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Reasons why an Application Delivery Controller (ADC) is better than a traditional load balancer

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Today’s networks are beset by unprecedented demands for optimal application performance and real-time data. What IT leaders desperately need is a smart ADC and vastly improved visibility into their networks, something traditional load balancers cannot provide.

Don’t let today’s network challenges slow you down.

Web application traffic is less predictable and more complex than ever. A rapid rise in network and application traffic is becoming harder to judge and difficult to manage.

Yet many organisations are still living with load balancers. A recent Network World survey on ADCs shows that 40% of respondents are only a little or not at all familiar with ADCs.

So is it wise for organisations to continue working blind with just a load balancer to protect systems, maintain compliance and mange performance?

Here are the top application delivery issues from an IDG Research surveys of 108 IT managers in June 2014.

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The big problem is that load balancers were designed as single purpose appliances for high availability and were not designed to handle the multiple tasks the web application landscape now requires; in particular, traffic filtering, security and compliance. Those that are equipped to deal with them often experience poor performance as a result.

Gain better performance, security and visibility.

IT leaders now see the benefits an ADC provides by giving traffic visibility that traditional load balancers cannot. (Source: IDG Research surveys of 108 IT managers, June 2014.)

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Citrix goes on to demonstrate the business case for an ADC versus a load balancer, with input from the NetworkWorld survey on ADCs and client reviews. Third party tests also prove how Citrix NetScaler ADC is outperforming others on the market.

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