Ubiquitous Computing: Removing the Final Roadblock
Ubiquitous computing — connecting all the systems in an enterprise into a single, well-oiled IT infrastructure that responds quickly and efficiently to the needs of the business — is one of the primary goals of many IT managers today. After all, today’s economy is information-based, and the better a company can leverage the information it has in its systems, the more competitive it will be. For ubiquitous computing to be a reality, however, companies must address many tough issues. Systems must communicate with each other. There must be a flexible, resilient architecture that guides the operation of the IT infrastructure. And the business must be able to use the IT resources at its disposal to create and execute the processes that drive the business. But all of these issues depend on one key element: all the systems within the enterprise must communicate with the network. It has typically been very…

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High-Performance Information Aggregation Using XML-Based Operational Data Servers
Financial Service Providers are essentially information-based businesses: their primary asset is the information they store and share. These companies are struggling today with finding the most flexible and cost-effective means to integrate and aggregate information from a wide range of unstructured and semi-structured enterprise data sources. Today’s integration solutions are either targeted only at structured sources of information such as databases, or are too rigid and expensive to handle enterprise information integration and aggregation needs. Furthermore, the unique requirements of Financial Services firms for real-time, scalable access to disparate information has not been successfully met by today’s vendors. This paper presents a solution in the form of a mid-tier information aggregation server that provides an XML-based operational data store as a way of providing aggregated access to multiple data sources. Raining Data’s TigerLogic XDMS is used as a strong example of an XML operational data server that provides a way…

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Optimizing Web Services in the Enterprise
XML and Web Services traffic is consuming an increasing percentage of the bandwidth on the corporate network. At the same time, enterprise IT architects and data center administrators are struggling with how to deploy XML and Web Services-based solutions in the enterprise in a reliable, secure, and manageable manner. Furthermore, existing computing infrastructures are increasingly inadequate to meet the demands of high-performance XML and Web Services capabilities. To solve many of these challenges, vendors are introducing a new category of intelligent network device that are able to intercept, inspect, transform, and redirect XML and Web Services requests according to business policies. As enterprises move from simple, point-to-point applications of Web Services to building Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs) that leverage the capabilities of XML and Web Services, end-users must understand how to optimize not only their current XML-based integration solutions, but also the performance of their SOA implementations as they build out…

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ZapThink: Report Shows Web Services-based Process to Displace Integration Solutions / Implementing Service-Oriented Process Key to Meeting Business Agility Requirements
ZapThink: Report Shows Web Services-based Process to Displace Integration Solutions Implementing Service-Oriented Process Key to Meeting Business Agility Requirements (View More Information…) WALTHAM, MA, April 16, 2003 — As enterprises apply Service-oriented architecture principles to business process management and automation, they will find that such “Service-Oriented Process” solutions will supplant the need for today’s integration solutions, concludes a report published today by ZapThink, LLC, an analyst firm focused on XML, Web Services, and Service-oriented architectures. The report concludes that Service-oriented process tools enable business users to assemble business-oriented Web Services into business processes that are themselves exposed as Web Services. “The success of business depends upon IT systems that are able to deliver functionality that meets business requirements in a flexible, agile way,” explains Ronald Schmelzer, senior analyst at ZapThink, “Yet most corporate IT infrastructures are littered with a heterogeneous array of…

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ZapNote: Sarvega
Traditional network devices and appliances are ill-equipped to deal with XML and Web Services traffic since they fundamentally inspect packet-level data, rather than the content-level data that XML and Web Services represent. A new breed of network device is needed to deal with the unique challenges of handling XML on the network. XML switches, unlike their IP counterparts, are pieces of hardware equipment that provide deep XML-aware processing of network traffic at network wire speeds Sarvega XPE 2000 Switches provide the specialized processing and intelligence required to transparently offload complex and expensive XML processing from IP-based server infrastructure.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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