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December 17, 2013
More than a year after Cisco Systems quit the market for load balancers, other vendors are still scrambling for the market share abandoned by the IP networking giant.
One of those hopefuls is KEMP Technologies Inc. , which recently announced that its application delivery controller software now runs on any Cisco UCS C-Series Server.
Kemp's LoadMaster Operating System completed Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) Interoperability Verification Testing program, and can now enable streamlined application delivery inside the UCS infrastructure, rather than risking possible latency issues that could occur with communication to external load balancer appliances. That means Cisco customers that had used the vendor giant's Application Control Engine (ACE) with Cisco Catalyst 6500 products can now use Kemp's LMOS for Cisco UCS C-Series Servers in its place.
Kemp's move continues the scramble that began when Cisco pulled back on its ACE platform in September of 2012. Citrix Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS), F5 Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: FFIV), Radware Ltd. (Nasdaq: RDWR), A10 Networks Inc. , and Riverbed Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: RVBD) are among the other ADC vendors that looked to take advantage. Cisco later inked a resale partnership with Citrix, viewed by analysts to be the market share runner-up behind leader F5. (See Cisco Ready to Quit Load Balancers, Riverbed Intros ADC-as-a-Service, and A10 Gains From Cisco's Exit & Ericsson's Hand.)
Kemp, though, is a member of the Cisco Developer Network, and the company also brought in a ringer of sorts last month by naming Atchison Frazer as its chief marketing officer: Frazer used to be a marketing executive in Cisco's global enterprise group.
"SDN may be something of a threat to companies like Cisco, but by combining our load balancer software with Cisco hardware, we can add value to their hardware," Frazer recently told Light Reading. "That can help blunt the commoditization of hardware."
Still, like everything else, ADC hardware products themselves are gradually becoming more virtualized, a fact that leaves the current ADC market a bit flat for now, according to recent numbers from Dell'Oro Group. However, Frazer says Kemp considers itself a software company first.
— Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, Light Reading
You want Dans? We got 'em! This one, "Fancy" Dan O'Shea, has been covering the telecom industry for 20 years, writing about virtually every technology segment and winning several ASBPE awards in the process. He previously served as editor-in-chief of Telephony magazine, and was the founding editor of FierceTelecom. Grrrr! Most recently, this sleep-deprived father of two young children has been a Chicago-based freelance writer, and continues to pontificate on non-telecom topics such as fantasy sports, craft beer, baseball and other subjects that pay very little but go down well at parties. In his spare time he claims to be reading Ulysses (yeah, right), owns fantasy sports teams that almost never win, and indulges in some fieldwork with those craft beers. So basically, it's time to boost those bar budgets, folks!
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