Cisco ACE

Cisco® ACE (Application Control Engine) the Virtual Data Center (AVDC) integrates primary data center components, with applications.


ZEVENET® began its public release in October 2010, and we have not stopped refining security, scalability, and high availability technology ever since.

Strengths & Weaknesses: Cisco ACE & ZEVENET

See how ZEVENET and Cisco ACE compare across some of the most critical ADC capabilities.

Cisco ACE’s Strengths

Has large and loyal customer base and substantial load balancing solutions.
On the ACE module cisco pioneered virtualized load balancing features that are attractive, large-scale infrastructure load-balancing requirements.
Developed a “pay as you grow” licensing model to reduce the number of platforms to a minimum and to provide flexibility to its customer base.
A focus on bundled solutions will appeal to organizations that do not have sophisticated bundled requirements.

ZEVENET’s Strengths

Disruptive vision with a stable growth as challengers in the ADC market, with an agile team and engaged community.
Innovation driven with Open Source technology with no vendor lock-in and broad platforms integration (hardware, virtual, bare metal and cloud).
Very high cost-effective solutions without limitation products and services, suitable for both midsize organizations and large enterprises.
Investment in R&D to deliver a technology driven by easiness, performance and security.
Is a complete ADC (Application Delivery Controller) that could manage all kinds of network protocols (UDP, TCP, HTTP/S, SCTP, SIP, T/FTP, …) but also with a combination of all of them simultaneously and multiport capabilities; and it’s not oriented to licensed features.
Its operating system is fully optimized for networking so it is capable to move in layer 7 more than 140 thousand concurrent users and in layer 4 more than 10 million concurrent users with only 2 dedicated cores.
Ability to create configuration backups, easy cluster configuration, automatic replication from one node to another and stateful cluster with real time sessions replications that permits a failover between nodes without losing any connection.
Provides an integrated IPDS security system with real time black hole lists, DoS protection, black/white listing and protection of the most common network attacks.
Provides a very UX graphic interface for both operators and network engineers in Angular 2 technology.
Automation capabilities thanks to it’s fully programmable REST+JSON API.

Cisco ACE’s Weaknesses

Cisco has demonstrated limited application knowledge compared with its competitors.
Next generation service architectures are not complete and not encompassed ADC functionality.
Decline in clients request concerning Cisco’s ADC solutions-reflected in continuing marketing decline.

ZEVENET’s Weaknesses

Young brand as an open source company and yet to develop a big influence than other more established vendors.
Needs to develop a broader partnership network.

*Summarised from the latest Gartner ADC report.


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Successful Case

Schoolcraft is a current customer which, after considering vendors like Cisco, finally chose us instead because we are able to ssl offload, reverse proxy and http header analysis in layer 7, features that Cisco does not offer to their customers.


We have been running The ZVA64 Enterprise Edition 4000 Layer-7 Load Balancer for almost 7 months. The product has continued to pay for itself throughout its life cycle. We’re constantly amazed by the power, simplicity and efficiency of this product. We use ZEVENET to Load Balance our two main applications (WebAdvisor & Blackboard) in the College with more than 5000 users.
I wanted to mention that these days, when the opposite of good customer and tech support tends to be the norm, it’s always great having a Team like ZEVENET!
I’d highly recommend The ZVA64 Enterprise Edition 4000 to others.


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