Jaime Ryan

Jaime Ryan

Jaime Ryan is the Partner Solutions Architect at Layer 7 Technologies. Jaime has been building secure integration architectures as a developer, architect, consultant and author for the last 15 years. He lives in San Diego with his wife and two daughters.

August 24th, 2012

Layer 7 at VMworld 2012

VMworld 2012VMworld 2012 kicks off at the Moscone Center in San Francisco this week. At the event, VMware will be making some exciting announcements around the delivery and management of public and private clouds using automation technologies.

Rapid deployment and onboarding has always been a key requirement for Layer 7 solutions, which is what initiated our strong partnership with VMware years ago. These announcements will showcase the next step in that evolution.

Layer 7 will be presenting at the VMworld Solutions Exchange and we’d love for you to stop by to talk about how we take advantage of the latest VMware technology. Come discuss your use case and find out how we can:

  • Protect and manage vCloud APIs
  • Securely expose APIs from a vCloud-based solution
  • Govern infrastructures based on the vCloud Architecture Toolkit (vCAT)
  • Orchestrate APIs for value-added interfaces
  • Dynamically provision vApps from policy based on SLAs
  • Enforce access control and threat protection across hybrid cloud environments

We’ll also be giving demonstrations of our VMware Ready certified products, including the SecureSpan Mobile Access Gateway and Layer 7 API Portal. In case you can’t catch us on the west coast, we’ll also be at the VMware Forum in Toronto on September 20.

August 16th, 2012

Layer 7 Comes to Gartner Catalyst in San Diego

Layer 7 Comes to Gartner CatalystAs a San Diego resident, I always love it when friends or relatives come for a visit because it gives me an opportunity to show off the great attractions that America’s Finest City has to offer. From the beaches to the parks to the World Famous San Diego Zoo, there is a multitude of great sights to see.

Next week, IT professionals and enterprise decision makers will descend on San Diego for the Gartner Catalyst Conference. While I hope they have the opportunity to see something of the city, there will be plenty of sights at the Manchester Grand Hyatt from Monday to Wednesday. Discussion topics will include building out a mobile strategy, creating a hybrid cloud infrastructure and making use of “big data”. And Layer 7 will be there in force.

Stop by our booth (#K24), have a drink with us at the reception or visit our zoo-themed hospitality suite in the Oxford room, on Wednesday night. You’ll be able to see our SecureSpan Mobile Access Gateway and the latest version of our API Portal in action, including fun demos of functionality for OAuth and streaming Web protocols.

To hear about a real-world application of our technology, come listen to Thomas Nienhaus of Lilly present on the topic of “Secure Data Access Through a Mobility Gateway” (at 4pm on Tuesday). You could also schedule some time with one of our experts, who will review your technology needs, match them with a Layer 7 solution and provide a live look at our products. We can even give you some hot tips on where to find the best fish tacos in town.

August 8th, 2012

Solving Enterprise Mobile Access Challenges

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In a recent blog post, I talked about how geofencing could be used in an enterprise setting to ensure compliance with local regulations or restrict an application’s functionality when a user is away from the office. Geofencing is a great piece of functionality, especially when dealing with mobile enablement/BYOD scenarios but no one feature can make a solution.

A true solution does more than just check boxes on a list of functional requirements. It addresses a real-world issue and provides the platform, the context – and yes, the features – necessary not just to solve a problem but also to give the enterprise additional value.  At Layer 7 Technologies, our customers count on us for solutions to their toughest challenges around security, identity, integration and governance of applications exposing data to partners, mobile devices, the cloud and the Web. That’s why I’m pleased to introduce our new solution brief for Mobile Access.

Many of our customers cater to consumers and have mobile initiatives (and public apps) geared toward the general population. But secure mobile enablement of an internal employee population is often even more important, as those employees need to interact with (and modify) corporate data that isn’t open to the public. Whether mobile devices are provided by the enterprise or are of the bring-your-own variety, the exposed apps and data need to be managed effectively.

Layer 7’s Mobile Access solutions focus on exposure of APIs to developers – public, partner or private – using the Layer 7 API Portal, and runtime enforcement of policies defined upon those APIs using the SecureSpan Mobile Access Gateway. While the products can certainly check a lot of those functional boxes – developer onboarding, API analytics, OAuth, geofencing, WebSockets support, caching, throttling and many more – the complete solution is what makes our customers successful.

This solution brief focuses on three customers – an airline, a health insurer and a telecom company – that use Layer 7 solutions to solve real problems. In each case, the business was able to see real value from the apps and APIs exposed to partners and employees. Take a look and see how these solutions can provide value to your enterprise.

Read the Layer 7 for Mobile Access solution brief

June 26th, 2012

QCon New York 2012

QCon BannerLast week, Layer 7 was a sponsor at QCon New York, an exciting conference held in Brooklyn. This event dealt with the latest software development trends in several categories including mobile, cloud, big data, architecture and security. As noted in this article from the show, there was quite a bit of focus on the seismic shift in development from server-heavy applications to more agile development using client-focused technologies like HTML5 and JavaScript. These are better suited for mobile and Web use cases, allowing client-side manipulation of data.

However, these technologies are only half the story. The other half is the API that provides a method of interaction with the server. To provide a rich, functional interface, this API must be user-friendly for people and machines. It should be easy to develop against, with or without extensive documentation. And it should be able to represent both the current application state and the operations available to the client. These API design principles were discussed by Layer 7’s Principal API Architect, Mike Amundsen, in his fascinating talk on Wednesday.

QCon was yet another in a long line of analyst, enterprise and developer conferences to draw the same conclusions about the future of enterprise IT. It’s time to look at software development in a new way – and Layer 7 is helping enterprises get on board with these new technologies. Our recently-announced SecureSpan Mobile Access Gateway provides the middleware necessary to adapt internal information assets into secure, optimized APIs consumable by mobile devices for enterprise mobile enablement or BYOD.

June 14th, 2012

Geofencing & Mobile Access Gateways

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GeofencingOne of the cooler features offered by Siri on the iPhone is its integration with the internal GPS for geofencing. For instance, you can tell her (yes, I just anthropomorphized a disembodied mobile phone app) to “remind me to pick up some milk when I leave the house”. While this geofencing application is very consumer-centric and a nice-to-have, geolocation (and geofencing) is often a must-have for enterprise mobile apps.

At Layer 7, our enterprise customers are sometimes constrained by industry regulations regarding data privacy. These restrictions, especially in the healthcare and financial services industries, often prohibit medical or financial data from traveling across international (or even state) borders, to ensure compliance with local regulations. Some may require additional forms of authentication when connecting from a new physical location.

Many enterprises are also rolling out BYOD initiatives based on the employee’s proximity to company offices – they can use their own phones to access company data while in the office but that access is restricted when they head for home. More complex GIS integration is sometimes necessary for mobile employees and field technicians.

Building strict geolocation rules into every mobile application is possible but time-consuming to develop and difficult to maintain. Managing these policies in a centralized Mobile Access Gateway allows flexibility of design and easy updates. Compliance auditing is simplified and policies are reusable and configuration-driven. If you want to tighten distance restrictions or change GIS providers, you only have to make the change once.

Layer 7′s SecureSpan Mobile Access Gateway is far more than just a simple API proxy. It provides mobile-specific features around identity, security, adaptation, optimization and integration. It is these integration features that allow powerful orchestration of third-party APIs (including geolocation), legacy applications and mobile notification services for a truly comprehensive Mobile Access solution.