Reactivity Releases Desktop XML Firewall Appliance for Web Services Developers

Fully-featured Gateway-D speeds creation and deployment of secure XML Web services

WASHINGTON, DC, June 7, 2004 -- Reactivity, Inc., a leader in appliances that power rapid, secure deployment of mission-critical Web services, today introduced the Reactivity Gateway-D(tm), the industry's first desktop XML firewall appliance specifically designed to boost the productivity of Web services developers. The Reactivity Gateway-D delivers all the functionality of Reactivity's flagship XML Firewall(tm) in a PC-based appliance that provides the easiest way for Web services developers to leverage the functionality and services of the XML Firewall while creating and testing XML Web services.

The self-contained Gateway-D creates an environment that allows developers to focus their efforts on producing the most compelling, deployable Web services rather than wasting time on writing security code or tackling integration issues. The Reactivity Gateway-D simply plugs in to the development network, and immediately provides the industry's most complete and aggressive security and connectivity mechanisms for connecting Web services from heterogeneous platforms, requiring no software downloads or system configuration. Developers can easily create the required security policies using the Gateway-D, and then seamlessly migrate them to the XML Firewall as the Web services move from development to deployment, accelerating time to market. The Gateway-D also alleviates developers from the chore of integrating their Web service with enterprise PKIs, directories, single sign-on and management infrastructure. Advanced administrative tools, including detailed audit and message logs, a log event viewer with drill-down details, SNMP event reporting and notification, policy validation and analysis and one-click policy rollback provide the auditing and rapid issue diagnosis capabilities needed to assist developers in creating and debugging security and deployment policies quickly and efficiently.

"Our new desktop appliance saves developers valuable time and effort by providing a seamless transition from development to deployment and making it possible to secure critical XML Web services as quickly as possible," said John Lilly, Reactivity's chief technology officer. "The Reactivity Gateway-D lives up to our commitment to delivering the fastest time to market for mission-critical, secure Web services by providing an effective tool developers and evaluators can use to get started with Reactivity solutions immediately."

The Reactivity Gateway-D appliance supports all mainstream standards, and many of those that have yet to become approved or widely adopted. It supports HTTP at the transport layer, XML at the content layer, RPC requests and parameter passing at the function layer and a wide range of data layer validation standards including WS-Security 1.0 and SAML 1.0/1.1.

"Reactivity's development solution has been instrumental in enabling us to produce secure Web services more efficiently and deploy them rapidly throughout our expanding global service-oriented application environment," said Christopher Crowhurst, vice president, enterprise architect for Baltimore-based Thomson Prometric, a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. "As a result, we are better able to respond to our customers' needs, accelerate the development of new products and react more quickly to changing business conditions while reducing the cost and effort usually associated with Web services development."

About Reactivity

Reactivity provides the infrastructure to rapidly deploy secure Web services connections for business-critical applications to expedite their time to market. The company's flagship Reactivity XML Firewall supplies the necessary security, provisioning and operability Web services connections require, along with the comprehensive array of policy options and infrastructure integration necessary for large enterprise success. Reactivity is located in Belmont, California, and can be reached at, +1-650-551-7800 or

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