop the bad and accelerate the good’,” Ng added.
It is important to accelerate the business critical applications across the WAN and not speed the risk of security threats for the organization. Security must not impede the performance of critical applications and vice versa.
Blue Coat’s customers in Asia include Nottingham University in Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Perlis – UniMAP (previously known as Universiti Kejuruteraan Utara Malaysia – KUKUM), PT. Yutaka Manufacturing in Indonesia, Korea Stock Exchange, Philips Electronics China Group and Kagoshima University in Japan.
Blue Coat has what is considered to be the largest “public” WAN Optimization project in the world to date for the US Air National Guard, with over 200 locations throughout the United States and its territories. Other Blue Coat global customers include some of the world’s largest financial institutions, manufacturing organizations and governmental agencies. About 93 of the Fortune Global 100 companies are Blue Coat customers.
On 23 August, the company reported its financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2008 ended July 31, 2007. Net revenue for the first fiscal quarter of 2008 was US$62.4 million, an increase of 71% compared to net revenue of US$36.4 million for the same quarter last year and a 15% increase compared to net revenue of US$54.5 million in the prior quarter.