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The Role of XML Gateways in SOA

Adopt “application networking” functionality to complete critical SOA tasks without programming

Adopt “application networking” functionality to complete critical SOA tasks without programming


XML gateways manage message-level security, SLAs and performance for SOA. In contrast to conventional networking devices, XML gateways specialize in the application-level protocols rendered within XML or Web services messages. An XML gateway can rapidly inspect and process XML messages to efficiently perform a range of processes vital to SOA, including:

  • Content routing
  • Protocol switching and data transformation
  • Identity authentication and privacy enforcement
  • Schema validation

This white paper explains how, by delivering “application networking” functionality, XML gateways make it possible for SOA architects to complete mission-critical tasks without programming. Key tasks discussed include:

  • Implementing security
  • Optimizing performance
  • Enabling advanced policy operations