Making the case for XML hardware
While XML is primarily a software technology, DataPower Technology Inc.,
Cambridge, Mass., offers a vision of hardware for processing XML, especially in
Web services applications.
''We have a core belief that XML is very verbose, it's very heavy and
difficult to process,'' said Kieran Taylor, director of product management for a
network box called the XS40 XML Security Gateway, which DataPower announced this
week. He said this is a ''first-of-its-kind network device'' designed specifically
to ''parse, validate schema, decrypt, verify signatures, transform, sign and
encrypt XML message flows with wirespeed performance.''
This is the second XML hardware device developed by the privately held
start-up company founded in 1999. Last May, DataPower announced an XML
accelerator for speeding processing. Taylor said his company believes it is on
the leading edge of a trend toward the greater use of hardware in XML
''We believe that XML processing isn't going to occur in software; it's going
to migrate to hardware devices that provide acceleration, security and
management,'' he said. ''There are historical precedents for this. If you hearken
back to the early days of routers, the initial IP routers were built on Unix
DSD. If you look at Web servers, they used to provide load balancing, SSL and
caching functionality. That has now migrated into hardware devices. The same
thing will happen with XML processing. You'll have dedicated devices to do
acceleration, security and management of XML.''
To prove that XML hardware has a place in Web services applications,
DataPower also announced this week that its XML security box has been selected
for a major auto dealer credit system. That application is being developed by
RouteOne LLC, a joint venture of DaimlerChrysler Services, Ford Motor Credit
Company, GMAC and Toyota Financial Services, Taylor said.
For more information, go to http://www.datapower.com.
Rich Seeley is Web Editor for Campus Technology.