It is also inherently supportive of "pay as you grow" business models, which recognize that an organization may not need service X today, but may need it next year. Rather than requiring IT to deploy a new system with X included, a platform approach enables IT to acquire service X and deploy it on its own terms. Likewise, platform-based ADCs provide these same capabilities and benefits; the ability for IT to deploy services when and where they are needed.
Clearly, ADC is a platform and must continue to be a platform in order to support the evolving need for new services and deployment models. The changing application architecture landscape, driven by cloud and API-based integration, along with agile development efforts, ultimately impacts the application and network infrastructure by introducing these new needs and requirements for services.
It is precisely because ADC is a platform that it can rapidly respond by including those services in its already extensive ecosystem -- and quickly provide access to them. Were it not a platform, it would eventually fall so far behind the pace of innovation in other areas of the data center that it would fail to provide enough value to justify its own existence.
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