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The Applications Data Routing (ADR) market has its roots in the content networking market where edge devices and smart proxy technology are evolving into ADRs. Content networking vendors will continue to advance products in response to market demands, producing products that perform application layer data routing and switching functions. The deployment of applications and growth information is staggering. Web-based applications are rapidly being deployed using standards-based technology such as XML as a means to distribute information and more effectively communicate to customers, partners, and employees. New edge devices will act as Web service gateways, becoming the interface to applications and perform application layer Network Address Translation-like functions in application layer smart proxies. The adoption of Web services and XML are key drivers for the ADR market. This study examines the opportunity for emerging products and services that utilize application layer routing and switching to direct content in proper format to and from applications and data sources.

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