The rise of XML-awareness

Kuznetsov, Eugene
November 2004
Communications News;Nov2004, Vol. 41 Issue 11, p43
Trade Publication
This article focuses on the extensible markup language (XML). XML is a collective term for a family of protocols that are the foundation for Web services. These new Web services promise a low-cost and efficient way to connect and exchange data with trading partners, customers and employees. XML flexibility, however, comes at a cost. This new data-encoding standard introduces performance and security challenges that can strain existing infrastructure and information technology budgets. Often viewed as merely a way to store data, XML is actually a broader foundation technology for data transformation and advanced machine-to-machine communications. What is commonly referred to as XML is actually a large collection of protocols and data-handling systems that all exclusively rely on XML-encoded packets or instructions. Whatever the protocol, however, all have one requirement in common--XML Web services protocols require a processing infrastructure that can parse, transform and process XML at network speeds. These were originally software functions that migrated into purpose-built hardware. With XML Web services, companies might assume they simply adopt new stacks of software and the underlying network will take care of the rest.


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