Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), the worldwide leader in network security and Blue Coat Systems, Inc., the market leader in business assurance technology, today announced that they are extending their successful, longstanding partnership. To drive market growth and continued success, effective immediately, Check Point will be the primary provider for the X-Series platform in the network security firewall market and will deliver frontline support for the product. The deeper relationship between the two companies makes it easier for customers to benefit from an integrated, scalable approach to their network security and is a natural extension of the partnership that began in 2002.
The Blue Coat X-Series offers high-end network security to the most demanding data center environments and is an open adaptable platform, integrating superior network and application processing. Check Point, as the leader in data center security, will become the single point-of-contact, providing a structure that supports customer requirements at all stages of their deployments and operation.
“This announcement is a great extension of Check Point’s relationship with Blue Coat, and highlights the two companies’ commitment to its partners and customers,” said Amnon Bar-Lev, president of Check Point Software Technologies. “We look forward to driving continued joint success in the market through this successful partnership.”
Check Point and Blue Coat are committed to the long-term success of the X-Series platform through ongoing innovation and technical excellence. The combination of the X-Series platform and Check Point’s award-winning Software Blade Architecture will provide customers with the high performance, scalable and customizable solutions to meet the specific security needs of any organization.
“The X-Series is a key platform for our Business Assurance Technology and plays an important role in our long-term strategy,” said Greg Clark, CEO of Blue Coat Systems. “The expansion of our relationship with Check Point is a win-win for both companies as well as our customers – allowing Check Point to focus on go-to-market strategy and customer support while Blue Coat focuses on driving innovations in the X-Series that will deliver customer value across our five centers of excellence.”
“There is strong market demand for the combination of Check Point firewalls and the highly scalable, fault tolerant X-Series platform,” said Joe Luciano, CEO of AccessIT. “With this shift to a single point of purchase and support, our end users will benefit from an integrated, scalable approach to their network security.”