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Going Hybrid! On-Premises API Gateways

Today is a huge step forward for us: we are rolling out on-premises API gateways.

With this feature, you can have the best of both worlds:

  • API Cloud hosts the web user interfaces (both for API publishing and for API subscribers), configuration, and analytics,
  • You download and install in your network the API Gateway component, which then gets its configuration from the cloud and starts serving the APIs and proxying the calls.

There are multiple advantages to this deployment model:

  • Performance: you can put your API gateway close to your backend services and API subscribers thus avoiding the costly extra hops to the cloud and back,
  • Security and Compliance: API call and payload data does not leave your network and this keeps your security and compliance officers happy,
  • Connectivity: your API gateway is running locally so you do not have to set up VPN or another way of exposing your backend to the internet,
  • Low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO): Most of the infrastructure is run and maintained by WSO2 for you.

The feature is available at no extra cost to all customers of API Cloud’s Large and Extra-Large subscriptions.

To get started:

1. Log into WSO2 API Cloud and click the Get On-Premises Gateway menu:

2. Follow our On-Premises API Gateway documentation or contact our cloud team to get help with the setup.

WSO2 API Cloud in 2017

2017 was a great year for WSO2 (we are now the world’s 8th largest open-source company!), API Cloud, and our customers.

Thanks to the feedback that you provided, we have added numerous great capabilities to our cloud service. Below are just the highlights and the key new features and improvements that we have rolled out last year.

New API Design Capabilities

Advanced throttling: you can now set rate limits not just by the subscription plan but by multiple other criteria including IP addresses, headers, parameters, and JWT claims.

Native WebSocket support – now WebSocket APIs are first-class citizens in API Cloud.

Ability to have multiple backend endpoints per API and route calls on the fly based on your rules.

API Subscriber Benefits

Automated SDK generation for your APIs – API subscribers can download automatically generated SDKs for the programming language of their choice and get going developing their applications quicker.

Even more branding capabilities: you can now set your look, feel, and content not just to the Developer Portal (API Store), but also to the emails that the system sends, to the Publisher UI, and even the error messages.

Mutual SSL as a supported authentication mechanism between API clients and the gateway (and obviously between the gateway and the backend).

Cloud-Service Specific Functionality

Live log access and ability to trace the requests and their transformation for easier troubleshooting and API debugging.

Custom roles and ability to limit visibility and OAuth scopes based on them for better security design and management.

Integration with external Identity Providers and identity stores, including single sign-on for the web UIs,  ability to hook up end-user stores, and SAML integration.

Deeper integration with AWS: not only you can now have API Cloud’s gateway in any AWS datacenter of choice, you can also get API Cloud simply added to your AWS bill to simplify your accounting and vendor management.

Infrastructure Improvements

Full data encryption inside API Cloud: both in transit and at rest.

Separation between production and non-production environments for clean dev-test-production lifecycle.

Comprehensive set of our own APIs that allow you to use API Cloud programmatically and integrate it into whatever custom user interfaces and tools you develop.

 

Thank you for being a WSO2 customer and helping us innovate and advance our services!

Built-In Page Help

Happy New Year!

We have added a quick enhancement that should make API management easier for you in 2018. Now, all API Cloud pages have a context-sensitive Help button on the right-hand side:

Clicking the button, shows you the help pages that we think are most relevant to your current page:

Give the new tips a try and let us know if any useful information is missing on any of the pages!

 

 

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