Kaazing Offers JMS Edition of Secure Gateway

Enterprise Web communications platform provider Kaazing unveiled the new Java Message Service (JMS) edition of its secure gateway at the recent HTML5 Developer Conference in San Francisco.

The Kaazing Gateway 4.0 JMS Edition is the latest product offering to support the company's move to "accelerate the Web for the Internet of Things (IoT)" by securing enterprise messaging systems "beyond the firewall," according to the company.

The JMS API, which is part of Java EE (JSR 914), is a Java Message Oriented Middleware (MOM) API that supports messaging among two or more clients, is a standard that has been around since the early 2000s. The Kaazing Gateway is a software-based, enterprise Web communications platform designed to enable "mobile users, marketplaces and machines" to connect and communicate in real-time and at scale.

The Gateway software is based on the HTML5 WebSocket, which defines a full-duplex communication channel that operates through a single socket over the Web, and which the company's founders invented. The latest release provides what Kaazing describes as "a highly scalable, near zero-latency, full-duplex solution for JMS-compatible messaging systems extended securely to Web and mobile users."

This release also comes with a feature called Enterprise Shield, which provides the security piece. It's designed to keep "things" (as in "Internet of") and their users from gaining unauthorized access to enterprise back-end systems. This release also includes enterprise-grade SSL/TLS termination, single sign-on support, native support for SPNEGO-based Kerberos authentication, fine-grained JMS authorization, and Shield Agent functionality for B2B security without the need for VPN.

Kaazing's Enterprise Shield helps enterprise software developers "prepare for the onslaught of the Internet of Things and rapidly deploy highly interactive, real-time Web and mobile applications," said Kaazing co-founder and president Jonas Jacobi, in a statement. By creating a secure way for businesses to extend their enterprise messaging systems to "mobile users, marketplaces and machines," Jacobi added, the Gateway allows companies to "take advantage of what we call the Internet of Many Different Things."

Partly because of the rapid spread of the IoT concept, and partly because of the nature of new models, Kaazing might find itself in a kind of nascent industry sweet spot, says Forrester analyst Andrew Rose.

"Considering the progress made toward making the Internet of Things or IoT a reality, it is likely that this new wave of innovation will not bake security in at the hardware layer, at least initially," he said in a statement. "Security professionals will, once again, have to do their best to apply security controls at the network and application layer… Prepare your security organization for the Internet of Things."

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