In Pictures: Top tools for WAN optimisation

Upstarts Exinda and Ipanema challenge network optimisation kingpin, Riverbed

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We hoped Blue Coat would deliver the Holy Grail: performance, visibility, and control, but what we got in Mach5 was a disappointment. One of the most experienced proxy engineering teams built the Proxy SG and Blue Coat also owns an amazingly strong technology with their PacketShaper product. Yet Blue Coat delivered a GUI from the dark ages, minimal feature set, and none of the technology that could have made Mach5 best in class. Although Blue Coat was the only vendor in our test who actually understood the right way to handle SSL decryption, that’s not enough to save them from finishing in the middle of the pack.

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