Level 2 support for the IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances is now on Twitter. Wow, just saying that takes 60% of the message size. :)
Anyhow, check out http://twitter.com/IBMDataPower for up-to-the minute updates, if you don't already get them from the pro-active emails, our developerWorks pages, http://www-01.ibm.com/software/integration/datapower/support/, or the RSS feeds for any of those.
Update: It turns out that L2 support for many of IBM's key products are on twitter: Commerce Server, WebSphere Application Server, CICS, Modeler, Monitor, Adapters, Process Server, and MQ.[Read More]
Security, Middleware, Appliances
From archive: June 2009 X
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This is cool. President Obama has nominated IBM General Counsel for intellectual property, David Kappos, to be the director of the US Patent and Trademark Office.
IBM has been very serious about open source and patent reform for a very long time, and this nomination seems to indicate that the current administration is, too.
I've worked with several IBM IP lawyers, and they've all been bright and good to work with, albeit as overworked as anyone else. :)[Read More]
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... when the competitors "go negative." That's not really what's going on here, but it's the best term that I can think of.
For example, Intel acquired Sarvega, DataPower's first competitor, years ago. The software solution disappeared into the maw of that mighty chip maker, and after awhile emerged as their SOA Expressway, something they call a "SOA Soft-appliance." I don't know what a soft appliance is, but it sure sounds to me like a server running software. Anyhow, they now have a domain, comparedatapower.com, with pretty extravagant price/performance claims. To put it mildly, I'm skeptical.
It'd be nice if their website listed the same test cases and data sets that the whitepaper talks about. But for now, we can't reproduce their results. Gee, I wonder why?
As another example, a customer recently told us that Layer 7 came to them touting their "DataPower replacement program." I didn't see any details, but when they do a hardware upgrade, you can buy the old hardware and use it as a general server. So buying a two-year old server is such a significant win? Hunh?
Seriously guys, we're flattered. Thanks for the acknowledgement.[Read More]
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From the Symposium on Processing XML Efficiently, our abstract:
This presentation will discuss some of the hardware and software trade-offs in the IBM DataPower XML processor, known as the XG4. The XG4 is a PCI card that parses XML, and supports XPath, schema validation, and has a generic post-processing engine. It can return events like SAX, build a tree like a DOM, or switch between modes within a document. It is capable of supporting thousands of sessions simultaneously, and because of its pipeline nature can process more than one character per clock tick. The talk will explain some of the features in the card and its device driver, such as memory usage and zero-copy, synchronization of QName identifiers between card and software, and the programmability.
This is the first time we've publically talked about the hardware, other than the patent. :)
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Lauren wood wrote an interesting post about an overloaded registration system for a knitting conference, and wondered if or how clouds could help. I posted a few of my thoughts.
I'll be talking more about this as part of a general overview on clouds at the XML Summer School, trends session.