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Radware, Forum Team Up

Radware and Forum Systems announced that the companies are engaged in joint development of an integrated solution

MAHWAH, N.J. -- Radware (NASDAQ:RDWR) and Forum Systems today announced that the companies are engaged in joint development of an integrated application-smart networking solution aimed at ensuring the fast and secure delivery of XML-based Web services running on Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA). The joint solution integrates XML acceleration and security features from Forum Systems with Radware's AppXcel application accelerator appliance. The new capabilities will be offered as optional add-on AppXcel services that will extend Radware's current APSolute application delivery and application security functionality. Radware's new XML optimization services will provide fast XML processing, policy-based XML message handling and protection against a host of message based exploits such as content, attachment and execution attacks carried inside XML messages.

Radware's approach to offering XML optimization as an add-on AppXcel service as part of its application delivery architecture is a cost-effective SOA solution that does not require organizations to deploy separate dedicated appliances for XML acceleration and security. Radware customers can easily add XML services to other AppXcel services such as web compression, SSL offloading and HTTP multiplexing. The integrated product offering combines functionality from Forum Systems' XWALL(TM) and Sentry(TM) products, integrating a Web Services Firewall that provides data authentication with XML intrusion prevention to actively protect against XML viruses, data corruption and denial of Web service attacks, together with XML acceleration.

Gartner reports, "If data center architects and managers are to solve the problem of data center performance and prepare for emerging application architectures, they must adopt a new approach to building data centers -- one that is based on tight integration with high performance networking technologies." (1). This includes the deployment of XML appliances.

According to Joe Skorupa, Research VP, Gartner, Inc., "By 2008, more than 40% of large businesses will deploy application delivery solutions for XML-based traffic."

Radware Ltd. (Nasdaq: RDWR)

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