IBM announced it has acquired DataPower, a Cambridge, Mass.-based, privately-held provider of products that help improve security and speed the processing of computer transactions. Financial details were not disclosed.
DataPower is a leading provider of SOA appliance products that enable integration and help provide security at the Web services message level. DataPower products available today include the XI50 Integration Device, which streamlines SOA infrastructures; the XA35 XML Accelerator, which offloads XML processing; and the XS40 XML Security Gateway, which helps provide message-level Web services security. DataPower security features complement the SOA security management capabilities of IBM’s Tivoli software.
IBM has a broad portfolio of SOA solutions that enable clients to more effectively model, assemble, deploy and manage business processes. Already integrated with many IBM products, DataPower builds on IBM’s existing SOA capabilities, including its WebSphere software, SOA services and consulting. IBM plans to introduce a family of SOA appliances based on DataPower technology. Through this acquisition, DataPower employees will become IBM employees. Jim Ricotta, DataPower CEO, will continue to manage DataPower and will undertake additional responsibility within IBM’s WebSphere software area. http://www.ibm.com, http://www.datapower.com

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