November 18th, 2011

Forrester Wave for SOA Application Gateways 2011 – Layer 7 Positioned as a Leader

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Forrester Wave for SOA Application GatewaysAt the end of last month, we announced that Layer 7 had been named a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 growth company and had been positioned as a leader in Gartner’s 2011 Magic Quadrant for SOA Governance Technologies. Today, we’re very proud to announce that Forrester Research, Inc. has named Layer 7 a Leader in a new report, The Forrester Wave™: SOA Application Gateways, Q4 2011.

The report groups its criteria into three high-level categories: Current Offering, Strategy and Market Presence. Layer 7’s “SecureSpan SOA Gateway scored well in all of the major functional categories.” In fact, we actually had the highest score in the Current Offering category and the Strategy category. As a Leader, we were recognized for our broad and deep support for messaging styles, attack protection, trust enablement and content transformation.

Top vendors were evaluated, so we feel it’s a great honor to be positioned as a Leader in this SOA Application Gateways Wave. For more information on the report, read our press release.

October 17th, 2011

New White Paper: A Simple & Secure Approach to Integration across SOA, API & Cloud

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Lightweight ESB White PaperWe’re very pleased to announce the publication of a new Layer 7 white paper, called SOA Appliances: A Simple & Secure Approach to Integration across SOA, API & Cloud. Written by Jamie Ryan, Layer 7’s Partner Solutions Architect, this white paper explores how a SOA Gateway can be deployed as a lightweight alternative to the conventional Enterprise Service Bus (ESB).

The ESB has emerged in recent years in response to the increased need for IT integration, which enterprises have experienced as a result of rapidly proliferating Cloud and mobile technologies. ESBs tend to be extremely feature-rich. Consequently, they can also be very complex, to the point that they are often difficult and costly to install, administer and secure.

Our new white paper explains that a SOA Gateway represents a simpler, more cost-effective alternative to the ESB – crucially, an alternative that does not require the enterprise to compromise on security. Using a SOA Gateway as an ESB enables a modern integration architecture but with a much lighter footprint and user experience.

Click here to download SOA Appliances: A Simple & Secure Approach to Integration across SOA, Cloud & API

October 14th, 2011

FROM THE VAULT: Resources on How to Choose a SOA Gateway

Not All SOA Gateways are Created Equal white paperOur weekly From the Vault series highlights classic resources from the Layer 7 Library. This week, we’ve got not one but two items, both of which will prove highly valuable to anyone who is researching options for purchasing or replacing a SOA Gateway – a white paper called Not All SOA Gateways are Created Equal and a webinar called How to Choose a SOA Gateway.

Not All SOA Gateways are Created Equal notes that most Gateways on the market are able to address a good deal of the most common functional requirements. However, the white paper explains, the total cost of ownership (TCO) varies widely between Gateways – and TCO extends well beyond the initial licensing fees to encompass a range of significant factors.

The white paper goes on to examine those factors that will have the greatest impact on TCO, namely:

  • Ease of deployment and customization
  • Manageability, scalability and reliability
  • Cost of upgrade or repurchasing

Click here to find out more about the white paper and to download the PDF

How to Choose a SOA Gateway expands upon the content of this white paper to provide business managers with practical instructions on which key operational and functional needs, as well as potential pitfalls, to consider when selecting a SOA Gateway, including:

  • Portability considerations
  • Scalability risks
  • Extensibility and upgradeability needs
  • Global management implications
  • Hidden operational costs

You can either click here to find out more about the webinar and to download a copy or you can stream it in the player below, courtesy of the Layer 7 YouTube channel: