January 28th, 2013

Growing Your APIs in the Amazon Cloud

Amazon Tech TalkPutting applications in the cloud can reduce overall IT costs and deliver greater scalability. Cost considerations are always a concern in IT infrastructures but scalability may be the most important benefit of hosting applications in the cloud. Leveraging the elasticity of Amazon’s cloud infrastructure can allow you to scale your APIs to match market demand. Amazon Web Services provides tooling that can help you be quicker to market with your APIs.

But do interfaces hosted on AWS and exposed to third-party developers contain significant vulnerabilities? Cloud services allow third-party access to applications and data through APIs. Failing to properly secure that access can put the data and applications at risk. So, how do you safely expose APIs in a cloud environment?

Understanding the cloud API model isn’t always easy. So, on January 29, we’re having a live discussion about publishing APIs in the AWS cloud, which may help answer questions surrounding exposing APIs in cloud environments. I’m excited to welcome Layer 7 Technologies Senior Software Developer Hirbod (Rod) Moshfeghi as our special guest for this API Tech Talk. This is a great opportunity to have your questions answered and to discuss the implications of publishing cloud-based APIs.

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December 7th, 2012

Tech Talk Tuesday: Applying the USE Paradigm When Designing Your APIs

Mike Amundsen Tech TalkOnce again, it’s time for Tech Talk Tuesday here at Layer 7 Technologies. I’m particularly excited about this latest one, as we’ll be welcoming back Mike Amundsen, a Principal API Architect at Layer 7 and an in-demand thought leader on API design and implementation.

This time around, Mike will be talking about Applying the USE Paradigm When Designing Your APIs.  The USE (Usable, Scalable, Evolvable) paradigm provides an extremely useful guide when creating high-level interfaces for your existing business objects and data storage.

Mike will be taking live questions on the USE paradigm and API design generally, so get ready to get involved. Tweet questions with the hashtag #layer7live or email techtalk@layer7.com. On the day, you can watch and chat live on the Tech Talk page.

This looks set to be a very special Tech Talk for anyone interested in API architecture and design – so don’t miss out; join us on Tuesday!

November 15th, 2012

Optimizing Cloud-Driven Mobile Apps – Tech Talk Featuring Alex Gaber

Alex Gaber Tech TalkI’m excited to welcome back our API Evangelist Alex Gaber to do his second Tech Talk. Back by popular demand, Alex will take your questions on Optimizing Cloud-Driven Mobile Apps. Alex is a dynamic speaker who knows the app economy inside and out, has built several of his own mobile apps and regularly host hackathons all over the globe.

Building cloud- and API-driven mobile apps introduces complex challenges around syncing, caching and securing data. So, connect live with Layer 7 on Tuesday November 20, at 9am Pacific Time, when Alex will be answering your questions about how to address these challenges. Alex will also provide insight into a range of related best practices, including techniques for building cross-platform applications in HTML 5.

Click here to get the full event details and a reminder in your calendar. On the day of the event, join the event at layer7.com/live and tweet questions to #layer7live.

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September 14th, 2012

WebSockets Tech Talk

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Ronnie Mitra WebSockets Tech TalkWe aim to keep our Tech Talks relevant and interesting for our viewers. We simply want to provide an open forum to discuss and ask questions about key issues around API Management. So, in keeping with that spirit, our next subject for discussion will be Websockets and the excitement surrounding HTML5′s support for the WebSocket protocol. And I’m excited to have Layer 7 API Architect Ronnie Mitra as my guest for this highly-topical Tech Talk.

The hype around the WebSocket standard, which enables a type of bi-directional, socket-based communication not possible with conventional HTTP, has been steadily increasing over the last two years. As adoption of  WebSockets technology increases, API architects need to understand how they can use the protocol to build great APIs for mobile and Web applications.

In this Tech Talk, Ronnie will be discussing:

  • The ins and outs of the WebSocket protocol
  • The relationship between HTTP-based APIs and WebSockets
  • Use cases that are a great fit for the WebSocket standard
  • The challenges of securing a WebSockets connection

Of course, the discussion won’t be limited to just these topics. We also welcome any and all of your questions and comments. In fact, without them the spirit of Tech Talk Tuesday would cease to exist. So please start formulating your questions or comments and be sure to add the date to your calendar.

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  • Tech Talk Tuesday: WebSockets
    Tuesday September 18
    9am PDT | 12pm EDT | 5pm BST
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August 30th, 2012

Tech Talk, September 4: Publishing Cloud APIs

Publishing Cloud APIsMore and more businesses are moving applications and data to cloud-based infrastructure. The integration models and vendor offerings that facilitate this are pretty diverse (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, vCloud, AWS, OpenStack… ) but there is a common thread – the need for APIs with which these services can be managed and maintained.

The importance of APIs continues once the infrastructure is in place. Applications in the cloud can expose their own APIs, opening data access to partners, mobile devices or other cloud technologies. This raises questions around how enterprises can effectively leverage cloud APIs while addressing the security and management concerns that will inevitably arise.

I’ll be discussing some of these concerns when I take part in Layer 7’s latest Tech Talk on Tuesday September 4 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm BST. The subject matter will be Publishing Cloud APIs and – like all our Tech Talks – this interactive Q&A will be broadcast live on the Layer 7 Facebook page and via Livestream.

Here’s how you can join the conversation:

Feel free to ask questions around:

  • Securely exposing APIs from a cloud-based solution
  • Orchestrating APIs for value-added interfaces
  • Enforcing access control and threat protection across hybrid cloud environments

I’m looking forward to chatting with you. Don’t forget to add the Tech Talk to your calendar. See you on Tuesday!