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Reactivity Releases SOA Gateway

Optimizes Deployment of XML Web Services In SOAs

Reactivity has unveiled the SOA Gateway, the first product of its kind optimized for deploying enterprise XML Web services within and among data centers to integrate applications and make SOA operational.

Providing all the performance and key infrastructure functionality required to easily and securely deploy intra- and inter-data-center XML Web services, the Reactivity SOA Gateway delivers the fastest and most effective identity and access enforcement technologies available today, the broadest native connectivity to non-XML and legacy applications, and secure, high-speed, two-way communications between data centers.

The SOA Gateway secures XML Web services access to data center applications and services through Reactivity's best-of-breed Federated Identity Reference Architecture, which works with existing authentication and authorization systems to ensure transactional trust across sequenced Web services, and provides a unified record of the identities associated with every transaction. Patented SAML and policy acceleration technologies deliver unprecedented validation performance for robust Web services production environments.

"One of our greatest challenges deploying XML Web services in the data center has been identity and access enforcement. Reactivity has met that challenge through its innovative Federated Identity Reference Architecture and high-performance SAML acceleration technology," said Christopher Crowhurst, vice president and principal architect, Thomson Learning. "Reactivity's solution makes real-time SOA a reality, providing the speed and security we need to deploy complex, high-volume Web services in our data centers. In addition, its tremendous breadth of interoperability options enables us to take advantage of SOA with our diverse legacy infrastructure."

The SOA Gateway is equipped out of the box to unlock access to more than 250 XML-like and non-XML applications, including legacy data formats (such as COBOL Copybooks). It delivers any-to-any XML Web services interoperability, eliminating the tedious and complex hand-coding usually required to connect disparate back-end and e-business systems. Built-in support for Web services management agents simplifies deployment of those tools.

"There is clearly a need for dedicated XML Web services infrastructure, but enterprises don't want to have to mix and match a number of discrete functional solutions to meet each of their XML Web services deployment needs," said Mark Fabbi, an analyst at Gartner. "By using a different approach to creating an XML Web services infrastructure, one that places the emphasis on deployment requirements, it becomes possible to have in one solution all the key functionality needed to deploy XML Web services within a specific deployment environment such as a data center or a DMZ."

Reactivity's exclusive Multi-Way Connect technology provides a dedicated, high-speed communications channel for linking multiple SOA Gateways that completely secures the data canter's inbound and outbound Web services traffic, providing an effective infrastructure for handling the high transaction volumes between data centers and business units.

"XML Web services is a steadily rising tide, and enterprises need an XML infrastructure that's aligned with their deployment requirements," said Glenn Osaka, CEO and president of Reactivity. "The SOA Gateway is the result of Reactivity's unmatched participation in real-world Web services deployments, which gives us the experience and insight necessary to meet the needs of enterprise service oriented architectures."

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