DataDirect Technologies, a provider of data connectivity and mainframe integration and an operating company of Progress Software Corporation, announced new capabilities within its DataDirect Shadow RTETM mainframe integration suite for optimizing Web services security, testing and development across a broad range of mainframe databases, business logic and screen-based applications.

Mainframes have a reputation for being very secure; however, as enterprises expand the role of the mainframe to more fully participate in service-oriented architectures (SOA), the security protocols that protect mainframe assets need updated technologies to enable them to work efficiently in the stateless environment of loosely coupled Web services. Originally designed to support individual sign-on, mainframe security protocols, such as RACF from IBM, are now required to process thousands of Web services logins per hour, creating an authentication bottleneck that slows performance and consumes expensive mainframe CPU cycles needed to support the security manager.

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