The Blue Coat Secure Web Gateway Virtual Appliance (SWG VA) combines the market-leading security capabilities of Blue Coat ProxySG with the flexibility of virtualization to provide a cost-effective enterprise branch office solution. An integral part of the Blue Coat Security and Policy Enforcement Center, the Blue Coat SWG Virtual Appliance allows businesses to support web security and other critical remote office infrastructure on a common platform, reducing costs and IT resource requirements.
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Web 2.0 Security and Control
Enterprises are constantly challenged to keep up with the increasing volume and sophistication of web threats. The same challenge is now compounded by the rapid enterprise adoption of mobile and Web 2.0 applications, such as social networking, content streaming, blogs, media downloads and cloud-based apps, which are all prime targets of modern malware.
Compounding the risks are the business challenges many enterprises face at the branch offices. Reduced on-site IT staff, offices dispersed around the globe, time-zone differences and shipping logistics are just few of the challenges that can easily create security gaps that modern malware can exploit.
The Blue Coat Unified Security Solution is uniquely designed to offer a comprehensive,
enterprise-wide web security solution that can help close network security gaps and protect users wherever they work. SWG VA extends the same rich policy controls in ProxySG to the
branch environment. With unified reporting that provides a single pane of glass visibility across all users, and centralized management through the Blue Coat Director, the SWG VA solution allows enterprises to seamlessly extend full protection and control to their branch offices.
The SWG VA includes Blue Coat WebFilter, which is backed by the WebPulse collaborative defense, a cloud service with a network effect of more than 75 million users. With WebPulse, customers benefit from the same high level of protection regardless of how their Blue Coat solution is deployed, e.g., ProxySG at corporate headquarters, virtual appliance at remote offices or cloud services for field workers. With Blue Coat, every customer is protected with industry-leading, real-time security against the latest malware, multi-dimensional categories and granular application controls.
For years, many considered a zero-day defense to be the best security available. However, while zero-day solutions can react extremely quickly to malware attacks, they still must wait for an attack to launch before acting on it. Distributed enterprise is particularly at risk since an attack at one branch office can quickly spread across the entire enterprise network. Blue Coat has effectively made zero-day defense obsolete with negative day defense.
At any given time, WebPulse monitors over 500 malware delivery networks (malnets),
which are often used to launch attacks and spread malware. By constantly monitoring the
world’s largest source of malware, delivering as much as 2/3 of all malware to users, Blue Coat can identify suspicious behavior and proactively block attacks at the origin. With Negative-Day Defense, Blue Coat security solutions can now proactively defend against malicious attacks before they launch.
Deploying physical security appliances is a challenge at remote offices with little space or
onsite IT support. Not only do appliances take up highly valuable space, administrators must
also learn how to deploy and manage unique appliance hardware.
Blue Coat SWG VA greatly simplifies the deployment of Secure Web Gateway solutions by enabling hardware consolidation and alleviating much of the IT administrative overhead. Running on VMWare ESX and ESXi, SWG VA shares the same server hardware with other virtual appliances, which significantly streamlines and accelerates the SWG deployment process. As a result, deployment that once took days can now be completed in just hours.
Optimize IT Resources
Many enterprises are electing to consolidate IT staff and reduce on-site staff at remote offices.
As a result, fewer administrators are available to handle remote office administration, including network security, network infrastructure and endpoints/laptops. Staff reduction is all part of the ongoing enterprise effort to control costs by doing more with less.
With SWG VA, IT administrators can focus on managing the application rather than the entire appliance, better utilizing the administrator’s time. Now, even the once-complex task of expanding the network to support additional users – a task that once involved installation of new appliances – can be accomplished with simple license upgrade.
Accelerate Disaster Recovery
Instead of duplicating all network and security infrastructure for redundancy, enterprises often rely on rapid support to provide business continuity at remote offices. Even with this approach, enterprises often face delays due to the logistics and overhead to migrate to a new system.
With SWG VA, enterprises can quickly bring up a SWG deployment in case of disaster
recovery, and even leverage a backup image of the solution.
Proven Support with BlueTouch
When managing multiple remote and branch office locations it is imperative that your security administrator have access to qualified technical resources. Blue Coat BlueTouch Services offers this through 24/7 technical and online support, customer care, service options, training services and professional services.
An experienced and certified technical support staff is available at six interconnected support centers worldwide to rapidly respond to and solve support requests. BlueTouch support service options protect your business by providing access to software updates and helping to smoothly manage your business and IT operations. Blue Coat systems training and professional services are also available to bring your administrator quickly up to speed and provide customized consulting support.
- License Options: 25, 50, 100, 250, 500 and 1000 users
- Upgrades: Available to any larger license
- Duration: 1 and 3 years
Required Hardware Specifications
- CPU: Single Core
- Memory: 4GB
- Virtual Disks: Two
- Disk Capacity: 200 GB per Disk
Minimum Software Specifications
- VMWare: ESX and ESXi version 4.x and 5.0
- SGOS: SGOS 6.4
- Throughput: 100 Mbps
- Max Connection: 10,000 HTTP Connections2
- SW Support Included in User License
- VMWare: VMWare-certified
- Federal Certification: Please contact: Federal_Certification@bluecoat.com
1. Performance data based on 2.67 GHz Xeon processor and ESX
version 4.1. Individual performance may vary.
2. Maximum connections will vary with user licenses. Please refer to the sizing guide for details
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