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XML Accelerator

Speed XML Processing, Validation and Transformation

Speed XML Processing for SOA, Web APIs & Cloud

XML processing is computationally expensive and, if handled by application servers, Enterprise Service Buses (ESBs) or other back-end infrastructure, can significantly impact response times, and overall network performance. To account for XML traffic, most organizations attempt to optimize back-end server performance, resulting not only in increased infrastructure costs but also (typically) increased overall network load, which can limit performance gains.

The SecureSpan XML Accelerator allows organizations to offload extremely processor-intensive XML parsing, validation and transformation operations from application servers, database servers and Enterprise Service Buses (ESBs). By deploying the XML Accelerator at or near the edge of the network, organizations can optimize network performance.

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The XML Accelerator appliance is specifically designed to accelerate XML message throughput and reduce the latency associated with processing all common XML message formats including POX (Plain Old XML), SOAP, REST, JSON and AJAX.

The XML Accelerator can be configured to validate XML documents against an acceptable predefined schema, probe XML data for specific content or values, and transform documents from one version to another. Policies can be defined to navigate XML structures, define message queries or transforms, examine messages for specific content or context, and route messages to specific endpoints/returned to requestor after processing.

Improve Quality of Service – Enhance application services reliability by offloading XML processing from the services infrastructure, thereby ensuring Web services remain readily available

Accelerate XML Parsing and Processing – Minimize latency with hardware-accelerated message parsing, searching, classification, element detection and content comparisons

Accelerate Document Transformation – high-speed message transformations based on internal or external XSLT/XPath

Accelerate Message Validation and Routing – High-speed message validation against predefined external schema; routing based on specific message content or message context.

Chassis 1RU standard rack mount: 1.71 x 16.75 x 27.0 in. (43.43 x 425.5 x 658.8 mm)
Processor Dual Six-Core Intel Xeon L5640 2.26 GHz CPU
Hardware Acceleration Offload  XML processing operations to optional acceleration card
  • Optional onboard HSM and support for external HSMs (i.e., nCipher, Luna, etc)
  • FIPS 140-2 support in both hardware (Level 3) and software (Level 1)
Ports 4 x Gigabit Network Cards
Memory 12GB RAM (maximum memory of 72GB)
Storage Mirrored, hot-swappable 146GB RAID 1 SAS HDD
Power Dual redundant, hot-swappable; 760 watts (W)
Performance Able to handle more than 10,000 requests/sec


  • XML
  • SOAP
  • AJAX
  • XPath
  • XSLT
  • WSDL
  • XML Schema
  • LDAP
  • SAML
  • PKCS
  • X.509 Certificates
  • FIPS 140
  • Kerberos
  • W3C XML Signature
  • W3C XML Encryption
  • SNMP
  • SMTP
  • POP3
  • IMAP4
  • WCF
  • JSON
  • JMS
  • MQ Series
  • REST
  • Tibco EMS
  • FTP
  • WS-Security
  • WS-Trust
  • WS-Federation
  • WS-Addressing
  • WSSecureConversation
  • WS-MetadataExchange
  • WS-Policy
  • WS-SecurityPolicy
  • WS-PolicyAttachment
  • WS-SecureExchange
  • WSIL
  • WS-I
  • WS-I BSP
  • UDDI
  • WSRR
  • MTOM
  • IPv6
XML Acceleration
Wirespeed XML message processing


  • Hardware accelerated message classification, parsing and optimized FastPath Stream Processor minimizes latency
  • User defined variables provides low-latency caching of message context for subsequent policy decisions or message processing
  • Routing based on specific message content or message context
Accelerated document transformation and concatenation
  • High speed message transformations based on internal or external XSLT/XPath
Message versioning between applications
  • Hardware accelerated message searching, element detection and content comparisons
Accelerated XML data validation
  • High speed message validation against predefined external schema
  • Configurable limits on XML message size, element size, nesting depth, string length, etc.
ESB co-processing
  • Acts as an endpoint for processor-intensive XML operations; routes results to the ESB for further handling
Enterprise-scale Management
Operations Console
  • A single, real time view of all Gateways across the enterprise and cloud showing audits, events and key metrics
Policy Migration
  • Centrally move policies between environments (development, testing, staging, production, etc), settings (enterprise, cloud, etc) or geographies, automatically resolving discrepancies such as SSG licenses, IP addresses, IT resources (i.e., LDAPs may be named differently), etc
Services Reporting
  • Configurable, out-of-the-box reports provide insight into SSG operations, service-level performance, and service user experience
Remote Patching
  • Selectively update any software installed on Gateways, including system files and operating system
Disaster Recovery
  • Centrally back up SSG config files and policies from one or more Gateways/clusters, and remotely restore, enabling full disaster recovery
Management API
  • Remote management APIs allow customers to hook their existing, third-party management tools into the SSG, simplifying asset management