Blue Coat Systems, Inc. and Alcatel-Lucent, today announced a multi-year, global strategic reseller agreement to bring industry-leading web caching and content delivery solutions to service providers worldwide. Under the terms of the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will sell Blue Coat products, including Blue Coat® ProxySG® and CacheFlow® appliances, to Alcatel-Lucent customers worldwide – including tier-one telcos, managed service providers, regional ISPs and mobile operators. The products are available immediately.
Alcatel-Lucent will specifically leverage the CacheFlow appliance as a complement to Alcatel-Lucent’s Velocix Content Delivery Network solution. The Velocix Digital Media Delivery Platform manages the distribution of digital content and is based on open Internet based video standards. The CacheFlow appliance reduces the strain of bandwidth-consuming dynamic Web 2.0 and video content by transparently caching such “over-the-top” content, providing bandwidth savings for carriers and a better experience for users. The CacheFlow appliance also helps service providers manage traffic “spikes” due to unusually high demand for content on breaking news or special events. Working together, Alcatel-Lucent and Blue Coat will exploit innovative content delivery technologies, including a new generation of Web and video caching, to enable service providers to enhance their customers’ video and web experience while offering reduced overall costs associated with bandwidth delivery and backhaul. Multimedia caching technology allows operators to store some content locally closer to the user to improve delivery performance across the network and user experience. In addition, Blue Coat ProxySG and PacketShaper® appliances can provide service providers with a range of security, application acceleration and visibility capabilities to further improve the user experience, add value in content and application delivery and provide protection from malicious threats and phishing.
“With this relationship we see significant opportunity to help service providers capitalize on growing consumer demand for access to high-speed video over the Internet by leveraging their existing infrastructure investments,” said Paul Larbey, vice president of Alcatel-Lucent’s Velocix Content Delivery Network solutions. “The Blue Coat platform is proven in some of the largest service provider and enterprise environments in the world, and it complements our existing products and services, giving service providers another tool to improve and simplify video delivery.”
The Alcatel-Lucent Services team will play an integral role in assisting customers to take full advantage of intelligent application delivery using Blue Coat solutions. Expanded services include deployment and configuration support, capacity planning, custom security and compliance policy definition and implementation, as well as other consulting and technical integration services.
With more than 100,000 appliances deployed globally, Blue Coat (bluecoat.com) delivers proven, service provider-class solutions – with the ProxySG and CacheFlow appliances – for accelerating, optimizing and securing Web content and applications and reducing costs.
“With Alcatel-Lucent’s market-leading position in networking infrastructure solutions and its well-earned reputation among service providers, Blue Coat sees tremendous opportunity with this strategic relationship to expand its already established global footprint with service providers,” said Mike Borman, president and chief executive officer, Blue Coat Systems. “Alcatel-Lucent’s selection of Blue Coat also highlights the strong synergies between the two companies around application delivery and next-generation service enablement.”
Alcatel-Lucent brings together the unique experience as a CDN platform provider and a prior provider of CDN services, along with the focus on bringing technologies that provide intelligent delivery for large Multi-gigabyte media assets. The Velocix Digital Media Delivery platform is enabling operators today to dramatically improve their subscribers’ experience and become part of the digital media value chain. It’s also a key element of Alcatel-Lucent’s High Leverage Network™ (HLN) architecture which addresses the dual challenge of simultaneously scaling and managing network capacity to meet increasing bandwidth demand while delivering differentiated, revenue generating services.