IBM has taken some of its hardware and software technology and applied it to three appliances designed to secure and improve the performance of service-oriented architectures (SOA) (define).
Such products are needed to help securely facilitate the digestion of application-to-application communication and XML transmission because corporations are leaning more heavily on Web services (define)to execute sales transactions and purchase orders.
For example, more businesses are conducting Web transactions using RFID technology and wireless devices.
These methods require machines to secure, manage and authenticate the validity of data from multiple sources at a time when new hacking, identity theft crimes, viruses or other security vulnerabilities are piling up.
Jim Ricotta, vice president and general manager of IBM SOA appliances, said the appliances will help IBM play well in what the company expects to be a billion-dollar market for products that improve Web services and SOA security and delivery.
The IBM WebSphere DataPower XML Security Gateway XS40 validates, encrypts, signs and authenticates XML script and Web Services-Security standard to enable the safe exchange of Web services.
The XS30 also provides a firewall to help network admins fend off denial of service attacks, and provides policy-based access to make sure only certain people are privy to certain information.