Last August, Intel acquired Sarvega and it was now the time for IBM to acquire DataPower, in a $100 million all-cash deal. DataPower, a company with 50 employees founded by a group of MIT engineers, creates appliances performing specific XML processing tasks like XSLT transformation, XML encryption, or XML Schema validation.
With the acquisition of DataPower, IBM is creating a new division called SOA Appliances. I see this as yet another indication of how important XML technologies and SOA are to IBM and the industry in general.
Congratulation to the whole DataPower team and in particular their CTO, Eugene Kuznetsov, who has been instrumental in the success of the company!