Top-Ranked Application Deliver Controller and Load Balancer Solutions Are Identified in the Latest EMA Radar™ Report

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New EMA research identifies 12 industry-leading application deliver controller (ADC) and load balancer (LB) solutions from the end-user perspective

The good news for customers is that there are plenty of ADC/LB choices on the market that are designed to fit a range of budgets and deployment environments.

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), a leading IT and data management research and consulting firm, today announced the release of its newest EMA Radar Report titled, "EMA Radar for Application Delivery Controllers and Load Balancers: Q4 2011."

The relentless demand for high performing applications both inside and outside of enterprises has caused more and more IT organizations to turn to network-based delivery optimization technologies. What started as load balancers and layer 7 switches have evolved into what are now known as application delivery controllers (ADCs). An ADC can be considered the next generation load balancer. Load balancing remains a core component of today's ADCs, but their functionality has expanded to include other features such as application acceleration, compression, caching, SSL offload, and application layer security, to name just a few. While the ADC/LB market is mature, with total annual product sales in the global market in excess of $1.7 billion (based on EMA research and estimates), it is also very active and competitive, with new products and new features being introduced on a regular basis.

Created to assist IT professionals in selecting the right ADC/LB products, EMA has identified the leading vendors in this space based on key criteria defined by EMA Managing Research Director Jim Frey and EMA Senior Analyst Tracy Corbo.

Evaluations were conducted based on extensive criteria in:

-Deployment and administration
-Cost advantage
-Architecture and integration
-Functionality
-Vendor strength

“The good news for customers is that there are plenty of ADC/LB choices on the market that are designed to fit a range of budgets and deployment environments,” said Tracy Corbo, EMA Senior Analyst. “The bad news is that with such a range of choices and options it can be a somewhat daunting task to know where to start.”

“We found there to be many solid ADC/LB solutions designed for the scale of high-end enterprises, but there are also a whole class of solutions designed to meet the more sensitive cost points of smaller and mid-sized organizations,” EMA Managing Research Director Jim Frey went on to add. “Cloud and virtualization are also having a direct impact on ADC/LB product architectures, and not all solutions have been created equally.”

Results identify key strengths and weaknesses and highlight characteristics, summarized in a detailed market map and Radar Chart – which includes a composite score for each vendor – making it simple to see how vendors measure up in the market, as well as against other vendors.
The ADC/LB Radar Report provides a detailed, comparative study of services from the following vendors:

1. Array Networks
2. ActivNetworks
3. Barracuda Networks
4. A10 Networks
5. Brocade Communication Systems
6. Cisco Systems
7. Citrix Systems
8. CoyotePoint
9. F5 Networks
10. Kemp Technologies
11. Radware
12. Zeus/Riverbed Technology

Download the full report and report summary:

Complete EMA Radar for Application Delivery Controllers and Load Balancers: Q4 2011
EMA Radar for Application Delivery Controllers and Load Balancers: Q4 2011 Free Summary

About the EMA Radar Report
The EMA Radar Report delivers an in-depth analysis of industry-leading vendors and vendor products, including their overall market position in comparison with other vendors. This information is laid out in an easy-to-decipher, detailed Radar Chart - which includes the composite score for each vendor – making it simple to see how vendors measure up in the market, as well as against other vendors. The EMA Radar report also provides a detailed discussion of methodology and criteria, a high-level market segment overview, a comprehensive analyst write-up on each vendor, as well as an evaluation of software products based on five key dimensions:

1. Ease of Deployment & Administration: This dimension rates vendors on start-up cost and effort, as well as ongoing operational cost and effort. Ease of Deployment is measured by scoring implementation timeframe, support, professional services, training, and auto-discovery factors. Ease of administration and automation of management are measured for the Administration component.
2. Cost Advantage: Considering licensing models, the price for a license, as well as maintenance costs, this dimension scores products on their relative price advantage when compared to others in the market. Low price, flexible licensing model, and reasonable maintenance costs are awarded the highest scores.
3. Architecture & Integration: This dimension assesses the strength and extensibility of the core architecture, as well as the ease of integration and availability of existing modules for integration with other products.
4. Functionality: This dimension assesses the features of the products on a number of important factors for the product category. Completeness of the product features, as well as ease of use is measured.
5. Vendor Strength: This dimension considers not just the vendor’s financial strength and presence in the market but also their vision, market credibility and partnerships/channels to reflect their overall strength as a supplier.

About EMA
Founded in 1996, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) is a leading industry analyst firm that specializes in providing deep insight across the full spectrum of IT and data management technologies. EMA analysts leverage a unique combination of practical experience, insight into industry best practices, and in-depth knowledge of current and planned vendor solutions to help its clients achieve their goals. Learn more about EMA research, analysis, and consulting services for enterprise line of business users, IT professionals and IT vendors at http://www.enterprisemanagement.com or blogs.enterprisemanagement.com. You can also follow EMA on Twitter or Facebook.

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