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Quick Takes: PushToTest looks for high marks with e-mail testing

In our fast update of industry happenings, PushToTest releases an update to its Web services testing suite that adds e-mail to the mix, Vordel signs a partner agreement to offer its product in several new regions, 360Commerce announces a Web services offering for retail companies, and SAIS implements a Web service for The Hartford.


PushToTest looks for high marks with e-mail testing

Campbell, Calif.-based Web services management and testing vendor PushToTest has released TestMaker 3.2, an updated version of its open-source utility and framework for verifying the scalability, performance and reliability Web services.

Version 3.2 adds the ability to test e-mail systems, such as SMTP, POP3 and IMAP. Test agents are enabled to send and receive simple text messages and messages with MIME file attachments. The update is geared toward software developers, QA analysts and IT managers who perform stress testing, regression testing and service monitoring.

The updated version of TestMaker also supports a full implementation of the RFC 2965 cookie handling specification, including version 1 and version 2 cookies. This improvement applies to cookies for HTTP and HTTPS connections.

TestMaker is already available and can be downloaded for free via the company's Web site.

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Vordel offers security suite in Holland and Belgium

Web services security vendor Vordel Ltd., based in Dublin, Ireland, has inked a deal with Netherlands-based security solutions provider Alphium to distribute the VordelSecure XML security suite in Holland and Belgium. The agreement also enters Alphium into Vordel's VIP (Vordel In Partnership) partner program as a premier member.

VordelSecure provides protection for Web services, correcting security challenges that may not be addressed by firewalls and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). The product, which is designed for high-volume transactions, can work with existing security implementations by providing authentication, authorization, content inspection, and routing of incoming and outgoing XML communications. It also keeps a secure log of all transactions.

Alphium delivers security products and services to the insurance, banking and government sectors, focusing specifically on increased efficiencies and cost savings, driven through XML-based integration of systems and business processes.

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Retail Web service offering planned by 360Commerce

Austin, Texas-based retail intelligence software 360Commerce has announced plans to offer retail Web services as part of its 2003 product line-up. A preview of its first enterprise-level application built using Web services will be available at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Conference January 12-15 in New York.

The Web services architecture will be utilized in the launching of a new Java Web services-based, enterprise-level application called Central Office. This new application will be piloted with a combination of Java Web services technology from 360Commerce partners such as IBM Corp., Oracle Corp. and Sun Microsystems, Inc.

The company's existing software, which allows retailers to leverage real-time operational intelligence from the point-of-service to the back office and across the enterprise, is based on Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and is used by customers including The Home Depot, Circuit City and Gap Inc.

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SAS implements Web service for The Hartford

Superior Access Internet Software, Inc. (SAIS), a professional services company based in Irvine, Calif. with expertise in insurance-specific Internet software development, Web services and XML data translation, has announced the implementation of multi-tier Web services technology for XML data translation between Superior Access Insurance Services and The Hartford Financial Services Group's 1StepSurety Fidelity and Bonding system.

Superior Access Insurance Services and 1StepSurety needed to transfer disparate data from system to system in a real-time manner. According to SAID, the hurdle in this project was allowing the applications to operate effectively while providing seamless connectivity. The use of XML on top of MIME-encoded Bonds substantially reduced the complexities associated with this type of integration. Further benefits include the ability to perform asynchronous transactions where the server resources are used to the minimum.

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To include your Web services-related news in our next edition of Quick Takes, e-mail News Editor Eric B. Parizo at eparizo@techtarget.com.

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