An application delivery controller (ADC) is a computer network device in a datacenter, often part of an application delivery network (ADN), that helps perform common tasks, such as those done by web accelerators to remove the load from the web servers themselves. Many also provide load balancing. ADCs are often placed in the DMZ, between the outer firewall or router and a web farm.
First generation ADCs, starting around 2004, offered simple application acceleration and load balancing. In 2006, ADCs began to mature when they started featuring advanced applications services such as compression, caching, connection multiplexing, traffic shaping, application layer security, SSL offload and content switching combined with services like server load balancing in an integrated services framework that optimized and secured business critical application flows. Application acceleration products were available from many companies by 2007.
The ADC market has been decreasing over the years, as companies are transitioning to cloud solutions instead of hardware. For this reason, virtual ADC solutions are gaining more ADC market share in recent years. The most important vendors are F5 Networks, Radware and Citrix. You can find ADC Market Size, ADC Market Share, and other trends and statistics below and you can get help with additional ADC industry market research here.
The ADC market is declining because enterprises are transitioning from Traditional IT Architectures to Multi-Cloud Architectures Requiring Less hardware. Major growth drivers for the market include several advantages of application delivery controllers such as improved performance by distributing traffic among multiple servers, optimizing resources by efficiently allocating traffic based on application types, and ensuring application and data-access consistency. Virtual appliances are the driver of growth of the ADC market. Virtual Appliances offer a cost-effective alternative with greater control when compared to the traditional application delivery controllers. Software-defined networking and virtualization have enabled more flexible deployments of application delivery controllers functionality. Virtual application delivery controllers also offer network and application innovations such as clustering, intelligent architecture, and deep packet inspection. These components ensure that applications run smoothly and effectively. The advantages of virtual application delivery controllers include simplified infrastructure, reduced costs, increased productivity, and enhanced end user experience.
ADC is a Declining market composed of two different types of solutions, divided into hardware and virtual. Hardware Based Appliances own most of the ADC market share - 62.4% of the market in 2019. Hardware based appliances have been decreasing over the years as companies are transitioning from IT architectures to Multi-Cloud Architectures requiring less hardware. Virtual Appliances market share was 37.6% of the ADC market in 2019. Virtual appliances exceed hardware based appliances in units, but since their cost is much lower, hardware is still the main revenue source for the market.
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