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Competitors laud Cisco acquisition of Web-services accelerator

Vendors in the XML application–acceleration market seem to be applauding Cisco Systems Inc.’s acquisition of Reactivity Inc., this week, if only because it validates a broad-based need for appliances that can make complex Web-services based applications run efficiently.

Both analysts and vendors say application-acceleration is one of the hottest part of the networking market right now, as end-user companies try to simplify and accelerate their networks, even as they re-design applications to use those networks more heavily.

Vendors of services-oriented application (SOA) application development and management products say Cisco’s interest proves the need for speed, but also for security, as XML-based attacks increase.

To secure SOA applications, security vendors have to be able to deconstructe SOAP and other Web services protocols and work quickly and securely with the XML itself.

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