Blue Coat to acquire Crossbeam Systems

Blue Coat is set to acquire network security vendor Crossbeam Systems.

Combining cloud-based web security with scalable network security, Blue Coat said that the acquisition will lay the foundations for a broader strategy to transform the way businesses secure and optimise their networks.

The deal is expected to close on 31st December 2012, and will see Blue Coat, who were purchased by investment firm Thoma Bravo 12 months ago, combine the Crossbeam X-Series portfolio with its Unified Security solution.

Greg Clark, chief executive officer at Blue Coat, said: “Our service provider and enterprise customers are excited we are bringing together two complementary technologies. 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.”

Christian Christiansen, IDC's program vice president of security products and services, said: “Blue Coat and Crossbeam have a history of embracing emerging security ecosystems, and this acquisition potentially enables customers to further tap into even more synergistic security and networking solutions.”

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