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Blue Coat PacketShaper S500
Visibility and Optimization for Networked Traffic

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Blue Coat PacketShaper Series
PacketShaper S500
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PacketShaper S500, 5Gbps, Visibility and Control
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PacketShaper S500, 10Gbps, Visibility and Control
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Overview:

Your business demands high performance and high efficiency from your network. Mobile, cloud & video applications drive unprecedented levels of bandwidth demand that can damage the performance of mission critical applications. Blue Coat PacketShaper helps enterprises to control bandwidth cost, deliver a superior user experience and align network resources with business priorities. It is a cloud-connected WAN and internet appliance that provides visibility into applications and web content on your network, along with powerful application-level policy management. A core element of the Blue Coat Performance Center, PacketShaper is integrated with Blue Coat Global Intelligence Network to provide real-time traffic discovery and classification of hundreds of applications and tens of millions of websites.

Align resources with business priorities. Does your network know the difference between important web traffic like online meetings, and lower-priority traffic like games or streaming media? In a world that is increasingly more interactive, mobile, and content-driven, Blue Coat PacketShaper helps enterprises control bandwidth cost, deliver a superior user experience and align network resources with business priorities:

  • Reserve bandwidth for critical applications
  • Contain disruptive traffic and slow bandwidth increases
  • Embrace new trends such as BYOD, video, cloud and social media
  • Eliminate potential bandwidth increases

New, Highly-Scalable PacketShaper S-Series

The PacketShaper S-Series products are designed to meet the needs of today's demanding enterprise network environments. Supporting throughputs ranging from 10Mbps to 10Gbps, these platforms include auto-discovery and classification of 900+ applications and tens of millions of websites. You’ll also benefit from a Cloud-connected classification engine with real-time update; real-time monitoring and reporting of application performance and bandwidth consumption, and application-level bandwidth policy with asymmetric shaping and dynamic partitioning.

Features:

Visibility

Your network and applications need to run at the speed of your business. But before you can optimize application performance, you need an accurate picture of your network traffic. The PacketShaper delivers full visibility by automatically classifying network traffic by application and content category. Integration with Microsoft Active Directory provides group- and user-based traffic views to help you understand who consumes the most bandwidth on the network. This unmatched visibility into network traffic gives you deep insights that can guide your policies and control of network traffic.

In addition, PacketShaper offers applicationintelligent Layer 7+ visibility that integrates with Blue Coat WebPulse, a part of our Global Intelligence Network that provides real-time content categorization. In addition to reporting on network and application utilization and performance, the PacketShaper validates common protocols and tracks what happens to each connection established by any application.

As the proportion of web-based traffic continues to increase, PacketShaper provides management for web-connected applications such as SaaS, social media, recreational video, and audio/video communication. All web content requested by users is automatically categorized under more than 80 logical headings, such as Collaboration, Games and Social Networking. This level of web content control and web threat visibility helps you assess the impact of recreational traffic, security threats such as malware and phishing, and undesirable content that can raise legal and compliance concerns.

Once traffic has been identified, PacketShaper monitors performance – over 100 stats per application class – in real time. It tracks the bandwidth consumed by applications and web content categories, the response time of key applications by network and server delay, and key stats such as TCP health, efficiency, and retransmissions to aid in troubleshooting. PacketShaper also powers targeted packet traces for use with protocol analysis tools.

Real-time performance metrics include mean opinion score (MOS), jitter, delay, and loss for voice and video conferencing traffic over RTP. All these capabilities can integrate into your performance management environment, providing intelligent thresholds and alerts before problems occur.

Control

PacketShaper does more than just identification and classification; it provides powerful QoS tools to protect preferred applications and web content categories while containing the impact of undesirable traffic. To maintain high network efficiency and high performance for business-critical applications traffic must be segmented and prioritized. Control should be built on visibility, so that network administrators can partition traffic and prioritize it by its relevant values to your business. Network administrators may want to restrict recreational video or BYOD downloads to a small but reasonable portion of network bandwidth so it neither impacts important business applications nor incurs the wrath of sports enthusiasts (including vice presidents and senior directors) or BYOD-driven employees. For example, you can exert the following QoS controls with the PacketShaper:

  • Improve user experience by guarantying bandwidth to latency-sensitive applications such as VoIP, video conferencing, and virtual desktops.
  • Protect performance of key business applications via bandwidth allocation and prioritization over non-essential traffic.
  • Allow access to social network sites such as Facebook and YouTube, but limit their bandwidth impact on the network.
  • Guarantee per-flow bandwidth and automatically enforce appropriate transfer rates for systems at the far end of the network to deliver bidirectional QoS.
  • Protect the best, contain the rest: align network usage with your business priorities based on applications and content.

Monitoring

With the visibility and control provided by PacketShaper, your network is running at its optimal efficiency. But it is always a good idea to monitor your network activities regularly and make appropriate adjustments if necessary.

The real-time dashboard monitoring tool, part of the PacketShaper offering, provides you with immediate intelligence about what is consuming your network bandwidth and how your network bandwidth is being utilized. The dashboard enables you to see which applications or users are consuming the most bandwidth and how much of your available network bandwidth is being consumed at any given moment. The dashboard updates every few seconds, giving you real-time visibility into the status of the traffic on your network.

Specifications:

PacketShaper S5001 Specifications:
Models: 2GH 5GH 10GH
Maximum Capacity:
LINK SPEED WITH SHAPING2 2Gbps 5Gbps 10Gbps
IP FLOWS (TCP)3 1,000K 1,500K 2,000K
IP FLOWS (UDP) 500K 1,000K 2,000K
CLASSES 10K 10K 10K
DYNAMIC PARTITIONS 20K 35K 55K
STATIC PARTITIONS 10K 15K 20K
SHAPING POLICIES 10K 10K 10K
MAX MATCHING RULES 25K 25K 25K
MATCHING RULES PER CLASS 1K 1K 1K
IP HOSTS 550K 575K 600K
MAX AD GROUPS 250 250 250
SYSTEM
AVAILABLE SLOTS 2 Full Height / 2 Half Height
NETWORK I/O MODULES
(WITH BYPASS CAPACITY)
4 x 10/100/1000Base-T
4 x 1000Base-F, SX4
4 x 1000Base-F, LX4
2 x 10GBase-T
2 x 10GBase-F, LR
2 x 10GBase-F, SR
ONBOARD PORTS 1x1GbE Copper Management Port5
CONSOLE PORT 1 RS-232 (AT-Compatible) with male DB-9 connecto
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
DIMENSIONS (L x W x H) 710mm x 433.3mm x 87.2mm
(27.95in x 17.05in x 3.43in) (chassis only)
812.8mm x 433.4mm x 87.2mm
(32in x 17.06in x 3.43in) (chassis with extensions)
2 RU height
WEIGHT (MAX) Approx. 7.4 kg (16.4 lbs) +/- 5% Approx. 12.8 kg ( 28 lbs) +/- 5% Approx. 30kg (66.12 lbs) +/- 5%
OPERATING ENVIRONMENT
AC POWER Dual redundant and hot swappable power supplies
100-240VAC, 50-60Hz, 12-5A
TOTAL OUTPUT POWER 1100 Watts
THERMAL RATING Typical: 2598.42 BTU/Hr, Max: 3751 BTU/Hr
OPTIONAL DC POWER Input voltage range: 40 - 72 VDC
Input Max Current: 30A
Total Output Power: 1100W
TEMPERATURE 5°C to 40°C (41°F to 104°F) at sea level
HUMIDITY 20 to 80% relative humidity, non-condensing
ALTITUDE 20 to 80% relative humidity, non-condensing

1Compression and Monitor Only Mode are not offered in the PacketShaper S-Series.
2Not all capacities can be maximized simultaneously
3PacketShaper can support additional hosts and flows; these figures represent ideal maximum concurrent flows for producing optimal results; numbers are rounded up or down to the nearest thousand.
4Requires one full-height expansion slot.
5No NIC is included in the base system, NIC cards must be added as optional equipment at time of ordering.

Documentation:

Download the Blue Coat PacketShaper S200, S400, S500 Datasheet (PDF).

Pricing Notes:

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Blue Coat PacketShaper Series
PacketShaper S500
PacketShaper S500, 2Gbps, Visibility and Control
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PacketShaper S500, 5Gbps, Visibility and Control
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PacketShaper S500, 10Gbps, Visibility and Control
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Cold Standby Unit
Blue Coat PS-S500, Cold Standby
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Software Upgrades
PacketShaper S500 spec upgrade - 2Gbps to 5Gbps
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PacketShaper S500 spec upgrade - 2Gbps to 10Gbps
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PacketShaper S500 spec upgrade - 5Gbps to 10Gbps
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Cold Standby Software Upgrades
Cold Standby SW Upgrade to PacketShaper S500 2Gbps, Visibility and Control
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Cold Standby SW Upgrade to PacketShaper S500 5Gbps, Visibility and Control
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Cold Standby SW Upgrade to PacketShaper S500 10Gbps, Visibility and Control
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