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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers


Application delivery controllers are a key component within enterprise and cloud data centers to improve application availability, performance and security. However, the market is in a state of flux, with a growing divergence between the needs of traditional I&O and application-centric personnel.

Published: 29 August 2016

ID: G00292902

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner , Joe Skorupa , Danilo Ciscato

Table Of Contents

Market Definition/Description

  • ADC Buyers

Magic Quadrant

  • Vendor Strengths and Cautions
    • A10 Networks
    • Amazon Web Services
    • Barracuda Networks
    • Brocade
    • Citrix
    • F5
    • Kemp Technologies
    • Microsoft
    • Nginx
    • Radware
    • Sangfor
  • Vendors Added and Dropped
    • Added
    • Dropped

Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria

  • Open-Source Software Considerations
  • Other Players

Evaluation Criteria

  • Ability to Execute
  • Completeness of Vision
  • Quadrant Descriptions
    • Leaders
    • Challengers
    • Visionaries
    • Niche Players


Market Overview

  • Market Drivers
  • ADC Use Cases
  • Revenue and Vendor Landscape
  • Key ADC Features
  • What Has Changed?
    • Proliferation of Application-Centric Influence
    • The Result: The Cloud Makes Load Balancers "Cool" Again
    • Shifting From Hardware to Software
    • Continued Security Interest
    • Management and Orchestration Matters
    • The Result: Change, Innovation, and Simultaneous Aggregation and Disaggregation

Gartner Recommended Reading

  • Ability to Execute
  • Completeness of Vision

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