The PacketShaper 9.2 release is the second major update for Blue Coat’s PacketShaper this year, following the 9.1 release that was announced in April that provided IPv6 visibility.
“In the 9.2 release, we added increased visibility into Web applications as well their operations, including the ability to dynamically add new and update existing application definitions within our WebPulse service,” Steve House, senior director of product management for optimization at Blue Coat, told Enterprise Networking Planet.
WebPulse is a cloud based service that has been in the market since at least 2009, aggregating data and information about applications and security threats to them.
House explained that the improved granular visibility that the 9.2 release provides is important because of the way that many advanced websites now operate.
“Social networking sites, for example, are effectively an Internet within and Internet that allow users to interact with the site and others in a variety of ways,” House said. “Having visibility into each of these operations within a single application allows businesses to align business priorities with the bandwidth consumption of these operations.”
For example, with the granular control of PacketShaper 9.2, users can granularly control the bandwidth used by Facebook activities including video and photo posting as well as messaging.