Gartner recently published the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers report. According to Gartner analysts, “The application delivery controller is a key component within enterprise and cloud data centers to improve availability, security and performance of applications. Application-centric personnel are increasingly influencing ADC selections, which is accelerating innovation and change in the market.”

As noted in the report, “…application delivery controllers (ADCs) provide functions that optimize delivery of enterprise applications across the network. ADCs provide functionality for both user-to-application and application-to-application traffic, and effectively bridge the gap between the application and underlying protocols and traditional packet-based networks. This market evolved from the load-balancing systems that were developed in the latter half of the 1990s to ensure the availability and scalability of websites. Enterprises use ADCs today to improve the following aspects of their applications: Availability, Scalability, End-user performance, Data center resource utilization, Security.”

“The ADC market provides asymmetrical solutions to improve the reliability, performance, efficiency and security of a wide range of applications. This market continues to be very innovative as new application-centric buyers are emerging to drive change in the market, including changes in deployment, pricing and the overall vendor landscape for application delivery.”

AppViewX (ADC Orchestration) has been mentioned in the Other Players section of the report. These vendors do not currently meet Gartner’s inclusion criteria, but can address application delivery requirements in certain usage scenarios.

Gartner clients can download a copy of the report, Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers, on Gartner.com.

* Gartner Report Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers, by Andrew Lerner, Mark Fabbi, Danilo Ciscato, and Joe Skorupa, published October 6, 2015. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.