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.

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:

September 30th, 2011

FROM THE VAULT: White Paper – The Role of XML Gateways in SOA

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Role of XML Gateways in SOA White PaperA week ago, we began a weekly series of blog posts on key content from the Layer 7 Resource Library. We started things off by bringing about our Expanding Role of XML Gateways in SOA, Mobile & Cloud webinar. This week we’re going to stick with the same general area of interest but focus in a bit on the specific uses of Gateways in SOA.

Our white paper The Role of XML Gateways in SOA is consistently one of the most popular items in the Resource Library, which goes to show that the topic of SOA is still on a lot of people’s minds. This white paper explains how XML Gateways deliver “application networking” functionality, making it possible to complete critical SOA tasks without programming.

In contrast to conventional networking devices, XML gateways specialize in the application-level protocols rendered within XML or Web services messages. An XML gateway can rapidly inspect and process XML messages to efficiently perform a range of processes vital to SOA, including content routing protocol switching, data transformation and identity authentication.

By doing so, XML gateways make it easy for SOA architects to:

  • Implement security
  • Optimize performance
  • Enable advanced policy operations

To get more detailed insight into the value of XML gateways to SOA deployments, download the white paper.

September 9th, 2011

Accelerating Security & Governance with SOA

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This week I gave a talk at ITP’s SOA, BPM & Integration Forum in Zurich, a one-day conference with analyst presentations, customer case studies and one-to-one sessions.My talk, called “Accelerating Security & Governance with SOA”, had two main aims:

  • To provide an overview of how and why many organizations are accelerating the design and deployment of SOA security and governance environments
  • To discuss (and hopefully provide answers to) questions arising from this acceleration

To give you an idea of the ground I covered in my presentation, here’s a link to the slide deck I used. I’d also like to take a moment here to explain why I believe the acceleration of SOA security and governance programs is an important issue that demands our attention at this time.

First of all, SOA is continuing to expand throughout organizations, across organizational boundaries and into the Cloud. Organisations are reacting as dynamically as they can to the integration challenges this creates. At the same time, security and governance need to keep up, so the smart players are also accelerating these aspects of their SOA environments.

Second, the acceleration of SOA security and governance programs creates issues of its own. While, the rapid infrastructural changes created by growth in SOA and Cloud adoption certainly need to be managed and security must be enforced consistently, acceleration of security and governance raises a number of tricky questions, which I endeavoured to tackle in my talk:

  • How do you manage the implementation of SOA security and governance without slowing down your organisation?
  • How will your SOA remain operational as it evolves?
  • How can you deliver APIs quickly while enforcing perimeter security and integration?

I got some very interesting feedback on my answers at the forum and I’m certainly looking forward to hearing more from the online community!

Accelerating SOA Security and Governance