June 20th, 2012

Introducing the SecureSpan Mobile Access Gateway

Mobile AccessMobile is forcing enterprises to open up. With the advent of BYOD, tablet enablement of field organizations and mobile consumer initiatives, organizations need simple ways to expose internal information and services to mobile apps on the outside.

Traditional middleware isn’t optimized for mobile. It can’t handle the conversion to mobile protocols or performance optimization for mobile connections. It also fails to provide policy controls for governing how apps interact with corporate-owned resources inside the enterprise and cloud. As for managing identity and access, traditional middleware fails to provide a bridge from SSO, SAML and legacy identity systems to mobile-friendly frameworks like OAuth, OpenID Connect and Java Web Tokens. That is why Layer 7 is introducing the SecureSpan Mobile Access Gateway.

The SecureSpan Mobile Access Gateway builds on the API security and connectivity of Layer 7′s industry-leading family of Gateways for the hybrid enterprise, with new mobile-specific features like support for streaming protocols, notification services, geofencing and social proxy. The Mobile Access Gateway gives enterprises a fast, secure and reliable way to allow mobile developers and mobile apps access to internal information while insulating them from network, application and identity mismatches.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Identity: Extend enterprise LDAP & SSO to Mobile Access frameworks like OAuth, OpenID Connect and JSON Web Tokens
  • Security: Protect mobile REST and OData APIs against attack, build custom geofencing policies and proxy mobile streaming protocols like WebSockets and XMPP
  • Adaptation: Translate and orchestrate backend information services into mobile ready formats like JSON and REST
  • Optimization: Aggregate, pre-fetch and cache data retrieval calls for improved performance
  • Integration: Simplify integration with notification services and external cloud services

If you want to learn more or get a demonstration of the product, contact us at info@layer7.com.

June 5th, 2012

Layer 7 User Conference & API Workshop

Layer 7 User ConferenceOn June 15, Layer 7 will be holding a special User Conference & API Workshop event at Cisco’s training facilities in San Jose, CA. This is a free event, open to Layer 7 Technologies customers and non-customers alike. The sessions will include a Q&A with Forrester Analyst Eve Maler plus speakers from Adobe, Savvis and Cisco.

It’s an all-day catered event, divided into two sessions (9am-12pm and 1-4:45pm, with lunch served in between). The morning session will focus on best practices for using Layer 7’s API Management, Mobile Access, SOA Governance and Cloud Integration products. The afternoon session will feature a workshop focusing on the topic of API Management.

For more information you can view the full agenda. Space is limited, so if you’re interested in attending, please don’t hesitate to register for the User Conference & Workshop.

April 16th, 2012

Webinar Reminder: Developers, Developers, Developers

Layer 7 RedMonk Developers WebinarIt’s about developers again.

Everything in technology goes through cycles. If you stick around long enough, you begin to see patterns emerge with an almost predictable regularity. I actually find this comforting; it suggests we’re on a path of refinement of fundamental truths that date back in a continuous line though Alan Kay to Turing and beyond.

The wrong way to react to technology cycles is with the defensive-and-crusty “this is nothing new kid—we did it back in ’99 when you were stuck in the womb.” Thanks for nothing, Grandpa. A better approach is to recognize the importance of new energy and momentum to make great things happen.

The cycle that really excites me now is the new rise of the developer. Trying my best not to be crusty, there is a palatable excitement and energy out there that really does feel like it did in 1999. After years of outsourcing, after years of commoditization, developers matter again. A lot. It’s like the world has rediscovered the critical importance of this fundamentally creative endeavor.

This is a golden age of technology and possibility, one that is being driven by new blood and newer technology. The catalyst is the achingly perfect collision of Cloud, mobility and social discovery with APIs, node.js, Git, NoSQL, HTML5, massive scalability… (I really could go on and on here).

Most of all, I’m excited by movements like Codecademy. This simple idea perfectly reflects the tenor of the time in which we live. People are no longer afraid of making things easy. The priesthood is gone; coding is now confident and mature.

I’ll be talking more about these topics – and the important role APIs play – in an upcoming webinar I will be delivering with James Governor, co-founder of RedMonk. This is the analyst firm that truly is at the heart of the new developer movement. I hope you can join us Thursday, April 19 at 9am Pacific. This one is going to be good.

Click here to register for the webinar: Developers, Deveopers, Developers - Why API Management Should be Important to You featuring RedMonk

March 1st, 2012

Layer 7 at the Hollywood IT Summit

Hollywood IT SummitThis week, at Mobile World Congress, I got to see firsthand how mobile and Cloud are transforming the distribution of content. People want to consume entertainment on four screens: TV, PC, smartphone and tablet. They want their watching, listening, gaming and reading experiences to be 100% portable. They want instant, on-demand access to content. They sometimes want to own the content but they sometimes prefer to rent or subscribe. These changes in how end-users want to consume content are demanding a rethink of how entertainment producers deliver this content.

Cloud and APIs figure prominently in enabling entertainment producers to deliver content anytime, anywhere. APIs allow producers to expose content and associated metadata to “apps” that can be delivered via any smart device, including a TV. Similarly, Cloud computing creates the promise of instant content delivery to any device, on-demand. But for the content producer, exposing content from the Cloud, over APIs, across the Internet, to a mixed universe of internally and externally-built apps that may live on TVs, PCs, tablets or smartphones creates challenges around security and management.

Layer 7 offers solutions for entertainment producers and distributors who need to secure and manage content delivered from the Cloud, over APIs, to apps. That’s why, this Friday, Layer 7 will be exhibiting at the Hollywood IT Summit. If you happen to be attending, stop by the booth or catch Layer 7’s Steve Loscialpo giving a talk called Simplifying Content Distribution Across Mobile & Cloud Using API Management. Here are the event details:

  • Hollywood IT Summit – Friday, March 2, 2012
    Pepperdine University, Malibu Campus, Los Angeles – Register here
February 27th, 2012

New Solution Brief: API Management for Mobile

API Management for MobileIncreasingly, mobile is one of the major factors driving enterprises to expose their information assets via APIs. With the BYOD movement bringing mobile into the workplace and some forward-thinking enterprises equipping their employees with tablets, there is a growing need for enterprise-level apps that leverage systems and data exposed via APIs.

Of course, allowing enterprise data to be accessed from smart-phones and tablets (via public networks) creates a range of concerns around security and performance. The security risks are clear – perhaps less well understood is the fact that, for apps to perform efficiently, data will need to be filtered and transformed into formats and protocols suitable for mobile.

Layer 7’s new API Management for Mobile solution brief explains how our API Management Suite of products delivers everything enterprises need to address the data security and performance management concerns raised by integrating enterprise assets with mobile devices. To find out more download the solution brief now.