Blue Coat Systems has added Twitter to the applications that its PacketShaper appliances can discover, monitor and control.

The visibility provided by PacketShaper appliances will allow network managers to set and enforce corporate IT policies to optimise and accelerate business applications and block or limit non-business applications.

The company claimed that PacketShaper appliances can identify and classify more than 600 applications and can monitor more than 100 metrics per application session.

This visibility will enable network managers to limit the impact of recreational applications and optimise the performance of business applications by applying granular controls such as bandwidth guarantees, limits, prioritisation and other quality of service mechanisms.

Steve House, director of product marketing at Blue Coat Systems, said: “Understanding which social media tools are being utilised and how employees are using them is valuable information that helps network administrators set and enforce corporate policies.

“Blue Coat PacketShaper appliances provide the visibility, actionable intelligence and control that enable enterprises to fully realise the value of their network investments.”