We have covered DataPower here in this newsletter a couple of times (see editorial links below), looking at its XA35 XML Accelerator and its XS40 XML Security Gateway. Today, we\u2019ll take a quick look at its latest device, the DataPower XI50 Integration Appliance.The XI50 is a diskless appliance-style device that provides "any-to-any" transformations covering a wide range of binary, text and XML formats, including COBOL Copybook, CORBA, CICS, ISO 8583, ASN.1 and EDI. The device also supports lightweight protocol-independent message brokering, integrated message-level security, fine-grained access control, and support for several transport protocols including IBM MQSeries.The XI50 includes visual tools to help business analysts configure format descriptors, mappings and message choreography.DataPower provides something the company calls \u201cData Oriented Programming\u201d or DOP, which it distinguishes from the \u201cadapter\u201d technology that other vendors use to interface their products to other protocols and XML formats. DataPower\u2019s argument is that adapters require reprogramming every time a format changes.According to the company, the DataPower XI50 XML Integration Appliance DOP technology provides a simpler alternative: \u201cFor each data format, a single format descriptor can be created using an easy-to-use visual tool, then mappings can be created among different formats. All the information can be stored in metadata text files, eliminating the need for costly coding and recoding. Format changes only require changes to centrally stored text files, greatly simplifying management.\u201dThis method is certainly flexible, but using data descriptions requires generalized parsing and rewriting on the fly, which usually incurs a significant performance penalty. DataPower claims that its DataGlue technology makes the data description approach practical and involves little or no performance penalty.The DataPower XI50 starts at $50,000.