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Open Architecture

An adaptable foundation, open to innovation Great ideas come from many sources, not just one vendor. You need an open architecture that allows you to take advantage of new technologies and solutions from a thriving ecosystem of partners—an architecture that can adapt with your fast-changing requirements so you can fully leverage new opportunities as they emerge.

Our platform provides support for open standards and a robust policy framework, which enables integration between our products and those from third parties. Our platform is built with sophisticated policy engines, which allow fine-tune control of network traffic. These engines can support thousands of attributes, including those related to user, network, device, application and traffic characteristics. Numerous checkpoints execute context-based policies in real-time and at scale. We are heavily involved in helping to develop integration standards, including Internet Content Adaptation Protocol, Structured Threat Information eXpression and Trusted Automated eXchange of Indicator Information.

The Blue Coat Security Platform is specifically designed to secure expanding business networks, and offers an open, flexible approach, enabling seamless integration with other technologies, so you can get the best out of current and new solutions. The Secure Web Gateway occupies a unique position in your network, receiving all traffic, and holding all the information you need in order to make decisions about what to allow on your network and for your users. In addition, proxy-based inspection and policy enforcement provides a flexible, adaptable platform for integrating best-in-class security solutions into your environment and orchestrating policy controls across the solutions.

Blue Coat’s proxy-based architecture can intelligently identify protocols to apply the correct security policy. It provides termination and inspection to deliver threat detection at a much deeper level than simple packet analysis, and makes it possible to deliver more intelligent decisions about policy enforcement, as well as inform users of policy exceptions. It can also read, set and follow network QoS settings, so you can adapt QoS in line with company policies. Proxy-based policy enforcement is critical to providing customers with the ability to achieve situational policies across defined groups and users, as well as devices, locations, applications and content. Simply put, with Blue Coat’s proxy-based architecture, you can implement your business priorities with precision.

Why choose open architecture?

Blue Coat believes in supporting an open ecosystem, to add more value by providing the freedom to choose the best technology for specific tasks. With Blue Coat’s open architecture, you can:

  • Enable any authentication realm across your enterprise, to achieve accurate policy enforcement via integration with the extensive range of authentication mechanisms and vendors
  • Deliver Encrypted Traffic Management to a variety of security controls, so they can fully perform their roles in protecting against threats
  • Choose the anti-malware technology that complements your existing deployment needs, including sandboxing and anti-virus technologies
  • Deploy technology from the mobile device management (MDM) vendor of choice, based on API integration between Blue Coat and MDM vendors
  • Gain visibility into traffic and analytics based on format integration, with key log analysis and analytics solutions
  • Scale and consolidate network security solutions of choice via integration on the scalable X-Series platform.

Blue Coat's Open Architecture is delivered through our thriving Partner Ecosystem.

Defining the Next Generation of Secure Web Gateways