Blue Coat to buy network security provider Crossbeam Systems

Infotech Lead America: Blue Coat Systems is set to acquire Crossbeam Systems, a provider of network security.

The acquisition of Crossbeam enables Blue Coat to lay the foundation to transform the way businesses secure and optimize their networks.

Blue Coat and Crossbeam are portfolio companies of Thoma Bravo, a private equity firm.

Blue Coat’s service provider and enterprise customers will benefit from complementary technologies.

Greg Clark, chief executive officer, Blue Coat Systems, said: “With Crossbeam, Blue Coat gains a best-in-class support infrastructure and a high performing platform that scales to meet the needs of even the most complex enterprise IT environments.”

The Crossbeam X-Series portfolio provides scalable platform that allows businesses to consolidate their security and networking infrastructures. Combined with Blue Coat’s Unified Security solution, the X-Series is an ideal control point in the network for managing applications that secure both inbound and outbound traffic from all users in any location.

“Blue Coat and Crossbeam are natural partners. The combination of Blue Coat’s web security solutions and Crossbeam’s scalable X-Series platform is an exciting proposition for us,” said Matthew Gyde, global general manager of security at Dimension Data.

Together, Blue Coat and Crossbeam will continue to embrace an open ecosystem and support best-of-breed ISV applications that allow customers to cost effectively deploy the security solutions that best fit their needs.

“Crossbeam has been a great partner for us, and we are committed to continuing and strengthening that relationship with Blue Coat going forward,” said Amnon Bar-Lev, president at Checkpoint.

Recently, Blue Coat Systems said several big companies in India have deployed Blue Coat solutions to optimize and secure their networks.

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