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Securing XML Web Services: SSL, XML Firewalling, and Beyond

There’s no universal solution for Web services security. Sometimes, access lists programmed into the Web services themselves are sufficient. Other times, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) may be more than adequate. However, when granular message processing and auditing is essential, dedicated extensible markup language (XML) and Web services security technology will prove necessary. Which options are right for you?
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Application-oriented Networking and the SecureSpan XML Networking Gateway

XML gateways, a new class of networking device, manage message-level security, service-level agreements (SLAs), and performance in service-oriented architectures (SOAs). XML gateways specialize in application-level protocols rendered within the XML or Web services message itself. With the ability to rapidly inspect and process XML messages, they can perform security, transformation, routing, and SLA operations at wire speed in the network.
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Architecting the Infrastructure for SOA and XML

The shift from traditional application design to service-oriented (SOA) principles utilizing XML and Web services promises increased IT agility and reduced technology costs. However, without effective production-caliber infrastructure, the benefits of SOA and Web services will go unrealized. A modular solution that ensures extreme, fine-grained control over XML message handling can deliver the effective performance and policy compliance for every message.
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New Venture Fund to Propel XML

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Internet entrepreneur David Poole announced the creation of a venture capital fund targeted to XML-based companies.
  • Written By: D. Geller
  • Published On: October 1999

The SOAP Opera Progresses - Helping XML to Rule the World

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An important emerging standard in the web arena, known as SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol), originally developed by Microsoft, has achieved a new milestone. Since IBM joined in support for the SOAP standard with increased security, SOAP may replace DCOM, and possibly even CORBA eventually. The W3C consortium has just released a new version, 1.2, which will be widely accepted and adopted by vendors.
  • Written By: Michael F. Reed
  • Published On: August 2001

(XML + mySAP.com) - Spin = Status Quo

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SAP announced its involvement in XML-based Internet content standards initiatives, detailing its involvement with standards committees, acceptance of XML, integration with their products, the creation of an XML interface repository and a partner certification program. What does it amount to?
  • Written By: A. Turner
  • Published On: May 2000

Informix XML’s Its Metadata Transport Layer

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Informix® Corporation, has announced an XML Document Type Definition (DTD) for Extraction, Transformation, and Transport (ETT) of metadata. The DTD is designed to allow metadata sharing between different vendors’ products using the open XML standard.
  • Written By: M. Reed
  • Published On: May 2000

Clientele CRM.NET Suite Gains Scalability, Smart Client from the .NET Framework and XML Web Services

When The Clientele Group of Epicor Software Corporation was faced with scalability and performance limits in their CRM software, they redesigned their application around the Microsoft® .NET Framework. A server architecture based on SQL Server™ 2000 and XML Web services removes their scalability limits, and supports multiple client applications. A smart client built with Windows® Forms gives customer support personnel a responsive application that is easy to deploy and update. A Web portal built with ASP.NET Web Forms gives authorized customers access to the same records as customer support sees internally. The new architecture can support 500 users on a single dual-CPU server, and offers many ways to scale up and out.
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Cascade Server

Cascade Server is a web content management (WCM) solution designed around extensible markup language (XML) and for any network environment. Cascade Server is accessible through any Internet-connected browser. The solution gives IT departments the ability to decentralize the management of their web site, and helps organizations maintain a high-quality standards-compliant web site, while providing deployment flexibility, a zero footprint client, and implementation in less than a month.
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Mercator Software Extends EAI Solutions for Insurance with XML

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Mercator Software (which is changing its name from TSI International Software to reflect the name of its flagship product) has announced support within its “Integration Broker” products for both XML and EDI transactions based on the ACORD standard for the insurance industry.
  • Written By: M. Reed
  • Published On: April 2000
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