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How to Choose a SOA Gateway

Dana Crane, Product Marketing Manager for Layer 7, is delivering a webinar this Thursday January 27 that tells you what you should consider when choosing a SOA Gateway. The SOA gateway category is a little like an iceberg, in that there is a lot more to it than first meets the eye. Here at Layer 7, we find that customers first become interested in SOA Gateways as a means to solve their security and transaction management problems. But they quickly discover that SOA Gateways can easily function as an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), a service orchestration engine, a lightweight PKI system, a Security Token Service (STS), and even a service host for applications. We have a number of customers who have been able to discontinue expensive maintenance contracts on basic infrastructure applications simply because their SOA Gateway was able to meet all of their needs.

I hope you can join my colleague Dana later this week and learn more about what you need to look for in an SOA Gateway solution. Dana is one of the best product guys I know. He really understands the needs of the marketplace, and he keeps all of us here at Layer 7 honest. You can sign up for Dana’s webinar on the Layer 7 web site right here.

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K. Scott Morrison is the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Architect at Layer 7 Technologies, where he is leading a team developing the next generation of security infrastructure for cloud computing and SOA. An architect and developer of highly scalable, enterprise systems for over 20 years, Scott has extensive experience across industry sectors as diverse as health, travel and transportation, and financial services. He has been a Director of Architecture and Technology at Infowave Software, a leading maker of wireless security and acceleration software for mobile devices, and was a senior architect at IBM. Before shifting to the private sector, Scott was with the world-renowned medical research program of the University of British Columbia, studying neurodegenerative disorders using medical imaging technology.

Scott is a dynamic, entertaining and highly sought-after speaker. His quotes appear regularly in the media, from the New York Times, to the Huffington Post and the Register. Scott has published over 50 book chapters, magazine articles, and papers in medical, physics, and engineering journals. His work has been acknowledged in the New England Journal of Medicine, and he has published in journals as diverse as the IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow, and Neurology. He is the co-author of the graduate text Cloud Computing, Principles, Systems and Applications published by Springer, and is on the editorial board of Springer’s new Journal of Cloud Computing Advances, Systems and Applications (JoCCASA). He co-authored both Java Web Services Unleashed and Professional JMS. Scott is an editor of the WS-I Basic Security Profile (BSP), and is co-author of the original WS-Federation specification. He is a recent co-author of the Cloud Security Alliance’s Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing, and an author of that organization’s Top Threats to Cloud Computing research. Scott was recently a featured speaker for the Privacy Commission of Canada’s public consultation into the privacy implications of cloud computing. He has even lent his expertise to the film and television industry, consulting on a number of features including the X-Files. Scott’s current interests are in cloud computing, Web services security, enterprise architecture and secure mobile computing—and of course, his wife and two great kids.

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