WAN Optimization Players: BlueCoat MACH5
BlueCoat’s MACH5 product line is the company’s latest entry in a long line of WAN optimization products. With MACH5, BlueCoat has extended WAN optimization capabilities to include basic application accelerating, streaming video caching, protocol optimization, object and byte caching, compression and traffic shaping to boost WAN performance between data centers and remote sites. The company claims that bandwidth consumption can be reduced by as much as 90% and access to files, email, backup, disaster recovery and data applications can be improved as much as 300x. BlueCoat’s MACH5 appliances start at around $4000 for the entry level models. For more information, visit www.bluecoat.com.