Features – WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI52

Features and benefits

WebSphere MQ is your complete universal messaging backbone, enabling rapid, reliable, and secure transport of messages and data between applications, systems, and services.

Acceleration of existing integration hubs

Powered by wirespeed transformation technology, the XI52 can be used to off-load XSLT processing, XPath routing, legacy-XML conversion, and other resource-intensive tasks from servers to reduce latency, improve throughput, and free up compute resources.


Diagram 1: XI52 Enterprise Message Bus


Mainframe modernization and Web services

The XI52 can help protect and XML-enable mainframe systems, instantly connecting them to enterprise SOA and Web services.

Diagram 2: XI50 Mainframe

Diagram 2: XI50 Mainframe

Appliance simplicity

Easy to configure, operate, and own, the XI52 reduces the operational complexity of the IT environment while cutting costs and risks.

Any-to-any transformation

The XI52 can parse and transform arbitrary binary, flat text, and XML messages, including EDI, COBOL Copybook, ISO 8583, CSV, ASN.1, and ebXML. Unlike approaches based on custom programming, DataGlue technology uses a fully declarative, metadata-based approach.

Integrated message level security

The XI52 includes mature message-level security and access control functionality. Messages can be filtered, validated, encrypted, and signed, helping to provide more se-cure enablement of high-value applications. Supported technologies include WS-Security, WS-Policy, WS-SecurityPolicy, WS-ReliableMessaging, WS-SecureConversation, WS-Trust, SAML, and LDAP. The XI52 is a sealed network device for high reliability and increased security assurance.

Sophisticated multi-step message routing, filtering and processing

The XI52 enables more robust and flexible business solutions, with streamlined and simplified configuration of common message processing scenarios – such as looping, branching, parallel processing, and retry.

Multiple synchronous and asynchronous transport protocols

Configurable Quality of Service

Dynamically allocate access to services based on business priorities.

Detailed logging and audit trail

Extensive logging support, including iSCSI for connectivity to remote storage for off-device logging. The XI52 also includes non-repudiation support.

Standards-based interfaces

The XI52 features standards-based interfaces for broad, uniform connectivity across enterprise infrastructure.

Agile, highly flexible underlying scripting/configuration support

The XI52 enables comprehensive “out-of-the-box” support for fast, easy-to-handle standard, non-standard, or off-standard, partner/vendor implementations.

XML enablement and wirespeed application integration

The XI52 helps reduce the time, cost, risk, and complexity of traditional integra-tion approaches.

Metadata-based integration

Unlike approaches based on hard-coded middleware adapters, the XI52 uses a fully declarative, metadata-based approach. The unique technology enables data-oriented programming (DOP) paradigms to be employed without introducing bottlenecks. Easy-to-use visual tools are available to assist business analysts in configuring format descriptors, mappings, and message choreography.

Security and performance

Powered by robust technology built from the ground up with security in mind, the XI52 provides XML integration on a more secure foundation with the performance necessary for real-world applications. The XI52 can parse, filter, transform, route, and enforce access-control messages of disparate format at wirespeed. It also provides encryption and decryption, as well as digital signature signing and verification capabilities.

Hardware Security Module

A FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified hardware security module (HSM) is available as an embedded, factory installed option. The HSM provide tamper proof storage of private key material used for cryptographic operations performed on the appliance.

*Note that the HSM option replaces the base standard cryptographic accelerator otherwise present in all DataPower appliances. The HSM must be ordered and installed at the point manufacture and cannot installed later. The base standard cryptographic accelerator is not FIPS certified.