Interview with Eugene Kuznetsov, Founder, President and CTO of DataPower Technology Inc.
by Mirko Zorz - Friday, 24 January 2003.
Eugene Kuznetsov is a technology visionary who has been working to address enterprise XML issues since the late 90s. Kuznetsov founded DataPower Technology, Inc. in 1999 to provide enterprises with an intelligent, XML-aware network infrastructure to support next-generation applications. Prior to starting DataPower, Kuznetsov led the Java JIT Compiler effort for Microsoft Internet Explorer for Macintosh 4.0. He was also part of the team which developed one of the first clean room Java VM's. This high-speed runtime technology was licensed by some of the industry's largest technology companies, including Apple Computer. Kuznetsov holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from MIT.

Introduce DataPower. When was the company started? How did it evolve?

DataPower Technologies Inc. was founded in 1999 by myself, Eugene Kuznetsov (founder, president and CTO) and a team of MIT-trained engineers. At that early stage for XML, we had a vision to provide XML-aware networking solutions to address the performance, security and management issues around enterprises building XML-base applications and Web Services.

In 1999 DataPower developed an optimized software interpreter for XML called DGXT and then in 2000 XSLJIT, an optimized software compiler. Later in 2000 DataPower introduced the first XSLT benchmark that is now the de facto standard for measuring XML processing performance.

In 2002, DataPower introduced the worlds fastest XML processing technology called XG3, a highly optimized hardware engine. Based on that technology and in August of 2002 DataPower made available its XA35, the world's first XML accelerator and most recently our XS40, the first wirespeed XML security gateway.

Which products and services does DataPower offer?

Two:

A) DataPower XA35 XML Accelerator

B) DataPower XS40 XML Security Gateway

DataPower is focused on the XML market. How big is the opportunity and what is the size of your target market?

The difficulty in defining, precisely, the XML Market is not surprising as it can be seen as decomposing into three broad segments: Business to Business (B2B) Integration and Web Services, Enterprise Application Integration (EAI), and Content Management. IDC forecasts that Web services-related solutions will reach more than $1.2 billion in 2003. XML & Web Services security alone, according to leading Analyst firm Zapthink, is projected to reach $4.4 billion (US) by 2006.

Which challenges do you face in the marketplace? What do you see as your advantages?

The biggest challenge is the fact that enterprises require a new approach to XML, one that simultaneously recognizes the emergence of new standards, the value of existing infrastructure investments, the organizational challenges and the performance, security and manageability impact of XML; corporations today are struggling to deal with resource constraints, diverging business goals and the requirement to assimilate new technology. Besides having the leading XML processing technology in our XG3, one of DataPower's unique advantage is a focus on practical and pragmatic approaches to XML application development and deployments.

Your XS40 XML Security Gateway is presented as the "only available solution able to provide *full* XML Security with the wirespeed performance necessary for real-world applications". Introduce it's features.

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