The Cisco ACE XML Gateway is a key component of the Cisco Application Control Engine (ACE) family of products. It brings application intelligence into the network and enables efficient deployment of secure, reliable, and accelerated XML applications and Web services. These state of the art functionalities enable the intelligent network to now support Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) implemented using Web services technologies, and accelerate, secure and scale XML applications.
As the common, standards-based, framework for exposing business resources, XML applications and Web services simplify information accessibility and integration but at the cost of computationally intensive XML processing and introducing new threat and vulnerability potentials. By allowing auto-provisioning of Web services from Universal Description Discovery and Integration (UDDI) registry and application servers, and by providing transport and message-level security for XML -based network traffic, the Cisco ACE XML Gateway greatly enhances the ease of securely deploying XML applications and Web services.
By offloading non-business, computationally intensive operations directly to the network infrastructure, ACE XML Gateway enables a shared-service environment, reduces end-to-end latency and enables business services to scale to meet capacity imperatives while improving server utilization.
XML-based services require unparalleled throughput in order to support complex integrated application systems of today. Cisco ACE XML Gateways deliver industry leading performance exceeding 30,000 transactions per second (TPS). All-in-memory processing and store-and-forward processing modes ensure that XML messages of all sizes can be processed without compromising security, interoperability or system reliability. The result is the most secure, efficient, and flexible XML message processing performance, end-to-end. The dramatic performance improvements afforded by a Cisco appliance eliminates the barriers of employing Web services wherever it makes sense.