Prior to being acquired by Blue Coat Systems in late 2012, Crossbeam Systems made hardware and software for application network security. It X-Series platform helped customers manage different security applications from a single unit by consolidating firewall, virtual private network (VPN), intrusion detection, network gateways, and other functions. It was certified for applications from IBM, Check Point, and Sourcefire.
Blue Coat and Crossbeam are both portfolio companies of private equity firm Thoma Bravo. The 2012 transaction brought together two market leaders that deliver complementary technologies to scale and secure some of the world's largest and most complex networks.
After the acquisition, Crossbeam's Boxborough, Massachusetts headquarters became a Blue Coat office.