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Blue Coat Systems: Is Your Company Network Ready to Support VoIP?

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June 11, 2010

Blue Coat Systems: Is Your Company Network Ready to Support VoIP?

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

(Editor's Note: This article refers to a video interview shot at Interop (News - Alert) 2010. To view TMCnet's entire library of videos from Interop and other industry shows, demonstrations and interviews in our in-house studio, visit our Video News home page.)

At the Interop 2010 show in Las Vegas, TMC's (News - Alert) CEO Rich Tehrani had a chance to interview Blue Coat Systems' Technical Marketing Manager, Eric Tooley, who described the company as an "application network delivery company."
Blue Coat's (News - Alert) mission, Tooley said, is to "identify, secure and accelerate application traffic, no matter what network they happen to be on. Some of our most valuable applications are in the delivery of VoIP and video conferencing."
What they've found, Tooley said, is that "a lot of companies want to save money by switching to VoIP or video conferencing, reducing their fixed costs, and reducing their travel costs. But they're not sure if their current networks can support it. What you can do with Blue Coat is figure out what's running on your network today, see if you've got available bandwidth to support these new apps, and if you don't, see if you can reclaim some of that, maybe from apps that are less important."
(We do believe he's talking about our Minesweeper app here. Out of our cold, dead fingers, Mr. Tooley.)
Tehrani asked if Blue Coat's product continues to help the client once voice or VoIP is deployed on the network. "Absolutely," Tooley said. "These kinds of systems are only used by employees if they are valuable and of good consistent quality."
He noted - correctly - that "we've all been on rotten calls" where there's echo and dropout, and we've all been on video calls where the screen freezes, and nobody knows what's going on."
That's the kind of problem Blue Coat's here to solve.

View the full video interview below (Apple (News - Alert) users click here):

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David's articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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