Sarvega: Appliance and Embeddable Software Approaches that Address XML Performance Challenges
As XML continues to proliferate on the corporate network, companies increasingly desire approaches that provide capabilities for security, management, process, and data manipulation without degrading overall network performance. As a result, hardware platform vendors are providing solutions that are able to offer substantially higher performance over purely software-based solutions. As a result, companies need new approaches to deal with messages on the network that stress the capabilities of the general purpose hardware and software that now deals with the problem. Sarvega aims to meet these needs with a family of appliance and OEM-able software solutions that provide wire-speed solutions for XML and Web Services security, transformation, and emerging messaging needs. The company has also recently announced the Sarvega XML Context Router, an XML appliance that provides secure and reliable routing and messaging capabilities for XML at wire speed based on deep content inspection and publish/subscribe messaging.[hide -1]Download…

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Grand Central Communications: Integration on Demand
The Grand Central Business Services Network offers an implementation of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) that follows the “on demand” model of delivering software functionality as a Service. Through a virtualized set of integration and Service capabilities, businesses connect to the Business Services Network, allowing them to combine and share business Services within and between organizations without the constraints of having to pay for and host their own integration infrastructure. In addition to a wide range of Services that Grand Central provides, third-party companies and partners also publish Services to the Network for global access and sharing by partners, customers and other business units. The Business Services Network thus offers the capabilities, business value, and agility benefits of Service-oriented integration as a Service to multiple companies, allowing them to conduct business with each other in a flexible, cost-effective manner, without having the bear the burden of ongoing infrastructure investment.[hide -1]…

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ZapThink: XML Inefficiency Choking Networks
Market for High Performance and Appliance Approaches for XML to reach $1.2 Billion by 2010 WALTHAM, MA, November 16, 2004 — The rapid adoption of XML and Web Services has a significant downside. As network traffic based on XML increases, IT data center administrators and developers are quickly realizing that the operational inefficiencies of XML are bogging down their general-purpose hardware and software, according to ZapThink’s latest report, “High Performance and Appliance Approaches for XML.” Increased requirements for advanced security, reliability, and scalability can put an overwhelming burden on existing network infrastructure that is already stretched to the limit handling basic XML processing tasks. As a result, customers are increasingly demanding a new class of appliance and optimized software solutions to handle their XML processing needs. “Network traffic increases due to the increasing quantity and size of messages, both XML and non-XML based, will tax existing corporate IT…

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Will Binary XML Solve XML Performance Woes?
XML’s blatant inefficiency is one oft-cited downside to anything XML-based, including Web Services. Text-based, metadata-laden XML is intended both for machine processing and human readability, resulting in message sizes that can easily be 10 to 50 times larger than equivalent messages sent via binary encodings. To make matters worse, conducting a simple point-to-point exchange between XML conversant endpoints might require each of the following operations: decryption, validation, parsing, marshalling, serialization, canonicalization, document signing, and encryption. Each of these steps must be executed on a per-message basis, and as such can impose a significant load on processing machines. To make matters worse, XML traffic is content-oriented, rather than protocol-oriented. As a result, devices responsible for performing any operation on XML traffic must make decisions based upon the content of the messages, rather than the protocols that underlie those messages. All of these operations impact XML processing performance, threatening to grind such…

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High Performance and Appliance Approaches for XML
Market Overview: New approaches are needed to deal with XML-based messages being exchanged on the network that are exceeding the capabilities of the general purpose hardware and software that is now being applied to the problem. Future Trends XML traffic is expected to increase from under 15% of all network traffic on the network in 2004 to just under 48% of all LAN network traffic by 2008. The total XML performance optimization market will reach $1.2 billion by 2010. Decision Points The effective processing of Very Large Messages (messages that exceed the capabilities of general-purpose processors) is an issue that threatens the long-term viability of SOA implementations. [hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $995[/hide]…

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Network Operations and Application Development: Different Worlds No More
Today’s corporate network has evolved from a convenient means to connect a few important systems to critical infrastructure on which the lifeblood of an organization runs. Companies today are dependent on their networks to enable their core applications and business processes, and any network disruption has a profound impact on the financial health of the organization. Yet, despite the important role that networks serve, the realms of application development and network operations have traditionally been separate, disconnected domains. Developers usually build applications that run on servers, and network administrators maintain and configure the network that connects them, but rarely vice-versa. As a result, these two sets of professionals rarely have the opportunity to work together directly. One of the surprising side effects of the movement to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), however, is that this natural separation between application development and network operations is breaking down. The reason for this unexpected trend…

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F5 Networks: Leveraging The Network As An Integral Part Of The Application
Despite the important role that networks serve, the realms of application development and network operations have traditionally been separate and disconnected domains. This artificial separation of concerns causes problems when distributed computing approaches merge many of the traditional concepts of application and network. In particular, the movement to Web Services and SOAs eliminates many of the artificial barriers between what was once considered the domain of software, and what was the domain of network hardware. F5 aims to change this IT status quo through its products that give greater ability for network appliances to be utilized as application resources by developers . At the core of their products is their iControl technology, which leverages Web Services to provide an API that enables remarkable levels of control over the network infrastructure. DataPower-082004-ZTZN-1159-1…

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Datapower XS40 XML Security Gateway: Comprehensive XML & Web Services Security on a Hardened Network Device
XML appliances have recently emerged as a category of network device that can address XML and Web Services security and performance issues that traditional network appliances cannot. To properly secure XML traffic, a device must operate on the content of the messages that pass through the network, and take appropriate action on parts of each message. Clearly, such content-based operations are resource intensive, which is the primary reason for solving such problems on dedicated hardware devices like the DataPower XS40 XML Gateway. DataPower’s XS40 appliance can handle a wide range of XML security, performance, transformation, and routing, functionality, all at wirespeed, in a security hardened appliance that requires little skill to install and administer.

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