Gartner has published the 2016 Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers. At Citrix, we are pleased to see that we are positioned as a leader in this space for the tenth year, and we are positioned furthest overall for completeness of vision.

Our strategy for Mode 2 includes the launch of NetScaler CPX, in container form factor, and NetScaler Management and Analytics System at Synergy 2016 and the announcement of NetScaler CPX Express at LinuxCon, targeting microservices application developers.

“We are honored to be recognized by Gartner for our achievements and placed in the Leaders Quadrant of the ADC MQ for the tenth consecutive year. Our disciplined execution in delivering innovations for both Mode 1 and Mode 2 application environments has been a major focus for Citrix this past year. Our commitment to meet the needs of our customers and respond to the changing technology environment is highlighted by the delivery of NetScaler CPX, an ADC in a Docker container, NetScaler Management and Analytics System for seamless management of ADC infrastructure, and continued innovations for security with Web Application Firewall and Security Insight. We believe all of this led to Gartner’s recognition and positioning us furthest for completeness of vision in the 2016 MQ report, as well as  guidance to its clients to consider Citrix for all ADC opportunities globally.” — Ash Chowdappa, Vice President and General Manager, NetScaler, Citrix

Shifting Market Focus for ADCs

In their report, Gartner states that “application delivery controllers are a key component within enterprise and cloud data centers to improve application availability, performance and security.”

They then state that “the market is in a state of flux, with a growing divergence between the needs of traditional I&O and application-centric personnel”.

The industry is pivoting to software and organizations are investing in data center technologies to provide automated, software-defined infrastructures that can traverse on-premises and cloud-based environments.

As customers’ needs are changing to support workloads in the cloud, we believe we are in line with the needs of the market in support of bimodal IT and software-based solutions.

In the 2016 Magic Quadrant, we are placed furthest for completeness of vision which we believe is largely due to our clear strategy and roadmap to support containerized and micro services application delivery infrastructures, as well as our focus on cloud and virtualized infrastructure.

Citrix Continues to Innovate

In their strategic planning assumptions Gartner stated that “By the end of 2018, more than 30% of enterprises will use containerized ADC form factors in their environments, up from less than 5% today.”

With the announcement of NetScaler CPX for containers, not only has Citrix released a product, but it has also integrated with leading container orchestration systems including Docker Swarm, Google Kubernetes and Mesos Marathon.

Citrix is focused on being a strategic cloud solutions provider for the enterprise, and NetScaler is currently available as part of the Citrix Cloud offering, as well as being available on leading public cloud platforms, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and IBM Softlayer.

We built the NetScaler Management and Analytics System to support hybrid cloud deployments with capabilities to configure and manage systems both on premises and in the cloud and to consolidate and analyze data from devices across the cloud.

To address the need for more performance in virtualized environments Citrix has invested in its virtual appliance portfolio, offering the industry leading 40 Gbps VPX platform.

We intend to continue to innovate in these and other areas.

Read the Gartner ADC MQ

If you would like, take a look at the Gartner MQ for application delivery controllers.

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