Forum Systems Named a SOA Application Gateway "Leader" by Independent Research Firm

Half of Customer References Interviewed "Could Think of Nothing Forum Could Improve on as a Vendor"

Nov 21, 2011, 15:53 ET from Forum Systems

BOSTON, Nov. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Forum Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Crosscheck Networks, Inc., today announced that it was named as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: SOA Application Gateways, Q4 2011.(1)

According to the report, "To assess the state of the SOA application gateway market and see how vendors stack up against each other, Forrester evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of top SOA application gateway vendors." The firm assessed 9 vendors against 45 criteria, which it grouped into 3 high-level buckets: current offering, strategy and market presence.

Forum Systems was recognized as a Leader based on the company's "...broad and deep support for messaging styles, attack protection, trust enablement, and content transformation." Additionally, Forrester stated that "Forum Systems has aggressive pricing..."; cited that the company "provided twice the number of references Forrester requested"; and noted that Forum Sentry has "strong features." The analyst firm observed that "the vendor's future plans for the product are strong, and its virtualization and cloud-support plans are good."

"Customers rely on Forum Systems as the backbone for rapid, secure delivery of SOA and XML services," said Mamoon Yunus, CEO of Crosscheck Networks. "The IRS, New York State Government, BT, Charles Schwab and Premera BCBS all value Forum Sentry's comprehensive functionality, and our supreme focus on security. Like us, they strongly believe that custom code should never be introduced into an XML Gateway – for the same reasons you'd never add that to a firewall. As we look to 2012, we'll build on our market-leading platform to help enterprises even more aggressively leverage virtualization and cloud computing, while continuing to provide the speed and security necessary for the most demanding, high-transaction network environments."

Forum Systems' flagship Forum Sentry XML Gateway drives secure B2B exchange for hundreds of organizations in market sectors including federal and state government, telco, financial services and healthcare. Providing an extensible, unified, protocol-independent platform that supports FTP, FTPS, SFTP and MFT, Forum Sentry helps global enterprises leverage legacy investments, and offers them a seamless migration path to SOA and cloud services.

Earlier this year, Forum Sentry united – natively, for the first time in one appliance – the threat protection, scalability and Federated Identity capabilities of an XML Gateway with the security of a Web Application Firewall (WAF). By removing the identity and security burden from Web sites and composite applications, Forum Sentry authenticates and authorizes users invoking services – regardless of where the services reside – enabling the secure, rapid delivery of rich online content, fueling faster, more powerful and seamless Web experiences for users.

(1) The Forrester Wave™: SOA Application Gateways, Q4 2011, Forrester Research, Inc., November 18, 2011

About Forum Systems

Forum Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Crosscheck Networks, Inc., is a leader in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and XML security. Through comprehensive Threat mitigation and Trust enablement, Forum's family of hardware, software and cloud-based instances provides enterprises and government organizations with the foundation for achieving secure SOA federation. Processing more than one billion transactions per day worldwide, the FIPS- and DoD-certified Forum products offer the industry's most comprehensive protection against XML- and SOAP-based vulnerabilities. Forum Sentry has been issued an industry-first patent (7,516,333) for XML security functions such as XML Encryption, XML Decryption and XML Signatures using a network appliance. For more information, please visit

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