Networking devices aim to speed XML processing

User frustration about the speed at which XML messages can be processed has produced a wave of specialised acceleration devices...

User frustration about the speed at which XML messages can be processed has produced a wave of specialised acceleration devices from niche vendors.

UK-based financial information provider Hemscott began using XML two years ago to post news in an Oracle database for Web distribution.

However, Stephen Roche, Hemscott's chief technology officer, said the data transformation process was unacceptably slow. In some cases it would take 25 seconds to convert data so the information could be sent to Hemscott.

Earlier this year he installed a beta model of DataPower XA35 XML accelerator, a diskless networking appliance that is designed to off load XML processing from general-purpose servers. He said the device reduced the data transformation time to one second.

The XA35 XML accelerator is now on the market at $55,000 (£35,500). Joshua Walker, an analyst at Forrester Research, said similar devices are being offered by other start-ups, such as US-based Sarvega XBridge Software.

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