October 15, 2012
Layer 7 Technologies has rolled out a beta version of its a cloud-based API Management service to help non-IT pros open up APIs to outside developers of mobile applications.
The APIfy cloud platform makes it possible for an organization to launch its API program in a matter of hours. APIfy is available now at no cost during the beta preview period, which will run through early 2013.
Apps are driving growth for smartphones, tablets, consoles, TVs and even cars. Organizations of all sizes are looking at ways to tap this growing app economy by making their data available to outside app developers in a fast, simple and secure way. According to Gartner, more than 45 billion mobile apps will be downloaded in 2012 (nearly twice the rate from 2011) and by 2016, an estimated 300 billion apps will be downloaded annually.
For several years, Layer 7 has provided IT organizations with a leading API Management platform for opening APIs to outside partners, cloud services, mobile apps and developer communities. APIfy takes elements of the Layer 7 API Management Suite and delivers them via a Web-configurable service from the cloud. This service includes key API security, management and developer engagement services for rapid publication of APIs to a developer community. It is also compatible with the Layer 7 API Management Suite, so that organizations can upgrade to the full Layer 7 solution when they are ready.
“APIs provide enterprises with a simple means to open internal data and applications to external developers. For many years, Layer 7 has established its API Management Suite as the choice for enterprises that don’t want to compromise on security, performance or flexibility,” said Dimitri Sirota, Chief Strategy Officer at Layer 7. “APIfy distills the key elements of our suite into a simple and safe service perfect for API product managers, marketers and developer evangelists. And when the organizational API needs to evolve or scale, APIfy customers can quickly transition to the full-featured Layer 7 API Management Suite.”