March 29th, 2012

Simplifying REST Adaptation: Live Facebook Q&A with Layer 7 CTO Scott Morrison

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Category API, Events, REST, Tech Talks

Tech Talk TuesdayIt was live, it was unscripted and it was awesome. Tech Talk Tuesday – the first ever live Layer 7 Facebook interactive chat – was a huge success. I mediated the Livestream and Francois Lascelles, Layer 7′s Chief Architect, took the hot seat, answering questions live through the Layer 7 Facebook page. Questions came from all over the world and Francois did a great job of thinking on his feet, answering some very tough questions around OAuth. In case you missed it, you can watch the recording here.

And now it’s time for the next episode. We’re excited to announce that Scott Morrison, our CTO, will be the guest expert and he’ll be taking questions on how you can simplify REST adaptation using existing IT infrastructure. So save the date – on Tuesday April 3, we’ll be streaming live at 9am PST. Start thinking of some great questions to ask Scott and be sure to tell your colleagues about this rare opportunity to chat live with Layer 7′s CTO.

To join the session, simply go to the Layer 7 Facebook page and click the Livestream icon. Once the Livestream app is open, click the play button and you’ll be watching the stream live. If you want to ask a question, click the big red button that says “check in and chat” and bang you’ll be ready to chat live with Layer 7. We’re really excited about this talk and anticipate lots of audience engagement. So we’ll see you next Tuesday April 3, live on Facebook.

March 27th, 2012

M2M & the Digital Frontier

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M2M API GatewayThe machine-to-machine (M2M) movement is having a broad impact across industries.  New business models are being powered by information distributed to and collected from smart meters in the utilities sector, connected vehicles in logistics, heart monitors in healthcare, RFID-tagged inventory in retail and digital signage in the media. M2M creates a vast “Internet of things” comprised of smart devices that produce data, networks that transmit data and applications that turn data into real-world insight.

The M2M paradigm presents an exciting new opportunity for companies to use Layer 7’s API Management products.  APIs represent the key to unlocking the value of M2M by linking devices in the field to the core enterprise applications that are able to analyze and apply the data these devices produce. Layer 7 empowers organizations to make that link in a secure, scalable way:

  • The SecureSpan SOA Gateway or API Proxy provides REST-based connectivity to heterogeneous enterprise systems
  • The Layer 7 API Portal allows M2M API owners to set and enforce SLAs and provide comprehensive information to API users (smart device developers, network operators)
  • The Layer 7 OAuth Toolkit configures access control policies that are fit for M2M and able to leverage existing back-end infrastructure

We already have customers achieving M2M success in the automotive, healthcare, media and energy industries. So, whether you’re a logistics company looking to get a real-time view of your global fleet, a retailer needing to manage your disparate warehouses or a telecommunications company providing a broad set of M2M services, we encourage you to apply our industry-leading technology as part of your solution.

Read the solution brief: Simplify M2M Integration with a SOA Gateway

March 23rd, 2012

Layer 7 at the 2012 DoDIIS Worldwide Conference

2012 DoDIIS Worldwide ConferenceLayer 7 is proud to be exhibiting at the 2012 Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems (DoDIIS) Worldwide Conference, which will be taking place in Denver this April 1-4. The show will be focusing on the Defense Intelligence Agency’s goal of unifying defense intelligence infrastructure and information sharing initiatives.

Never before has so much intelligence data been collected and never has the challenge of securely sharing these valuable assets been greater. As new intelligence systems come online, issues inevitably arise around the need to make data and security credentials interoperable between these new systems and existing capabilities.

As the leading provider of secure messaging and security Gateway solutions to the US Federal Intelligence Community, Layer 7 will be at the show, demonstrating its solutions for data and security interoperability within the enterprise and the Cloud. If you’re attending the DoDIIS conference, stop by Booth 917 to see first-hand how you can resolve interoperability and fine-grained access challenges with a Common Criteria EAL 4+ certified solution from Layer 7.

March 21st, 2012

Implementing BYOD-centric Systems

Implementing BYOD-centric SystemsIn recent conversations with our service provider partners and customers, I’ve been hearing a common theme: their enterprise customers are scared of BYOD. The recent trend of employees using their own technology – iPads, smart-phones etc. – to connect with corporate assets worries them. Their main concern is that they won’t be able to keep up with the security and management requirements that go along with this new method of accessing data assets.

While there are existing solutions for playing keep-up, many of them rely on isolation and restriction to prevent corporate assets from traveling too far from the enterprise. Unfortunately, I think employees – especially the more tech-savvy among them – will resent having corporate security policies installed on their devices or being limited to separate-but-equal wireless networks with limited access to the resources necessary to do their jobs. By focusing on containment and control, enterprises are missing an amazing opportunity to make BYOD work for them.

The efficiencies gained by embracing the inevitable and implementing some BYOD-centric systems should not be overlooked. Layer 7 customers are creating mobile applications designed specifically to support their employees, whether their devices are employee-owned or provided by IT.  Our solutions for security and governance of the APIs used by those applications can prevent data leakage, protect against incoming threats and provide access to only appropriate personnel.

So, whether your employees are baggage handlers determining the destination for a piece of lost luggage, nurses providing care to house-bound patients or remote employees connecting to their peers through a corporate directory and communication hub, the real winner is the bottom line. BYOD and mobile workforce enablement are opportunities to embrace – not afflictions to be cured – and we’re here to help.

March 19th, 2012

Layer 7 Helps Keep America Safe

Layer 7 Helps Keep America SafeAt Layer 7, we often talk about how we can help enterprises open up net-centric information-sharing APIs. Often overlooked is the vital national security role APIs and net-centric computing perform – they are crucial to connecting applications residing across national agencies and even on mobile devices, vehicles and machines.

For several years, Layer 7 has proudly served national security communities in the US, Canada and Europe, with high-resiliency API security and management technologies for various SOA, mobile and Cloud initiatives. We are proud to include among our clients some of the most demanding organizations on Earth, including the US DoD, US Department of Homeland Security, US Department of Justice, US Department of Transportation and NATO.

Layer 7 is continuing its efforts to help organizations like these address the challenges and opportunities associated with SOA-based information sharing and interoperability in the context of reduced budgets, increasing cyber threats, Cloud infrastructure and the need to leverage existing systems in a networked environment.

Due to the sensitive nature of the projects, much of our work to make these efforts successful goes unheralded. However, we are thrilled that one of our recent efforts in supporting Northrup Grumman modernize the US Air Force Air & Space Operations Center Weapons System has been publicly announced.

Layer 7 is working with a consortium of vendors under Northrup Grumman to make the Air & Space Operations Center more agile and net-centric via Service-Oriented, API-based approaches to information sharing. Clearly, SOA and net-centric computing are becoming cornerstones of how applications are discovered, connected and protected and how information is shared.