October 11th, 2012

Open up to the App Economy: API Management as a Service

APIfy LogoApps are everywhere. We are surrounded by them. They’re overrunning our smartphones and forcing us to buy ever larger tablets. They are on our TVs, on our game consoles, on our set-top boxes – everywhere in our living rooms. When I update my vehicle, I expect I’ll be asking what version of Android my prospective car has before I ask about its engine configuration.

Apps have become ubiquitous in just a few short years. It’s no surprise, then, that companies large and small want to be part of the app economy. For these companies, enabling internal and external app developers holds the promise of growing market reach, opening revenue streams and maximizing customer retention – all on the back of developer innovation.

For almost a decade, Layer 7 has been helping large organizations open their data and applications to outside partners, cloud services and developer communities. With APIfy, Layer 7 is now making these same capabilities available to smaller organizations and departments, straight from the cloud.

To small organizations looking to open their first APIs to outside developer communities, APIfy offers the core API Management, security and community features necessary to get started. And for users that end up wanting more advanced features, APIfy provides an easy entry point to the Layer 7 API Management Suite. With APIfy, we aim to create an API platform that can grow with our customers.

Over the next several months, we’ll be offering APIfy free on a limited-use beta program. We’re eager to get feedback, so we’re inviting you to sign up and work with us to make APIfy an industry-leading service for opening APIs to the app economy. Enjoy the trial and let us know how we can make things better!

August 1st, 2012

Mobile Security & Management for the Enterprise: SecureSpan Mobile Access Gateway

Layer 7 SecureSpan Mobile Access GatewayThese days, enterprises face an increasing array of Mobile Access challenges, from BYOD to mobile device management. We live in an increasingly mobile and app-based world. More and more enterprises have mobile-enabled workforces that need access to enterprise data from personal smartphones and tablets.

But how do enterprises balance access control with the individual’s right to choose the apps they want? How do enterprises grant access to sensitive on-premise data via mobile devices without compromising security?

Enterprises need secure ways to surface internal information assets in mobile ready formats that can be easily consumed by both mobile developers and the apps they create. They need simplified ways to manage how enterprise applications and systems get exposed to mobile developers and apps.

Layer 7′s new SecureSpan Mobile Access Gateway does just that by streamlining the process of adapting internal data, application and security infrastructure for mobile use. Delivered as a policy pack extension to our SecureSpan API Proxy/SOA Gateway, the Mobile Access Gateway provides a centralized way to control security and management policies for information assets exposed via APIs to mobile developers and apps.

Contest: Win a $250 Amazon Gift Card
To celebrate the general availability of the SecureSpan Mobile Access Gateway, we’re having a Twitter contest and giving away a $250 Amazon gift card.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Retweet the following:

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2. Don’t have twitter and still want to enter? Just leave a comment on this post, telling us your favorite mobile app.

The contest ends Aug 8 at noon. The winner will be drawn at random. If you win, we’ll send you a direct message on Twitter to let you know.

July 17th, 2012

Developer Management & the Layer 7 API Portal 2.1

Layer 7 API Portal Version 2.1As Layer 7’s CTO, Scott Morrison, recently stated: API Management = Developer Management. Okay, there are actually many elements to API Management – securing APIs, enforcing rate limits and SLAs, translating protocols and so forth. But if developers can’t make use of your APIs, then your APIs aren’t going to do you much good. So, providing a place where developers can discover, register for, learn about and leverage your APIs is – in many ways – the key to a truly effective API Management strategy.

That’s why the Layer 7 API Portal – which is designed to help organizations onboard, educate and manage developers – is one of the cornerstones of our API Management Suite.

The world of Web, mobile and cloud API publishing is growing and changing at an incredible rate right now, so we’re constantly working hard to expand and refine our line of API-focused products. With all that in mind – and hot on the heels of our SecureSpan Mobile Access Gateway – we’re very excited to announce version 2.1 of the Portal.

With the developer management needs of API publishers constantly evolving, we’ve added a range of new functionality to the Portal, including:

  • Advanced analytic reports
  • More granular privacy controls
  • Enhanced lifecycle management features
  • New customization options for the content management system

We’re exhibiting at Mobile+Web DevCon in San Francisco this week. If you’re at the show and you’d like to learn more about this new API Portal release, please stop by our booth.

July 13th, 2012

Layer 7 at Your Service

Layer 7 ServicesLayer 7 has been providing solutions for more than a decade. In this time, we have gained valuable experience of how to make our industry-leading products deliver maximum benefit in critical customer environments. In particular, we’ve gained a great deal of knowledge about how to translate clients’ business needs into robust solutions that meet the functional requirements and address key non-functional areas like performance, security and operations.

Recently, we’ve added a number of industry experts to our full-time team, in order to deepen this expertise and expand our delivery. Services have become an increasingly important part of our business and we have just launched a new Services section on our Web site in order to provide details of our service offerings.

Training Services are always the right starting point for new clients and we have a number of courses we can tailor to meet any customer’s needs. Following training, we can customize IT Services to provide consulting, configuration and any implementation activity. Our Business Services help companies explore new opportunities through technology. The current focus is on the many possibilities offered by APIs and we’re very excited to have noted industry experts Mike Amundsen and Ronnie Mitra leading this practice.

Please have a look at all the services we offer and let us know if any of these would help your company out. No matter what phase of a project you’re in, we will be happy to be at your service!

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.