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API MANAGEMENT FIRM SOA Software has launched an application programming interface (API) gateway today that allows businesses to expose their API's with a built-in cloud based developer community, helping to grow their services and make it quicker for them to get up and running.
Speaking to the INQUIRER, the firm's CTO Alistair Farquharson said the API Gateway is unique due to it being a new concept in API and SOA management, aiming to "deliver new advantages in the application-level security space".
"The new API Gateway provides monitory, security, and more uniquely, a developer community as well, so kind of a turnkey approach to an API gateway where a customer can buy that product, get it up and running, expose their API and expose the developer community to the outside world," Farquharson said.
"[It will] support and manage the porting of mobile applications or web apps or B2B partnerships."
Farquharson explained that there are three main components within the Gateway, which SOA Software has termed a "unified services gateway", including a runtime component, a policy manager, and a developer community.
The runtime component handles the message traffic, whereas the policy manager component is capable of managing a range of different policies, such as threat protection, authentication, authorisation, anti-virus, monitorin, auditing, logging, for example.
"The whole objective here is to get a customer up and running with API's as quickly as possible to meet some kind of a business need that they have, whether that's mobile an application initiative or a web application, integration or syndication," Farquharson added.
The third component is the API's cloud-based "developer community", which exposes an organisation to the outside world so developers can come take a look at its API, read its documentation, and see what APIs it has to figure out how to interact with them.
It's this component that sets SOA Software's Gateway apart form other firms doing similar appliances on the market, claims Farquharson.
"It essentially becomes the developer site for your organisation, with it all running on a single appliance which is rather unique," he added.
"The interesting thing about the gateway is that it does API's as well as services [that are] needed for mobile devices so you have old and the new encapsulated in the single appliance, which is very important to our customers."
The developer community is offered through the API as a service, "like the Salesforce of APIs", Farquharson said.
"Developers can go there and build their community and it provides them with high level service and availability and saglobla infrastructure and leverage the strength of their community to get themselves going." µ
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