Riverbed announced today that it has been positioned by Info-Tech Research Group in the ‘Champions’ quadrant of their “2012 Vendor Landscape: Application Delivery Controllers Report.” The report from Info-Tech Research Group positions vendors in one of four zones of the landscape - Champions, Market Pillars, Innovators and Emerging Players stating that ADCs have become more than load balancing and content compression. Inclusion in this Vendor Landscape required advanced features for securing servers from outside threats and offloading server functionality to decrease server load. Info-Tech focused on vendors that offer broad capabilities across multiple platforms, and that have a strong market presence and/or reputational presence among mid and mid-large sized enterprises.
The Stingray product family is recognized for its flexibility and ease of deployment into any physical, virtual, or cloud environment due to its pure software and virtual form factors. Info-Tech highlighted several key differentiators of the Stingray product family when awarding it the Champion position, including the custom scripting capability with Riverbed Stingray™ TrafficScript that provides organizations with granular control over their applications, advanced features such as WCO with Stingray Aptimizer, and the deep application-level security capabilities of the Stingray Application Firewall. You can download the complete report here.
The Vendor Landscape itself is shown below:
According to Info-Tech Research Group, as the market evolves, capabilities that were once cutting edge become default and new functionality becomes differentiating. Virtual and software appliances are becoming standard as cloud computing gains popularity, and throughput and functionality of the soft ADCs are now matching that of the physical appliances. Info-Tech also states that security is an increasing concern for feature implementation and they see SSL offload/acceleration becoming standard requirements by customers, with web application firewalls also starting to appear more frequently in ADC products.
Info-Tech also provides the following insight in their report:
- Avoid doubling up on features: Features from other network optimization appliances, like SSL Acceleration and IPv6 migration, are also available with ADCs. Be aware of paying twice for the same function
- Flexibility is key: Business growth is inevitable. Look for solutions that can match growth with minimal disruption to internal IT systems.
- Don’t pay for what you don’t need: Set up evaluations of solutions and carefully determine needs. A flexible solution will be able to meet throughput needs as the business grows without over-paying.