Blue Coat Systems has expanded its BlueBox evaluation program to include Blue Coat PacketShaper appliances. Blue Coat says the program enables its channel partners to speed the sales cycle by providing PacketShaper and ProxySG appliances at discounted prices for pre-sales evaluations.
Appliances purchased through the BlueBox program ship with a full year of evaluation service, which includes software updates and 24×7 telephone support. Additionally, there is no holding limit for the evaluation appliances, which provides channel partners with the flexibility to design and support custom evaluation programs for their customers.
Blue Coat PacketShaper appliances are purpose-built to discover, classify and control more than 600 applications and monitor more than 100 metrics for each application session. With this granular visibility, network managers can apply policy-based controls in the form of bandwidth guarantees, prioritization and quality of service to business applications, such as video conferencing or customer resource management systems, to mitigate the impact of recreational applications on the performance of those that are critical to the business.