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Layer 7 Technologies Announces Support for Solaris 10 on SPARC

Leading XML Security and Networking Vendor Adds Support for SPARC Platforms to Family of Products to Help Secure, Simplify and Scale XML and SOA Deployments

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. February 11, 2008.

Layer 7 Technologies announced today its XML Firewall and XML Networking Gateway software products support the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) running on SPARC platforms from Sun Microsystems. Layer 7 is the only XML security and networking vendor to offer server software for Solaris 10 OS running on SPARC and x86 platforms through an upgradeable family of XML appliances for Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) and Web 2.0 applications.

For customers with processor-intensive SOA and Web 2.0 applications, Layer 7 introduced support for Solaris 10 OS on SPARC to further the scalability, density and performance offerings by Sun's SPARC Enterprise Servers. Many of Layer 7's customers use SPARC-based platforms for high-volume data center applications making SPARC technology their first choice for SOA and XML applications.

"To meet the growing demand for enterprise SOA and Web 2.0 deployments, Sun and Layer 7 are expanding their initiatives to accommodate large scale and diverse audiences," said Juan Carlos Soto, Vice President of Market Development, Sun Microsystems. "As these initiatives change to meet customer requirements, we are positioned to meet these demands effectively by offering flexible governance on the open source Solaris OS for both SPARC-based and x86-based servers; a platform known for running some of the world's largest data centers."

As the use of XML data, Web services and SOA increases within the enterprise, customers require robust support for both existing and future enterprise infrastructure. Today, Layer 7 customers use software-based versions of SecureSpan to deploy highly scalable and cost-effective solutions for XML security and application-oriented networking in the data center.

The SecureSpan XML Firewall provides advanced identity and message level SOA security for cross-domain, B2B and portal applications, while the SecureSpan XML Networking Gateway adds support for complex SOA message routing, mediation, virtualization and Service Level Agreements. In addition to gateway software Layer 7 also offers a family of turnkey, hardware-accelerated XML appliances ideal for the data center.

"We recognize that a 'one size fits all' approach simply does not work for enterprise SOA implementations," said Phil Walston, Vice President Product Management, Layer 7 Technologies. "Adding SPARC to the SecureSpan's broad array of supported platforms, operating systems and form factors gives our customers increased ability to tailor their architecture to their exact needs. This is critical for those experiencing or anticipating exceptionally high levels of activity."

Support for SPARC platforms is offered in both the SecureSpan XML Firewall and SecureSpan XML Networking Gateway and is now generally available.

About Layer 7 Technologies

Layer 7 Technologies is a leading provider of XML security and networking infrastructure for next-generation service-oriented and Web-oriented integrations. The SecureSpan family of XML appliances and gateway software addresses the security, complexity, performance and networking issues associated with deploying and maintaining production Web services. To learn more please visit


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XML Firewall and VPN

The SecureSpan XML Firewall combines the capabilities of the SecureSpan XML Accelerator and Data Screen with advanced identity and message level security to address the broadest range of behind the firewall, portal and B2B SOA security challenges. The SecureSpan XML Firewall includes support for all leading directory, identity, access control, Single Sign-On (SSO) and Federation services. This provides SOA and security architects unparalleled flexibility in defining and enforcing identity-driven SOA security policies leveraging SSO session cookies, Kerberos tickets, SAML assertions and PKI. The SecureSpan XML Firewall also provides architects with advanced policy controls for specifying message and element security rules including the ability to branch policy based on any message context.

Key storage, encryption and signing operations can be handled in FIPS 140-2 certified acceleration hardware onboard the appliance or centrally through Safenet's Luna HSM. The SecureSpan XML Firewall has demonstrated compliance with all major WS* and WS-I security protocols including WS-Security, WS-SecureConversation, WS-SecurityPolicy, WS-Trust, WS-Secure Exchange, WS-Policy and WS-I Basic Security Profile. The SecureSpan Firewall also supports SAML 1.1 and 2.0 both in sender vouches and holder of key models.

The SecureSpan XML VPN Client is optional SOA client software (or hardware) used in conjunction with the SecureSpan XML Firewall to streamline SOA B2B and portal connectivity. The SecureSpan XML VPN Client can be deployed on or in-front of client applications needing connectivity to secured Web services. The XML VPN Client automatically manages PKI, SSO, Federation and WS* compliance on SOA clients without coding, ensuring secure SOA connectivity and simplifying security change management.

The SecureSpan XML Firewall is available as a linearly scalable, high performance 64-bit, multi-processor, 1U appliance with onboard XML acceleration and optional SSL/crypto accelerator with HSM or as Gateway software for Linux and Solaris server platforms. Deployment options include inline DMZ security or as a security coprocessor to an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), providing operations including document signing, validation and encryption.

The SecureSpan XML VPN Client is available as a class library for integration into a client application, a stand-alone executable, or as hardware.

To future proof customers against changing requirements, the SecureSpan XML Firewall is software upgradeable to the SecureSpan XML Networking Gateway.

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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