As Web services continue to move closer to mainstream acceptance for application development, new research indicates performance concerns now exceed network security issues as a factor that's limiting adoption.A recent study by RESolution Market Research found that service-oriented architectures and Web services, supported by XML, are regarded as a key choice for application development because of ease of programming and data interchange.

However, respondents to the survey, which covers a wide range of vertical markets, say the application performance of Web services is a top concern. "Most customers are addressing this problem by adding to server infrastructure and continually tuning software applications," notes Allison Wilt, president of Los Angeles-based RESolution Market Research, which annually examines Web-services and XML-based projects implemented by Fortune 1000 companies.

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