Layer 7 Continues Expansion into European Market with SOFTCON Partnership

Layer 7 Technologies , the leading vendor of governance and security solutions for application services, today announced it has concluded a reseller agreement with SOFTCON IT-Service GmbH. SOFTCON is now offering Layer 7’s SOA and cloud-based security and governance solutions to its customers in Germany and Austria. SOFTCON expects this agreement to strengthen its position in the area of application and Web service delivery.

Application Services

Businesses use application services technology as the means to quickly and cost-effectively connect distributed applications over the Internet. For example, Web-based travel agencies can allow customers to efficiently book travel by taking information from multiple providers such as airlines, hotels, rental agencies and payment services and delivering them in a single application. Web services technology is based on standard XML data formats such as SOAP, REST, AJAX and RSS.

Layer 7 Technologies provides high-performance XML SecureSpan appliances in hardware, software and virtual (VMWare) form, used for controlling, monitoring and adapting the delivery of Web services, no matter where they originate – in the enterprise or in the cloud.

“We are seeing an enormous increase in the area of Web services and SOA-based applications with our customers,” says Brigitte Stuckart, director of SOFTCON IT-Service GmbH. “More and more customers, however, are facing issues in the areas of Web services security, performance management and operational governance. Customers require the ability to manage the entire policy lifecycle with a flexible runtime governance solution.”

Flexible Solutions

Michel Dorochevsky, CTO for SOFTCON adds, “Layer 7’s portfolio of SecureSpan appliances allows the flexibility to deploy inside existing application environments and extend those applications in hardware, software or as virtual appliances to new environments such as cloud computing. The control is via a central, redundant and fail-safe Enterprise Service Manager. The operation of Layer 7 XML SecureSpan as well as the dynamic alignment of governance rules goes without any modifications of the application code and without use of cost-intensive additional components.”

“SOFTCON is an experienced provider of value-added IT services,” said Dimitri Sirota, VP of Channels and Alliances at Layer 7 Technologies. “They have demonstrated the skills and understanding to help their industry and public sector customers across Germany and Austria solve the most security-sensitive and performance-demanding service delivery needs.”

About SOFTCON IT-Service GmbH

The SOFTCON IT-Service GmbH, headquartered in Munich, is the technology leader for business solutions and custom applications in the areas of RFID, SAP, SOA, e-government, composite applications and application management. SOFTCON offers a wide range of IT solutions such as LogIDSoft, SC-OWI, SC-Mobil and w@y2SAP. SOFTCON is an IT services provider with more than 230 employees and more than 20 years of experience in the market. Its customers include public authorities and large companies, including the Bavarian Hauptmünzamt, Nokia Siemens Networks and the Süddeutsche Verlag. In addition to offices in Munich and Leipzig, the company has opened a new location in Timisoara (Romania), offering cost-effective project management through integration of nearshore resources. Since 2005, SOFTCON has been a member of the Allgeier Group. Visit us at .

About Layer 7 Technologies

Layer 7 Technologies is a leader in security and governance for application services, whose turnkey solutions feature sophisticated runtime governance, agent-less Web services management and industry-leading XML security. Founded in 2003, Layer 7’s products include the SecureSpan™ family of XML appliances, which help organizations address security, visibility and governance issues. Layer 7 enables organizations to control, monitor and adapt their Web services, no matter where they originate – in the enterprise or in the cloud. Layer 7 has been positioned in the “Leader” quadrant in Gartner, Inc.’s Magic Quadrant for Integrated SOA Governance Technology Sets*. For more information, visit us at .