June 19th, 2012

Layer 7 at Gartner AADI

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Gartner SummitsLayer 7’s UK team will be talking mobile, open APIs and cloud this week at the Gartner Application, Architecture, Development & Integration Summit, in London. We are longstanding supporters of Gartner AADI in the UK, US and Australia because of the value it offers enterprise architects, development managers and integration leaders facing challenges around mobile, APIs and the cloud. As enterprises face more complex hybrid connectivity problems over the coming years, we expect conferences like this will play a central role in providing a gathering place for IT experts tasked with finding solutions.

If you’re attending this year’s London event, come by Layer 7′s booth to learn about our new mobile offerings or enjoy the company of the Queen herself during a special hospitality event, where we’ll be celebrating her Diamond Jubilee. Also, if you get the opportunity, don’t miss the chance to hear Rhys Jones from Royal Bank of Scotland (a Layer 7 customer) talking about his organization’s journey to the cloud.

June 8th, 2012

Layer 7 at Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit

Gartner Security and Risk ManagementNext week (June 11-14), Layer 7 will be exhibiting at the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit near Washington, DC (in National Harbor, MD). Speakers will run the gamut from Michael Dell to the Cybersecurity Coordinator for the White House, because enterprises and governmental organizations share a serious interest in securing data and applications.

The combination of security and risk management is particularly interesting these days, as rapid migration to Cloud and Mobile has introduced a new set of risks. These new platforms raise issues around compliance, information security and identity management, which can only be addressed with a comprehensive approach to security, using proven technology.

If you’re at the show, stop by and visit Layer 7 at Booth 92. We’d love to demonstrate how our SOA Governance and API Management solutions can counteract the risks involved with adopting these new technologies. Our solutions – flexibly deployed on-premise or in the Cloud – provide control over data and applications being exposed to partners, Cloud and Mobile.

And our industry-leading technology has been certified at the highest levels for use in both corporate and governmental organizations – PCI-DSS compliance for retail, STIG vulnerability testing for the DoD, FIPS 140-2 for cryptographic functionality and Common Criteria certification for overall security.

Don’t let the risk outweigh the reward – come talk to us!

December 5th, 2011

Gartner AADI 2011 Presentation Video: API Management, Governance & OAuth

Scott Morrison at Gartner AADII delivered a talk all about API governance at last week’s Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration (AADI) summit in Las Vegas. I was the lunchtime entertainment on Wednesday. The session was packed—in fact, a large number of people were turned away because we ran out of place settings. Fortunately, a video of the session is now available, so if you were not able to attend, you can now watch it online.

In this talk, I explore how governance is changing in the API world. I even do a live OAuth demonstration using people, instead of computers. Unlike the classic “swim lane” diagrams that only show how OAuth works, this one also teaches you why the protocol operates as it does. (If you want to skip directly to the OAuth component, it begins at around 22 minutes

November 24th, 2011

Nothing Succeeds Like Success: Analysts Place Layer 7 On Top Once Again

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We’ve had a good Fall here at Layer 7. Last month, Gartner declared that Layer 7 is a leader in its 2011 Magic Quadrant (MQ) for SOA Governance Technologies. To be placed by Gartner in the Leaders Quadrant is a formal recognition of a company’s excellence in its vision and its ability to execute. We’ve achieved this honour with Gartner before (it was the last time they evaluated the SOA Governance space, back in 2009); but this year the firm raised the bar considerably by emphasizing the greater scope of SOA governance, including the overall life cycle of policy and services. We’ve worked hard to develop a complete SOA governance solution—something that Gartner clearly recognized, as are the only SOA gateway vendor to be included in this year’s leaders quadrant. This is an achievement our whole team is very proud of.

But the honours didn’t stop there. Last week, Forrester published The Forrester Wave™: SOA Application Gateways, Q4 2011. I am very pleased to announce that Forrester has also recognized Layer 7 as a leader. Forrester evaluates vendors based on 45 criterion that cover current offering, strategy, and market presence. Layer 7 achieved the highest scores in both the current offering and strategy categories.

As with the Gartner MQ, the actual placement of Layer 7 on the Forrester Wave is dramatic—and it is very flattering. I can’t reproduce either graphic here, but I would encourage you to use your Gartner and Forrester subscriptions to see the reports for yourself. Both studies offer comprehensive information about the state of SOA governance and technology in 2011.

Finally, Layer 7 was ranked as number 71 in Deloitte’s 2011 Technology Fast 500™. The Fast 500 recognizes the 500 fastest growing North American companies in technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology. Deliotte ranks organizations based on their percentage of revenue growth over the five-year period between 2006 and 2011. Being named to the Fast 500 brings us full circle: from vision, to execution, to concrete revenue growth.

I’m looking forward to 2012.


October 27th, 2011

Gartner Magic Quadrant for SOA Governance Technologies 2011

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More exciting news! You may recall we recently announced that Layer 7 had been named a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 growth company. Well, now we’re very pleased to inform you that Layer 7 has been positioned as a leader in Gartner’s 2011 Magic Quadrant for SOA Governance Technologies. The Magic Quadrant is an influential research report that presents a global view of Gartner’s opinion on the main vendors in the SOA governance space.

According to Gartner: “All vendors considered in this Magic Quadrant have articulated a cloud strategy, and have provided evidence that they have started to execute it.” Notably, the report also states that “SOA governance in the cloud also overlaps consistently with API management, the combination of services enabling organizations to deploy, intermediate, govern, catalog and secure public Web APIs based on Web-oriented architecture (WOA) principles, mainly for the use of mobile applications.” The expansion of SOA technologies and governance models across the Web and into the Cloud is central to Layer 7’s business model, as we continue to develop best-of-breed solutions for SOA governance, API management and Cloud integration.

And here’s some more good news. We are offering our blog readers complimentary access to this valuable research report. Simply click here to register for access to the Gartner Magic Quadrant for SOA Governance Technologies 2011. For more information on the Magic Quadrant and Layer 7’s inclusion in the report, you can read our press release.