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DataPower Gives Big Boost To XML Acceleration

DataPower Technology said Tuesday it has developed XML acceleration hardware capable of processing data at a rate of a gigabit a second, removing a significant barrier to the use of XML in passing business documents between corporate computer systems.

The XG4 family of chips and modules is the fourth generation of XML acceleration hardware developed by the Cambridge, Mass.-based company. But the latest technology, which the company plans to demonstrate at the Networld+Interop conference in Las Vegas, Nev., next week, goes way beyond the capabilities of its predecessors.

"This removes any objections to XML as being too slow or not robust enough," Eugene Kuznetsov, chairman and chief technology officer of the privately held company, said. "Performance is no longer a reason for not using XML in any application."

DataPower is offering XG4 subsystems to original equipment manufacturers who want to embed the technology in their network and data center appliances, such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems, blade server chassises and switches. Licensing terms were not released.

The company plans to embed the technology into its own network appliances -- the XA35 XML Accelerator and the XS40 XML Security Gateway. No release date has been set.

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