Gartner Magic Quadrant: Citrix Has Good Market Vision, but Has No Carrier Partners

Gartner recently released the 2015 Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers (WOC). In the report, Gartner says that Citrix has a good market vision, and has refreshed its hardware platforms, adding a large capacity of solid-state drive (SSD) memory and several new software features. Citrix supports a wide range of appliance form factors, and via TriScale, can cluster up to 32 appliances for very large data centers. Gartner recommends considering Citrix for data-center-to-data-center, branch-office-to-data center or cloud optimization, particularly when optimization of XenDesktop is important.

Gartner cautions that while Citrix supports video caching on all branch office platforms, video stream splitting is planned for late 2015, and requires hosting of third-party media servers. Although Citrix has a large number of channel partners, it has no carrier partners; however, Citrix has established partnerships with cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft (Windows Azure) and SoftLayer (an IBM company).

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