October 12th, 2011

Event Follow-Up: Defining, Enforcing & Validating Web Services Policy on AWS

Amazon Web ServicesLast week, I was involved with a Layer 7 workshop in Tysons Corner, VA, just outside of Washington, DC. This workshop, called Defining, Enforcing & Validating Web Services Policy on AWS was presented in association with our friends at Amazon Web Services. The goal of the session was to teach attendees how build a secure bridge between the enterprise and the public Cloud.

You see, for organizations with variable application loads or the need to scale rapidly, Cloud services like AWS offer a truly elastic way to accommodate changing compute needs. But it’s rare for an enterprise to be able to run a workload in the public Cloud isolated from data or applications residing inside the enterprise. These organizations need ways to bridge the enterprise and the Cloud without compromising security or limiting scale-out.

Layer 7/AWS Event

The Layer 7/AWS workshop demonstrated a solution based on Layer 7′s industry-leading SecureSpan EC2 Appliance, which makes it simple for organizations in this situation to address the challenges of federation, integration and governance they are facing. Specifically, the event began with an overview of AWS before providing practical instructions on how the SecureSpan EC2 Appliance can be used to:

  • Ensure security and federate identities in Cloud/enterprise integrations
  • Implement fine-grained access and data security policies without coding
  • Secure and manage REST APIs for Cloud applications

We certainly got a great response from attendees. Also, during registration, we got quite a few requests for similar events in different cities. If you’d like us to hold a Layer 7/AWS workshop in your city, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 1-800-681-9377 or emailing sales@layer7.com. In the meantime, if you want to know more, the slides presented at the workshop are available here. Additionally, here’s a demo of Layer 7 federation features specific to AWS:

October 4th, 2011

Software. Hardware. Complete.

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ApplianceFor the fourth year in a row, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison used his Oracle OpenWorld opening address yesterday to showcase his vision for delivering software inside pre-configured and optimized hardware. Much has changed since he first stood on the stage at the Moscone Center in 2008, to introduce Exadata on HP hardware.  While his choice of hardware may no longer be HP, his interest in merging software and hardware into something that delivers more than its constituent parts has not diminished.

Now some will snicker that software inside a “pizza box” seems more like a decade-old vision than a foundation for the next ten years. Today, after all, the action is in the Cloud. But it’s never been an either/or situation. Larry Ellison probably knows more about Cloud than most, having funded Cloud pioneer Salesforce.com before launching its primary competitor, NetSuite. So his embrace of appliances doesn’t conflict with the adoption of Cloud. Quite the opposite – modularized software/hardware combinations will become the bedrock for those building Clouds, as evidenced by the EMC-Cisco-VMware joint VCE (Virtual Computing Environment) venture. The accelerated introduction of new appliances this week also demonstrates a larger truth: the enterprise will never be completely in the Cloud.

While the Cloud is great for delivering shared services or consuming specific types of application functionality without IT, it will never 100% replace an organization’s need for traditional software. Despite the whirlwind of innovation in the last 40 years, enterprises rarely replace what isn’t broken. For that reason, mainframes still underpin many of our everyday interactions with banks, insurance companies, travel sites and other enterprise entities.  Moreover, companies will always have the need to own select internal information infrastructure and incrementally add new components to this infrastructure. Appliances for some software tasks let them do this with less cost and complexity.

Layer 7 FormatsAt Layer 7, for several years now, we have been actively selling appliances to simplify integration, security and governance of applications shared with other applications both inside and outside enterprise boundaries. When we started, these appliances were primarily physical and the sharing was primarily internal. In the intervening years, the sharing has moved outside the DMZ and to apps residing on a mobile tablet like the iPad or in a Cloud like AWS. Moreover, our definition of “appliance” has evolved to reflect changing views of hardware virtualization. Today, we sell more “appliances” on VMware and AWS than we do hardware but the idea remains the same: remove the cost and complexity of application integration, application security and application governance with appliances.  One plus one sometimes can equal three!

September 22nd, 2011

Defining, Enforcing & Validating Web Services Policy on AWS

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Layer 7 is now accepting registrations for an upcoming event near Washington, DC, which will provide practical instructions on how to secure a Cloud-based IT infrastructure built upon Amazon Web Services (AWS). Here are the full details:

Defining, Enforcing & Validating Web Services Policy on AWS
Thursday October 6, 6pm-8pm
Tysons Corner Marriott (Salons E and F, Grand Ballroom, Main Level), Tysons Corner, VA

Click here to register for the event

Amazon Web Services

This hands-on workshop will demonstrate how a Layer 7 SecureSpan EC2 Appliance can be configured to secure integrations to and from the AWS Cloud. The event will include an overview of AWS security as well as practical instructions on how to:

  • Ensure security and federate identities in Cloud/enterprise integrations
  • Implement fine-grained access and data security policies without coding
  • Secure and manage REST APIs for Cloud applications

To sweeten the deal even more, we’ll be providing a light dinner and giving all attendees a 90-day evaluation of the SecureSpan EC2 Appliance. If you’re interested in attending, don’t wait around too long before you register – our last event in this part of the word was a sell-out!

Register now for Defining, Enforcing & Validating Web Services Policy on AWS