Last December we reported Blue Coat would be acquired by Thoma Bravo. After a special meeting of shareholders held earlier today, that acquisition has turned into a merger between Blue Coat and Thoma Bravo. Blue Coat declined to comment (due to company policy) on whether this change was a result of the investor who sued Blue Coat over the Thoma Bravo buyout.
Such an unheaval has not prevented the Web security and WAN optimization vendor from announcing new advancements and offerings. In addition to being named a leader in Gartner’s 2012 WAN optimization Magic Quadrant, Blue Coat has added the ablity to optimize encrypted Flash video already this year. Like many industry experts and IT vendors, Blue Coat believes video traffic over enterprise WANs will become even more important than in prior years and sees it well-positioned for this trend.