Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

Oct 3 2013   5:53PM GMT

Word of the Day: application delivery controller (ADC)

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Word of the Day

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is application delivery controller (ADC), a network device that manages client connections to complex Web and enterprise applications. In general, a controller is a hardware device or a software program that manages or directs the flow of data between two entities. Continued…

Related Terms

load balancing
hardware load balancing device
authentication, authorization and accounting
wide area network (WAN)


“When choosing an ADC, it is important for an IT organization to understand how its hypervisor management system will interface with the load balancer and how the ADC supports the dynamic creation and movement of virtual machines.” Dr. Jim Metzler

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