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Re: [xml-dev] No XML Binaries? Buy Hardware

Regarding the advantage of using a hardware appliance:

These appliances typically include specialize processors that enable
acceleration of specific types of processing.

Tarari processors dramatically improve validation and transformation processing
nCypher processors dramatically improve XML encryption and signature processing.

Note, though, that the Reactivity appliance doesn't rely on a
Tarari-like processor for its XML process acceleration capabilities.
(It does uses eCypher to accelerate encryption.) Reactivity implements
its XML process acceleration technology entirely in software. It uses
a specialized OS and XML processor. My guess is this is the reason
Cisco acquired Reactivity rather than one of the other players -- they
can just load it into a AON blade and go. (Well I'm sure some tweaking
will be necessary -- but no specialized hardware required.)


On 2/23/07, Robin Berjon <robin@joost.com> wrote:
> On Feb 22, 2007, at 19:35, Elliotte Harold wrote:
> > Indeed these beliefs may not be unrelated. Both binary and hardware
> > solutions have the common distinction of being more opaque than
> > their competitors. Perhaps it is their very opaqueness that makes
> > them attractive.
> In the interest of fairness, I've spoken to a great many proponents
> of efficient XML and interested parties, and I've only very rarely
> seen that argument come up other than as a joke. What I have seen far
> more often is people who don't see what is fundamentally less opaque
> about a text-based format (and if they're in the Web Services
> business, can we really blame them?).
> Never ascribe to malice yadda yadda.
> --
> Robin Berjon
> ........................................................................
> Leela:  I might have liked Zapp Brannigan if he weren't a pompous
>    dimwit who threw me in prison.
> Bender: You really are too picky.
>                          -- Futurama
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