While server and storage virtualization have become mainstream elements of modern datacenter designs, emerging virtual application delivery controllers (ADCs) promise to extend the benefits of virtualization into the core of the networking infrastructure. Citrix Systems is leading the way in virtualizing ADCs with its NetScaler service delivery platform. This paper outlines the compelling benefits of consolidating networking services, and details why competing efforts pursued by F5 technology come up short for critical ADC consolidation projects.
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