Intel recently released what we call a composite API platform with our new
API Manager product. What exactly do we mean by this?
A composite platform is a single platform for API management that handles
both Public (sometimes called “Open”) APIs and Enterprise APIs. It’s
composite because it exhibits both the cost savings of “cloud” through a
multi-tenant SaaS partner portal coupled with the control of on-premises
gateway for traffic management. Like a composite material, the mingling of
two or more constituents gives the final solution different properties not
found in either alone.
For a public or open API it’s important to have developers interact in a
shared manner, generally done through a public SaaS partner management
portal. True multi-tenant SaaS offerings gives the Enterprise cost
advantages, as the partner management piece is akin to running a website fo... (more)
For the first time in my life, I was in Spain (Madrid) last week. What a
lovely country and people. Great food too! It amazes me how people can speak
multiple languages and entertain the clueless tourists like me by switching
to English so quickly .
In any case, I was there to attend the APIDays Mediterranea event. Can you
believe that? This is proof that API has gone to the nook and corner of the
world! It was attended by about 100 practitioners. The representative API
management and industry companies included Intel, Kin Lane the API
evangelist, WSO2, 3Scale, Layer 7, FaberNo... (more)
API Management and Internet of Things
API Management is more relevant than ever with the explosive growth of
internet connectivity. The Internet of Things (IoT) is following close on
the heels of the mobile market expansion. IoT refers to uniquely identifiable
objects and their virtual representations in the internet. The business of
IoT is just getting started with an estimated 9 billion things connected to
the internet and projections for that number to grow to 30 billion by 2020.
Any business can take advantage of this new social, mobile, connected world.
More im... (more)
Enterprises often frustrate developers. Why do Enterprises always seem so
behind when it comes to the very latest technology? In particular, a trend we
are seeing is the continued struggle to marry Enterprise authentication with
the burgeoning world of REST APIs. Developers want to use REST, but
Enterprises need enterprise grade API security.
We think this problem will only worsen as Enterprises continue their rapid
adoption of APIs. It seems clear that SOAP, while capable of Enterprise grade
authentication through X.509 and SAML, will be left behind as the “Skinny
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It sounds like a parlor trick, but one of the benefits of API centric
de-facto standards such as REST and JSON is they allow relatively seamless
communication between software systems.
This makes it possible to combine technologies to instantly bring out new
capabilities. In particular I want to talk about how an API Gateway can
improve the security posture of a Hadoop installation without having to
actually modify Hadoop itself. Sounds too good to be true? Read on.
Hadoop and RESTful APIs
Hadoop is mostly a behind the firewall affair, and APIs are generally used
for exposing da... (more)