Ciscos Reactivity Buy Further Consolidates SOA
The company's acquisition of XML appliance maker Reactivity is the latest in a series of moves that represent continuing consolidation of the Web services and service-oriented architecture markets.Cisco Systems move to acquire Reactivity is one more step in the continuing march toward consolidation in the Web services and service-oriented architecture market. San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco on Feb. 21 announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Reactivity, of Redwood City, Calif., for $135 million. Reactivity was founded in 1998 and has 56 employees. The company provides XML gateways that enable customers to efficiently deploy, secure and accelerate XML and Web services. Reactivitys XML appliances can be found in organizations ranging from commercial enterprises to the Global 500, company officials said.
This latest acquisition is further evidence that the markets for XML, Web services, and SOA are experiencing significant consolidation, said Ronald Schmelzer, an analyst with ZapThink. "With IBM adding Datapower to their lineup, Intel adding both Sarvega and Conformative, and F5 Networks further maturing their offerings, the addition of Reactivity to Ciscos offerings goes a long way to signaling that were in the era of incumbents increasingly dominating the space once pioneered by the startups," Schmelzer said. "Of course, there are certainly outstanding startups like Layer 7 Technologies, Forum Systems, and companies like Xambala and Tarari still making waves in the market."