Radware Gets Virtual With New ADC Lineup

Radware this week unveiled a virtual version of its application delivery controller (ADC) line, part of a new strategy for the Israeli application delivery and network security vendor to address ADC needs in mixed physical and virtualized data center environments.

Radware's virtual application delivery infrastructure (VADI) includes virtual ADC instances delivered at various service levels and in various form factors. Among the deployment options are a dedicated ADC on a physical device running a single virtual ADC instance, an ADC hypervisor, called ADC-VX, that enables multiple virtual ADC instances on top of Radware's OnDemand Switch, and a virtual appliance, or "soft ADC," running on a customer's existing server virtualization infrastructure.

In addition, the VADI portfolio includes additional application delivery services and both an open API and plug-ins for use with various automation and provisioning systems.

More VADI components will be introduced over the next year, according to Radware, and it's hope is to present a comprehensive offering to channel partners competing for mixed-environment data center business.

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"Our partners will have a leading offering and a very competitive one," said Sharon Trachtman, vice president of global marketing, in an interview with CRN. "For those who have the skills in place and have the virtualization environment know-how, this will enhance their capabilities."

Next: Will Radware Be Acquired?

Radware, part of the Tel Aviv-based Rad Group, has posted steady gains in the past year, and in its most recent quarterly earnings reported revenues up 30 percent year-over-year.

Some of its recent growth is attributed to the $17 million acquisition of Nortel's former Alteon application delivery assets in February 2009, which <a data-cke-saved-href="revived as a product line in November 2009.

Radware is also an oft-mentioned acquisition target, and in mid-September was the subject of intense speculation, fueled by a report in the Israeli business newspaper Globesthat either HP or IBM would buy Radware for about $945 million.