Time for a shift in the ADC market

Could software be the future for ADCs?

Research highlights provisioning delays and cost concerns with hardware Application Delivery Controllers

According to research launched today, hardware appliances are losing their grip on the Application Delivery Controller (ADC) market. The study, released by ZK Research and 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. Respondents in the study cited cost, automation and slow deployment as some of their most common frustrations with their current ADC solution.

“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.”

Additionally, more than 80% of the respondents said provisioning a new load balancer takes anywhere from days to months, while 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.

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