Sam Macklin

Sam Macklin

Sam Macklin is Layer 7's Web Content Producer.

February 1st, 2012

Layer 7 Technologies 2011: The Year in Review

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Layer 7 TechnologiesThese are exciting times to be working with technologies like mobile and Cloud. In fact, here at Layer 7, 2011 was absolutely the most exciting year ever. Since this time last year, we’ve expanded our product range, been awarded groundbreaking security specifications, gained recognition from leading analyst firms and significantly expanded our customer base.

Specifically, some of the highlights of the year were:

As we expanded our product range to meet demand for API management, Cloud integration and mobile security, our customer base grew more than 40%, with notable new customers including Adobe, Best Buy, General Motors and MasterCard. At the same time, our staff grew by more than 70 percent – and we’re all looking forward to finding out what 2012 has in store!

For more information, read the press release:
Layer 7 Technologies Announces Record Revenue Growth in 2011

January 13th, 2012

FROM THE VAULT: White Paper – The Value of Application Service Governance for Cloud Computing

Value of SOA Governance for CloudAs 2012 begins, it definitely seems like Cloud computing will continue to be a hot issue in enterprise IT, with the impetus driving large organizations into the Cloud continuing to gather pace. Consequently, there’s going to be a growing need for information on how services run in the Cloud can be governed in order to ensure data security and maximize performance.

Many of Layer 7’s customers have already made the move into the Cloud. These companies have benefited greatly from our expertise in governance for SOA. This is because SOA governance is directly applicable to the Cloud. Our white paper The Value of Application Service Governance for Cloud Computing provides a detailed explanation of this connection.

Written by internationally-respected SOA/Cloud thought leader David Linthicum, in collaboration with our own Scott Morrison, this white paper outlines how the structure of SOA – services distributed across departments and locations – is at the core of all Cloud computing. So, governance principles that are effective in SOA also work in the Cloud.

To learn more, download The Value of Application Service Governance for Cloud Computing.

December 16th, 2011

FROM THE VAULT: Webinar – Security, Governance & Integration in a Cloud-Connected World presented with Red Hat

Red Hat webinarEnterprise IT is becoming more complex. Companies are investing in systems that promise great benefits in terms of connectivity and cost-effectiveness but, to really make the most of these investments, they need control over and visibility into how systems connect across departments, environments and locations. Introduce the Cloud and things can get really complicated.

This summer, we presented a webinar that addressed these specific issues. Created in association with Red Hat, Security, Governance & Integration in a Cloud-Connected World provided deep insight into how enterprises can address integration, management and security challenges arising from technologies like SOA and Cloud.

With input from Pierre Fricke, Director of SOA Products at Red Hat, as well as Jaime Ryan, our Partner Solutions Architect, this webinar proposed combining an enterprise service bus with a SOA Gateway to create a secure, standards-based system for governing integrations that cross organizational boundaries. You can stream the full recording in the player below.

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December 2nd, 2011

FROM THE VAULT: Webinar – Managing API Security in SaaS & Cloud presented with the Cloud Security Alliance

Managing API SecurityThis week’s dip into the Layer 7 archive provides real-world advice on how providers of Cloud services can securely expose their APIs to third-party developers. Featuring input from eBay Chief Security Strategist Liam Lynch, Managing API Security in SaaS & Cloud will definitely be of interest to anyone who enjoyed our recent Webinar with Best Buy and Amazon Web Services.

For Cloud providers, API publishing has become critical to enabling integration with enterprise systems, sharing information across affiliate Web sites and providing mobile access to services. Of course, Cloud computing and API publishing create all sorts of new security concerns, which is where secure integration providers like Layer 7 come in.

This webinar was co-presented with our friends at the Cloud Security Alliance but it’s about more than just security. A truly safe and secure API publishing programming will have to tackle the full range of API management concerns. Specifically, Cloud API publishers need ways to address versioning and to meter consumption without burdening either developers or consumers.

To find out more, you can read about the webinar on the Layer 7 Web site or simply watch the recording in the player below.

November 25th, 2011

FROM THE VAULT: White Paper – Choosing the Right API Management Solution for the Enterprise User

API White PaperWhile APIs may be nothing new, the whole concept of “API management” is still pretty fresh. It’s probably a term you’re going to start hearing more and more, though – simply because more and more organizations are going to start discovering they need ways to secure and manage their APIs.

Over the last few years, social media and mobile devices have provided all sorts of organizations with the motivation they need to start publicly exposing data and services they would previously have kept private. Clearly, this raises security and management concerns, especially for larger enterprises with valuable data to protect and reputations to maintain.

While API management products have been on the market since at least 2006, there’s still fairly limited understanding of what a fully-functional API management solution looks like – or should look like. Earlier this year, we published our Choosing the Right API Management Solution for the Enterprise User white paper, to help enterprises fill in the blanks.

So, if you’d like to learn the key functional and operational requirements for an API management solution, just download this white paper.