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Headsup: SOA Consolidates as it Blossoms

The SOA market continues to consolidate, with a recent notable example being IBM's October acquisition of DataPower Technology. The deal snaps up one of the last independent startups in XML acceleration.

The SOA market continues to consolidate, with a recent notable example being IBM's October acquisition of DataPower Technology. The deal snaps up one of the last independent startups in XML acceleration.

DataPower offers devices that process, transform, route and secure XML messages — essential services within SOAs.

Just three years ago, XML acceleration was seen as requiring its own breed of network processing, giving rise to such startups as DataPower and Sarvega — the latter acquired by Intel last summer. The continued use of legacy messaging and publish-subscribe protocols led Cisco Systems to handle XML acceleration as part of a wider array of application-layer services in its Application-Oriented Networking (AON) technology, which has yet to be released.

Analysts have predicted that smaller Web services and SOA vendors would either be acquired by more established vendors or disappear from the scene.

In a recent poll by CMP's SOA Pipeline, 52% of respondents said they're going with smaller, best-of-breed companies to solidify their SOA strategies, while 48% said they were waiting for larger vendors to complete their portfolios. If the DataPower acquisition is any indication, the latter group won't have long to wait.

— Alice LaPlante, TechWeb


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