3scale had developed its application programming interface (API) gateway to help its enterprise customers easily distribute and monetize their own APIs. It handles the distribution of API code to Web-based and mobile services across a number of desktop and mobile devices.
Now 3scale has released a Docker-based version of its gateway for use in the Red Hat OpenShift V3 online application hosting platform. The Docker software has wrapped all the code, libraries, and system tools necessary to run the gateway on any desired environment. In this case, users who already utilize OpenShift can find that their existing cloud-based applications can now easily take advantage of the gateway for connections with third party applications. Steven Willmott, the CEO of 3scale, called this partnership the next logical step for his company’s application.
“Customers using OpenShift can more easily deploy the 3scale API Gateway in just a few clicks on OpenShift to leverage the many benefits of this enterprise-class PaaS,” Willmott said. “This integration was a logical next step in our collaboration with Red Hat to offer a full-stack API solution, and it’s in line with our recent decision to join OpenShift Commons to contribute to the growth of the OpenShift ecosystem.”
Julio Tapia, the director of OpenShift at Red Hat, commented further on how this containerization can affect business operations. In short, Tapia mentioned that it offers the freedom to deploy applications that may use a number of different programming languages. It also allows for the quick launch of any application alongside others because each Docker item contains everything an application needs to survive.
In this case, 3scale offers more than just its own survival. It helps other applications reach the outside world by managing their APIs from a central location. It can work with applications that run in its own instance of OpenShift just as well as it can help applications that run in other instances.
Red Hat has proven that its cloud-based infrastructure will work for a number of different industries. Just this year, it has offered its services to BlackMesh for its federal government security and to the Royal Bank of Scotland for its public banking projects.
Any type of user can create its own APIs to allow third parties to connect to its services. The Red Hat computing platform only seeks to make the process even easier with adoption of the 3scale gateway.
This is only one part of a much larger picture that will be demonstrated at the upcoming All About the API event. Running July 18 – 21 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the event will bring together API developers from all over, allowing them to not only show off what's currently under development, but also network with others about future developments. A set of hackathons are also planned to give attendees the chance to develop some of the APIs that will be a part of tomorrow's operations.
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