DataPower updates firmware for acceleration engine

XML networking vendor DataPower Technology Tuesday upgraded the firmware in its hardware acceleration appliance, adding an engine to more quickly validate the formatting contained in XML messages.

The company released firmware version 3.1 for its XA35 XML Accelerator. The highlight is a new XML schema validation engine that works in real-time to check the semantics of XML messages before moving them to their intended destinations. Improperly configured schema - which helps define the contents of the message such as proper fields and values - can derail the operation of XML-based applications.

"We built this whole new engine that relies on compilation technology to accelerate schema validation," says Eugene Kuznetsov, chief technology officer for DataPower. Last year, the company patented the compilation technology, which turns XML processing instructions into a form that can be read by the acceleration hardware.

DataPower also added XML parsing support for transforming XML messages into Java objects and into Binary XML, an emerging and controversial XML format supported by DataPower.

The company added partial support for XPath 2.0 and XSLT 2.0, which include enhancements such as decimal support that support monetary computations made in applications.

The XA35 firmware version 3.1 is available now and is free for current customers.

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