WAN optimization equipment makerBlue Coat Systems Inc. has added so-called split-screen video technology to its ProxySG line of appliances. Blue Coat calls it optimized video delivery, but what it does is allow a single video stream to be seen by a large number of viewers in many locations.

In a news release issued Monday, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company said the new capability utilizes a combination of stream-splitting and caching technologies that allow organizations to expand the use of video internally without increasing bandwidth capacity. It also helps prevent “video floods” that saturates a company's WAN or Internet gateway when staffers watch live video from the Web.
 
Optimized video delivery is available now on ProxySG appliances. Existing customers can download the capability by paying what Blue Coat says is a minimal fee.

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Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of ITWorldCanada.com and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including ITBusiness.ca and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@] soloreporter.com