Intel Focuses on Security With Sarvega Acquisition

In a move to bolster its software and enterprise platform strategies, Intel yesterday announced it has acquired privately held XML solutions provider Sarvega. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Intel said the acquisition combines its hardware capabilities with Sarvega’s underlying XML software technology and engineering expertise.

Sarvega’s networking solutions are designed to accelerate the processing of XML workloads and Web services on enterprise networks, increase network and XML firewall security, and reduce system management overhead.

XML is an industry standard language used to describe data independent of software or hardware that simplifies business-to-business transactions and facilitates the seamless exchange of information between individuals or businesses.

“This acquisition supports our strategy to deliver added value to Intel’s computing platforms with products that will help our customers implement end-to-end XML solutions,” said Richard Wirt, corporate vice president, senior Intel Fellow and general manager of Intel’s Software and Solutions Group.

Service-Oriented Acquisition

“With the accelerating acceptance of Service Oriented Enterprise solutions in the marketplace, our customers are demanding greater performance with respect to XML processing,” Wirt continued.

Service Oriented Enterprise solutions are based on standard Web service protocols and software building blocks which deliver complementary, interoperable services to enhance business-to-business communication processes.

XML By Demand

Demand for XML-based solutions is growing as it promises to address interoperability within the data center and across multiple institutions, including security and network traffic routing needs not currently addressed by IP-based networks.

Industry researcher ZapThink projected that XML-based Internet and corporate network traffic will grow from 15 percent in 2004 to almost 50 percent in 2008.

Intel said enterprise IT managers are stressing the need for XML solutions that can be deployed across the data center in a transparent and ubiquitous manner.

The company said its purchase of Sarvega bolsters its enterprise platform strategy as it facilitates the development of integrated platform solutions that can help to meet this customer requirement.

Moving Up the Stack

Steve Garone, vice president for applications and integration infrastructure software at Ideas International, told TechNewsWorld that one of Intel’s goals is clearly to climb up the stack from chips-only to creating an entire platform.

“Getting this type of integration with software solutions is important to systems builders, like Dell,” Garone said. “Intel certainly picked a target company with a high degree of relevancy in terms of the environment in which Intel products are used. This acquisition makes a lot of sense.”

What is unclear to analysts is what Intel’s long-term plans are for Sarvega’s technologies. Garone said Intel could be planning to package its chip with a security solution directly on the part.

“What’s particularly interesting is not so much Intel’s focus on XML, but its focus on security,” Garone said. “XML is a standard and a way of implementing all types of solutions, including security.”

The current Sarvega product line will continue to be available and be fully supported. Sarvega employees will join the Intel Software and Solutions Group.

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