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Politics of API

The Politics of APIs

Politics is all about power.   Whether in Washington DC, Brussels, or Beijing, individuals jockey for advantage using the political process.  The politics of APIs centers on ‘knowledge being power’ and ‘data content being power’.  Individuals and corporations gain a powerful advantage in the API economy by enforcing content ownership, access privileges, and distribution rights to their advantage.

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Gain the WSO2 Advantage

WSO2 provides a competitive advantage to your connected business.  You obtain the WSO2 advantage by adopting: 

  • Complete, Composable, and Cohesive Platform
  • Enterprise-Ready Foundation
  • API-centric Architecture
  • Cloud-Native and Cloud-Aware Technology
  • DevOps for Developers Perspective
  • Open Source Value

 

complete-composable-and-cohesive-platformComplete, Composable, and Cohesive Platform

WSO2 has organically developed a complete, composable and cohesive platform for your complex solutions by integrating innovative open source projects .

  • Complete: Rapidly develop and run your complex solution across Apps, APIs, Services, Business Processes, Events, Data without time consuming product integration.
  • Composable:  Build a fit-for-purpose stack by mixing platform features on top of a common OSGI framework, and seamlessly integrate WSO2 components with your infrastructure components using interoperability protocols.
  • Cohesive: security, identity, logging, monitoring, and management services combined with interoperable protocols enable you to leverage what you know and what you have.

Learn more about WSO2 Platforms  and WSO2 Products

Read more about WSO2 Carbon composition scenarios and  WSO2 Carbon’s flexible topology advantage.

API commonsAPI-centric and Service-Oriented Architecture

Extend the reach of your business to mobile devices, customers, and partners by establishing and API-centric and Service-Oriented Architecture.

A forward-thinking architecture will include:

  • APIs fostering effective collaboration across business value webs, supply chains, and
  • Managed APIs incorporating security, management, versioning, and monetization best practices
  • Enterprise Integration Patterns (EIP) streamlining integration process activities used to build, publish, connect, and consume endpoints
  • Application services governance promoting service re-use and guiding versioning.
  • Hybrid integration infrastructure supporting service discovery,  evaluation, and composition.

Read more about Enterprise Integration Patterns, API Management Technical Evaluation, and Promoting Service Re-use.

enterprise-readyEnterprise-Ready

WSO2 pre-integrates and hardens opens source projects into an enterprise-ready platform exhibiting unparalleled benefits:

 

  • Scale and Performance to handle enterprise-scale load at the lowest run-time footprint
  • Enterprise governance policy definitions and best practices embedded in developer studio, dashboards, enforcement points, and management consoles.
  • Identity and Entitlement Management provides information and access assurance across complex business relationships and interactions.  Supports role based access control (RBAC), attribute based access control (ABAC) using XACML, cloud identity (e.g. SCIM), and web native authorization mechanisms (e.g. OAuth, SAML).
  • Re-shape Architecture by wrapping legacy application infrastructure and data repositories with APIs, services, and event interfaces.  Bring Cloud scalability, on-demand self-service, and resource pooling to traditional application infrastructure servers.

Read more about WSO2 Carbon scalability and performance, security and identity, and a New IT architecture.

 

Cloud-Native and Cloud-Aware

Reduce time to market, streamline processes, rapidly iterate by adopting a New IT platform that includes the following Cloud-Native concepts and Cloud-Aware behavior:

  • Automated governance safely secures Cloud interactions, hides Cloud complexity, and streamlines processes
  • DevOps tooling delivers an on-demand, self-service environment enabling rapid iteration and effective collaboration
  • Multi-tenant platform reduces resource footprint and enables new business models
  • On-demand self service streamlines processes and reduces time to market
  • Elastic scalability broadens solution reach across the Long Tail of application demand (high volume and low volume scenarios)
  • Service-aware load balancing creates a service-oriented environment that efficiently balances resources with demand
  • Cartridge extensions transform legacy servers into Cloud-aware platforms

 

Learn more about Cloud-Native Platform as a Service.   Read more about multi-tenant platform advantage and how to select a Cloud Platform.

 

DevopsDevOps for Developers

DevOps principles and practices bridge the divide between solution development and run-time operations to deliver projects faster and with higher quality.  WSO2’s DevOps for Developers perspective automates deployment and also offers:

  • Complete lifecycle automation guides projects from inception through development, test, production deployment, maintenance, and retirement
  • Collaboration oriented environment eliminates communication gaps
  • Project workspaces and dashboards communicate project status, usage, and deployment footprint to all stakeholders
  • Continuous delivery fosters responsive iterations and faster time to market

 

Learn more about DevOps PaaS capabilities, and read more about how WSO2 integrates DevOps with ALM in the Cloud

 

Open Source Initiative LogoOpen Source Value

Open Open source is embedded in every infrastructure product (even proprietary offerings).  Being based on 100% Open Source, WSO2 products and platforms deliver:

  • Rapid Innovation by integrating Apache open source projects (e.g. Cassandra,  Hadoop, Tomcat) used by FaceBook, Google, Yahoo, and IBM
  • Affordability by and passing on development savings gained by working with the community
  • Visibility into how the products operation under the hood
  • Flexibility in configuring and extending the open source code to meet your use cases and requirements

 

Read more about how WSO2’s entire corporate approach follows the Apache Way and delivers Open Source Value to you.

WSO2 App Factory

DevOps PaaS delivers at the speed of business demand

High performance IT teams move at the speed of business. They rapidly deliver high quality software solutions that enable business penetration into new markets, create innovative products, and improve customer experience and retention.  Unfortunately, most IT teams do not have an environment fostering the rapid iteration, streamlined workflow, and effective collaboration required to operate at the speed of now and capture business opportunity. Disconnected tooling, static environment deployment, and heavyweight governance across development and operations often impede rapid software cycles, minimize delivery visibility, and prohibit innovative experimentation.

A new, more responsive IT model is required.

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Reducing Integration Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

If you run IBM WebSphere ESB or Oracle SOA Suite, you can reduce your Integration Total Cost of Ownership by choosing an alternative with a significantly better value proposition.  Red Hat Fuse or WSO2 ESB will save your project sponsor millions of dollars over a three year period (see summary table below).

By decreasing spend on integration middleware, you may free up enough capital to invest in mobile, API management, or analytics without increasing IT spend.

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Apache Stratos brings Cloud-Native PaaS to Apache

WSO2 has proposed the Apache Stratos project at the Apache Foundation.

Apache Foundation

Apache Stratos will be a polyglot PaaS framework, providing developers a cloud-native environment for developing, testing, and running scalable applications.  With Apache Stratos, IT providers will gain high utilization rates, automated resource management, and platform-wide insight including monitoring and billing.

Apache is the obvious choice for a project that already embodies Apache values and is driven by developers who are committers on many other Apache projects.  By donating the project to Apache, WSO2 desires to attract open community members from the following constituencies:

  • Organizations adopting Private PaaS deployment within an enterprise and accelerating enterprise application deployment.
  • PaaS providers relying on a PaaS framework to build a PaaS that is customized to their particular vertical industry, ecosystem, or internal development processes.
  • SaaS providers requiring a widely-deployed and supported elastic, multi-tenant Cloud-native platform.
  • ISPs offering hosted application services with higher resource utilization capabilities than provided by IaaS layers.
  • IaaS vendors providing higher-level PaaS services to their customers.
  • Analytics, data, integration, and application server vendors adding cloud capabilities to their products through Stratos Cartridges.

The proposed committer list includes individuals from SUSE, Citrix, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), Sungard, and EngineYard.   Join the Apache Stratos community, participate in extending the 100% Open Source PaaS framework, and create a Cloud-Native fabric.

Apache Stratos

Figure 1.0: Apache Stratos Architecture

Recommended Reading

Apache Stratos Proposal

WSO2 Stratos Product Page

 

 

 

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Open Source Business Conference Impressions

At Open Source Business Conference 2013, conversations on innovation, disruption, and open source leadership dominated the sessions.  The conference chair, Matt Assay, crafted a program where each presentation and conversation reinforced how traditional business strategies are being disrupted by new market dynamics.   The dynamics are shifting power away from closed, proprietary corporate leadership towards open collaboration and user-led innovation.  The shift is disrupting traditional business strategies, IT operation practices, and market dominance.

 

Open Source startups (e.g. HortonWorks, 10gen, Appcelerator, GitHub, Netflix, SUSE, and WSO2) are leading their respective technology domains by encouraging open collaboration, micro-iterations, and user-led innovation.

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Open Source Community Participation

I wonder why more open source users do not actively participate in the open source community and become committers or contributors.  My open source participation led to a cost efficient and adaptable infrastructure for my company, and useful trade experience skills on my resume.  My open source contributions established a professional network of mentors and improved my understanding of the project.   Becoming an open source committer enhanced by personal brand, increased business opportunities, and filled important open source project gaps.

Interacting with open source community committers and recommending source code hacks is a valuable experience.   During 2001-2003, I had the opportunity to interact with many hard-core, professional open source luminaries (e.g. Sam Ruby, James Snell, Glenn Daniels, Dims, Steve Loughran, and Sanjiva Weerawarana) across multiple organizations while participating in the Apache Axis project.  I watched the distributed Axis team advance the project via IRC, code check-ins, and mailing list interactions.  After understanding the project’s capabilities and roadmap (by writing many sample code service clients and providers), I gained the knowledge to start directly hacking the source code and contributing useful extensions.   My everlasting thanks to Glenn Daniels for nominating me to be a committer!  The open source community and committer experience established my open source street creds, raised my personal brand,  led to presenting from the OSCON stage (and others), and helped build my consulting business.

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Built on Apache Open Source Foundation

WSO2 Carbon application platform is built on a solid Apache Open Source Foundation.  Apache Open Source delivers innovative components and an extensive ecosystem of developers, educational resources, and committers.  Apache projects often surpass proprietary platform vendor offerings, and lead Apache project sponsors (e.g. Google, Twitter, Yahoo, Huawei, AMD) run their Internet scale business on open source project code.

When development teams adopt Apache open source projects, the teams undertake a challenging platform development task list:

  • Integrate Apache projects into the application platform
  • Synchronize project dependencies and versions
  • Maintain build repository and configuration scripts
  • Patch project codebase to fix defects
  • Upgrade projects and obtain new features

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