Intel Offers Appliances to Speed XML

By James Cope, Computer World |  Development


Intel Corp.'s new XML Web-acceleration and traffic-control devices are helping to boost transaction speeds and eliminate error messages sent to users, according to Mark Pipin, manager of Web development at, a unit of Christian Book Distributors Inc. in Peabody, Mass. Pipin has been testing the appliance, which Intel introduced last week.

Intel said its NetStructure 7210 XML Accelerator will speed transaction processing on e-commerce sites by off-loading XML decryption functions often performed by Web servers.

The 7280 XML Director, a companion to the accelerator, looks at transaction-specific information carried by the XML tag and validates that information with an e-commerce server to process an order. Intel said the device distinguishes among different "dialects" of XML, and it uses that information to route data to the most appropriate server.

Should the server reject the validation request due to a processing error, the Intel device repeats the request to the server instead of sending an error message back to the user's screen.

Intel said the XML network appliances will begin shipping in July. Pricing for the products wasn't immediately available.

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