Gartner Research

Critical Capabilities for Application Delivery Controllers

Published: 29 August 2016

ID: G00308460

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner , Danilo Ciscato, Mark Fabbi


This research evaluates a range of application delivery controller vendors against the growing split between Mode 1 and Mode 2 use cases in the market. When issuing RFPs, network equipment and application development decision makers should use this bifurcation to craft appropriate vendor shortlists.

Table Of Contents

What You Need to Know


  • Critical Capabilities Use-Case Graphics
  • Vendors
    • A10 Networks
    • Amazon Web Services
    • Barracuda Networks
    • Brocade
    • Citrix
    • F5 Networks
    • Kemp
    • Microsoft
    • Nginx
    • Radware
    • Sangfor
  • Context
  • Product/Service Class Definition
  • Critical Capabilities Definition
    • Core ADC Functions
    • Advanced ADC Functions
    • Platform Scale
    • Small Platforms
    • Commercial Application Support
    • Feature Extensibility
    • Deployment Options
    • Software Accessibility
    • Management
  • Use Cases
    • Infrastructure Load Balancing
    • Standard Enterprise Applications
    • Customized Enterprise Applications
    • Midmarket ADC
    • Mode 2 Application Development
    • Mode 1/Mode 2 Hybrid ADC
  • Vendors Added and Dropped
    • Added
    • Dropped

Inclusion Criteria

  • Critical Capabilities Rating

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