Strangeloop Networks Inc.

Strangeloop Networks Inc.

April 21, 2008 09:01 ET

Strangeloop Networks Introduces WS1000 Web Services Accelerator

Appliance Improves Web Service Response Times by up to 30 Times

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 21, 2008) - Strangeloop Networks™ Inc., today announced the WS1000 Web Services Accelerator, the first appliance that accelerates enterprise applications in Service-Oriented-Architecture (SOA) environments by automatically caching web services. Deployed as an appliance that sits between web applications and the back-end servers, the Strangeloop WS1000 Web Services Accelerator addresses the inevitable performance bottleneck that enterprises encounter as they use web services to create seamless data flow among their composite applications, improving web service response times by up to 30 times.

Enterprises are increasingly turning to web services to integrate disparate applications, platforms and databases, to extend their mainframe applications and to provide dynamic content for new web applications. Many enterprises are extending the lifespan of their mainframes by wrapping them in a web services layer while others with newer systems are using web services to improve the agility of their business applications. However, as SOA and web services have grown in popularity, enterprises are experiencing challenges achieving acceptable application performance. The very nature of web applications is putting a growing strain on back-end servers as they find themselves serving repetitive web service calls from users, partners, and other applications. The more successful enterprises become at integration and information sharing, the greater the demand on shared databases and more pressing the need for a reliable performance solution.

"Especially in today's unstable economy, companies want solutions that will move the business forward at a relatively low cost and with high pay back. Strangeloop's WS1000 lets companies improve their web services with the systems they already have in place and provides great return-on-investment," said Zeus Kerravala, Yankee Group senior vice president of Enterprise Research. "Strangeloop is leading the next wave of application networking technology as it tightly couples web applications with networking technology to provide performance gains, and provides a solution that reduces the need for costly new servers or mainframes."

"Our goal is to find cures for diseases and enhance the lives of people around the globe, and this is a worldwide effort. Our strategy is to use the best, fastest and most collaborative technologies that exist. We have implemented Windows SharePoint, an amazing technology that allows our researchers to collaborate on projects, in real-time, from different laboratories anywhere in the world," said Dr. Peter Kuhn, Professor of Cell Biology at The Scripps Research Institute, a world renowned cancer and biomedical research facility. "The Strangeloop Web Services Accelerator substantially improves the performance of these complex, data-intensive web-applications and is an excellent compliment to SharePoint's already cutting-edge capabilities."

"We helped The Scripps Research Institute design a web services application on SharePoint that allows cancer researchers to visualize molecules in 3D and annotate them with real-time collaboration," said Tim Huckaby, co-founder of InterKnowlogy, an application development and consulting firm dedicated to system and application architecture, software design, development and deployment, and a Microsoft Regional Director. "This put a tremendous amount of workload onto the central servers, creating delays in the system. The Strangeloop Web Services Accelerator provides an easy way to cache the web services requests that will in turn improve performance and offload the demand on the servers, giving them an even faster, stronger research tool."

The Strangeloop WS1000 Web Services Accelerator, designed specifically to accelerate web services, provides intelligent caching for high volume web services, reducing application workloads, keeping critical business applications running smoothly and efficiently, while at the same significantly reducing computing costs. The appliance's Choreography Engine™ has heuristic caching capabilities that recognize web services and adapt to changing traffic patterns, automatically alleviating server workloads and accelerating the delivery of the web services to their clients. This lighter workload also significantly reduces mainframe or central server costs. The Strangeloop WS1000 provides a simple, easy-to-use interface that automatically discovers web services and guides the administrator through caching policy configuration for any number of web services - without the need to learn any coding language or a complex management tool. In addition, IT staff can quickly review how individual services are being handled and can measure server offload, latency and bandwidth reductions gained through the functionality provided by the WS1000.

"Organizations have huge investments in mainframe and centralized applications, and their systems were simply not designed for today's load and the performance demands of web services, nor can they optimize these types of systems with an easy fix," said Jonathan Bixby, chief executive officer of Strangeloop Networks. "The Strangeloop WS1000 Web Services Accelerator provides them with an easy-to-deploy performance solution that immediately reduces workloads on these mainframe and centralized applications that experience heavy demand in SOA environments, driving up performance and driving down costs."

About Strangeloop Networks

The Strangeloop Networks products accelerate dynamic web applications with unique, framework-specific solutions that require minimal changes to software coding and hardware infrastructure, freeing developers to focus on providing enterprises with value-added features. With the Strangeloop AS1000 Application Scaling Appliance for Microsoft ASP.NET and AJAX and the Strangeloop WS1000 Web Services Accelerator, enterprises dramatically shorten code cycles, improve application performance and throughput, more efficiently use bandwidth, achieve greater return on their investment in information technology (IT) staff, network and computing resources and boost customer satisfaction. Strangeloop is based in Vancouver, B.C. For more information, visit www.strangeloopnetworks.com.

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