Blue Coat and NetApp to provide high-density storage for industry-leading security incident response and forensics solution


New solution provides customers with significantly longer captured history of breach activity for more effective response and decreased risk

blue coat logoBlue Coat Systems and NetApp have announced the companies are working together to provide high-density storage solutions that enable extended network forensic analysis. This combination of NetApp’s high density storage and Blue Coat’s Security Analytics incident response and forensics solution provides customers a high-performance and high-density storage solution that significantly expands the capture window from weeks to months within the same physical footprint. Customers can retain more valuable evidence that can help limit exposure in the event of a breach, together with the ability to replay and reconstruct exactly how the attacker compromised the system and what was extracted.

With the advent of sophisticated targeted attacks, organisations are facing a growing demand for more scalable storage as they work to protect, detect and remediate network attacks. Blue Coat Security Analytics works to provide proactive incident response by constantly detecting malicious activity and enriching the retained data to pin point potential issues. The ability to retain and enrich more data can dramatically reduce the time it takes to discover a breach from weeks to hours.

Robert Westervelt, research manager, security products, IDC said, “A strong analytics platform gives organisations the ability to modernise the existing investments they’ve made in their security infrastructure to gain visibility over the increasingly distributed nature of the corporate environment. This visibility requires analysis of real-time events and must incorporate historical analysis to identify threats. The evolving nature of the threat landscape and attacker determination to take advantage of the complexities associated with cloud consumption, a mobile workforce and decentralised nature of digital assets demand that organisations support rapid response using this approach. Organisations must improve their ability to contain threats before any widespread damage takes place.”

As a critical component of this solution, Blue Coat provides its high-performance, 10G Security Analytics network forensics appliance in a compact 1U form factor. Capable of capturing, indexing, classifying and replaying all network traffic at speeds up to 10Gbps in a single appliance, incident response professionals can quickly get to the root cause of an attack. Combined with NetApp’s E-Series system, 240TB of storage can be delivered in only 4U of rack space, expandable to 720TB of storage per Security Analytics appliance. Blue Coat’s Security Analytics solution now supports NetApp. This joint solution is available through Blue Coat’s resellers.

“Security professionals rely on an unprecedented volume of data that they must be able to swiftly capture, control and analyse,” said Maria Olson, vice president, Global & Strategic Alliances, NetApp. “At NetApp, we ensure that security professionals have the freedom and mobility to access the data and insights they need and support key data security and compliance initiatives. Customers deploying Blue Coat Security Analytics paired with our E-Series system will be able to store, analyse and retrieve crucial data in a timely and cost effective manner.”

“At a time where organisations are being bombarded by security incidents, one of the most critical aspects of an enterprise security solution is to understand exactly what’s happening in the network,” said Peter Doggart, vice president, business development, Blue Coat. “By integrating our security analytics solution with high-density storage from NetApp, Blue Coat is enabling our customers to conduct much faster analysis and resolution of potential attacks and breaches, even in the largest, most demanding networks.”

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Blue Coat is a leader in advanced enterprise security, protecting 15,000 organisations every day, including 88 of the 100 largest global companies. Through the Blue Coat Security Platform, Blue Coat unites network, security and cloud, providing customers with maximum protection against advanced threats, while minimising impact on network performance and enabling cloud applications and services. Blue Coat was acquired by Bain Capital in March 2015. For additional information, please visit