IBM buys XML appliance maker

By Derek Sooman on
IBM has acquired DataPower, who develop specialised hardware for speeding up and securing XML network traffic. The company, which is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, sells appliances designed for handling XML-formatted data. When traffic is received that might otherwise overburden traditional hardware servers, it is offloaded to these appliances for better performance.

IBM said it intends to offer a line of service-oriented architecture (SOA) appliances based on the DataPower products. SOAs are modular systems that rely on standards -- notably Web services and XML -- to be more flexible and cost-effective.

The move to acquire 6-year-old DataPower follows Intel's purchase this year of Sarvega, another XML appliance vendor. In June, IBM partner Cisco stepped into the same market with the introduction of its Application-Oriented Networking (AON) product line.

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