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Blue Coat claims lead in WAN optimization market

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From the 'faster networks' files:

WAN optimization and app delivery vendor Blue Coat for the first quarter of 2009 was the leader for global market share in the WAN Application Delivery market. That's no small feat.

It's a claim that Blue Coat stated today in a press release with stats taken from the IDC report, "Worldwide WAN Application Delivery 2008 and 1Q09 Vendor Shares." (I do not have currently have a copy of that report myself).

According to Blue Coat the report pegs Blue Coat as the market leader for the first quarter of 2009 with 29.5 percent market share on $67.4 million in revenue. Considering the competition in the WAN Application Delivery market which included Cisco, Riverbed and Citrix to name just a few, being number one is a big deal in my view.

"Blue Coat established itself as the market leader in the first quarter of 2009," Lucinda (Cindy) Borovick, vp of data center networks, IDC said in a statement. "This leadership results from a differentiated value proposition for the distributed enterprise."

Borovick notes in a different statement that,"... IDC believes that this market will continue its fast-paced, highly competitive spirit as new branch platforms and virtual form factors enter the market."

I completely agree.

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