Software Is the Future of Application Delivery Controller Market

ZK Research finds provisioning delays and cost concerns rampant with hardware ADCs

Santa Clara, CA — December 6, 2017 — Hardware appliances are losing their grip on the Application Delivery Controller (ADC) market, according to a study released today by ZK Research.

The study, sponsored by Avi Networks, found that 63% of respondents were considering another ADC solution for their next purchase, while nearly 40% said they might choose a cloud-native form factor.

“We’re seeing signs of a big shift in the ADC market,” said Zeus Kerravala, Principal Analyst at ZK Research. “Customers’ satisfaction with traditional solutions is tepid, while their interest in cloud-native solutions is very strong, signaling the industry is on the precipice of a major shift.”

Respondents in the study cited cost, automation and slow deployment as some of their most common frustrations with their current ADC solution.

More than 80% said provisioning a new load balancer takes anywhere from days to months. Users of hardware-based ADCs were more than twice as likely as cloud-native users to report that ADC changes “significantly” slowed application rollouts.

Configuration was another sticking point, with almost 66% of respondents unable to automate changes to their ADC.

Meanwhile, more than 33% said they didn’t know how much ADC-related downtime they’d suffered over the past year.

“It’s surprising when you consider the mission-critical importance of cloud and mobile applications,” Kerravala said. “The results suggest many businesses are losing productivity and revenue and haven’t even assessed the problem.”

Kerravala will present findings from the study at a December 6, 2017 webinar, “The Future of Application Delivery: A Study by ZK Research.” Among the points the webinar will address:

• Common application delivery challenges
• On-premises vs. cloud considerations for ADCs
• Trends in delivering cloud-native applications
• Trends in troubleshooting delivery issues
• Explanation of high demand features for network engineers
• Future solutions

For more information, download the ZK Research study here.

To register for the webinar, visit the Avi Networks website:

About Avi Networks
Avi Networks completes enterprises’ digital transformation with its smart load balancer and modern application services. Avi’s Vantage Platform can be deployed across data centers and clouds, delivering better elasticity, intelligence and cost savings by providing granular per-tenant and per-app services. Customers enjoy 5X faster application rollouts, actionable analytics and 70% lower cost.

Avi is backed by leading investors including Greylock, Lightspeed, Menlo and DAG Ventures.

About ZK Research
Zeus Kerravala is the founder and Principal Analyst with ZK Research. Kerravala provides a mix of tactical advice to help his clients in the current business climate and long term strategic advice. Kerravala provides research and advice to the following constituents: End user IT and network managers, vendors of IT hardware, software and services.

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