IBM acquired DataPower to help companies improve the performance, security and management of business processes built of reusable, open-standards-based software components, which operate independently from the applications and computing platforms on which they run. This increasingly popular approach, called Service Oriented Architecture SOA-, combines business operations with information technology. According to Gartner, an IT industry research firm, SOA will provide the basis for 80 percent of new software development projects by 2008. IBM plans to introduce a family of SOA appliances based on DataPower technology. With more companies taking a modular approach to running business processes through a Services Oriented Architecture, there s a greater need for technology to deal with the commensurate increases in Web services traffic, which can overburden IT systems, said Robert LeBlanc, general manager, WebSphere, IBM Software Group. DataPower s products address these challenges. DataPower is a leading provider of SOA appliance products that enable integration and help provide security at the Web services message level. DataPower products available today include the XI50 Integration Device, which streamlines SOA infrastructures the XA35 XML Accelerator, which offloads XML processing and the XS40 XML Security Gateway, which helps provide message-level Web services security. DataPower security features complement the SOA security management capabilities of IBM s Tivoli software. Source: www.dmreview.coma>

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