IBM acquires XML Company DataPower
XML is gaining popularity rapidly and companies working on this technology are becoming more and more wanted by big corporations for acquisitions. IBM (International Business Machines Corp.) has just announced their plans to acquire privately held DataPower. DataPower is said to be one of the first companies to have developed specialized hardware for speeding up and securing XML network traffic.
Both the companies refused to reveal the financial details of this acquisition. DataPower specializes in developing appliances designed for handling XML-formatted data. This help the bigger companies offload traffic from overburden traditional hardware servers for better and improved performance. IBM is planning to develop and offer a line of service-oriented architecture (SOA) appliances based on the DataPower products.
This acquisition comes just a couple of months after competitor Intel purchased Sarvega, another XML appliance vendor. IBM is working with Cisco to develop their Application-Oriented Networking (AON) product line. The company was already working in conjunction with DataPower to ship and install DataPower’s appliances as part of customer engagements.
With this acquisition, IBM would be able to fill out its products and services around SOAs using the expertise of the 70 worker powered DataPower.