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David Linthicum published a recent article in eBizQ noting the Rise of Cloud Governance. As CTO of Blue Mountain Labs, Dave is in a good position to see industry trends take shape. Lately he’s been noticing a growing interest in cloud management and governance tools. In his own words: This is a huge hole that cloud computing has had.  Indeed, without strong governance and management strategy, and enabling technology, the path to cloud computing won’t be possible. It’s nice to see that he explicitly names Layer 7 Technologies as one of the companies that is offering solutions today for Cloud Governance. It turns out that cloud governance, while a logical evolution of SOA governance, has a number of unique characteristics all its own. One of these is the re-distribution of roles and responsibilities around provisioning, security, and operations. Self-service is a defin... (more)

SOA Across Cloud Computing

SOA in the Cloud Expo I’ll be delivering a Webinar next week about Layer 7’s Enterprise Service Manager (ESM) product. ESM offers the global view of clusters of SecureSpan Gateways and the services under their management. It’s functions fall into three main areas: Enterprise-scale Management Centrally manage and monitor all Gateways and associated services across the extended enterprise and into the cloud Automated Policy Migration Centrally approve and then push policy to any Gateway across the enterprise, automatically resolving environmental discrepancies Disaster Recovery ... (more)

eBizQ: SOA in This Year and the Next

SOA in the Cloud It’s that time when we look back on one year and forward to the next. Over at the eBizQ forum Peter Schooff asked about SOA’s past and future: What Developments in SOA Are You Most Thankful For This Year? What Do You Think Will be the Biggest Trend or Development for SOA in 2010? ... (more)

How to Secure REST and JSON

Here at Layer 7 we get asked a lot about our support for REST. We actually have a lot to offer to secure, monitor and manage REST-style transactions. The truth is, although we really like SOAP and XML here at Layer 7, we also really like REST and alternative data encapsulations like JSON. We use both REST and JSON all the time in our own development. Suppose you have a REST-based service that you would like to publish to the world, but you are concerned about access control, confidentiality, integrity, and the risk from incoming threats. We have an answer for this: SecureSpan Gate... (more)

Up is the New Up

As some of you may have already heard, 2009 was a spectacular year for Layer 7. Despite the economic downturn—leading to the “flat is the new up” quip around the Valley—we actually grew more than in any year previous. In fact, we’ve grown steadily year-over-year for the last four years. 2009, however, turned out to be special for a number of reasons. First, Gartner placed us in the leader’s quadrant in the MQ for Integrated SOA Governance. This is important because it recognizes that SecureSpan Gateways offer a comprehensive solution for SOA governance in-a-box. Now, you will ne... (more)