Between Cloud, Mobility and the Enterprise is the API Middle Ground

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I’ll be attending MobileWeek 2014 in New York City next Monday, April 13. I’m at the conference all day, so drop by and say hello. Part way through the day I’ll  deliver a 2-minute lightning talk on mobile authentication followed … Continue reading →
Two years ago a paper appeared with the provocative title “The Most Dangerous Code in the World.” Its subject? SSL, the foundation for secure e-commerce. The world’s most dangerous software, it turns out, is a technology we all use on … Continue reading →
Despite all our advances in communications—from social networking, to blogs, to actual functional video meetings—the trade conference is still a necessity. Maybe not as much for the content, which makes the rounds pretty fast regardless of whether you attend the … Continue readin...
Recently I wrote about the excitement I feel working within CA. This company is full of talented people, and when you draw on their capabilities, amazing stuff happens. Here in R&D we have some innovative solutions underway that are a … Continue reading →
Has it really been one whole year since my last post? I suspected I was near that milestone, but it’s still surprising to discover it has been so long. Blogs have a natural ebb and flow, governed by the irregular rhythms of the day job. But this was a pretty big ebb—maybe more accurate...
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 is starting next week and cloud computing is on the agenda. You can be sure that a technology has moved out of the hype cycle and into everyday use when it shows up at … Continue reading →
Sometimes I wonder if anyone, in the entire history of computing, has every bothered to read and consider the contents of a typical End User License Agreement (EULA). Some Product Manager, I suppose (though truthfully, I’m not even sure of this one). The EULA, however, is important....
Join me and Tyson Whitten from CA Technologies as we deliver a webinar about security in the BYOD world. The title of our talk is Identity and BYOD, and we are honored to be presenting as part of the International … Continue reading →
Yesterday, Apple launched the iPad mini. Apple events in the fall of 2012 may no longer command the social anticipation of only a few years ago, but they remain flash points for technology reporting. This release brought on more than … Continue reading →
That sound of a door slamming last week was Eran Hammer storming out of the OAuth standardization process, declaring once and for all that the technology was dead, and that he would no longer be a part of it. Tantrums … Continue reading →
Quick question for you: What matters most, the client or the server? Answer: Neither—they are really only useful as a whole. A client without a server is usually little more than an non-functional wire frame, and a server without a … Continue reading →
Everyone wants his or her government to be better. We want more services, better services, and we want it delivered cheaper. Politicians come and go, policies change, new budgets are tabled, but in the end we are left with a haunting and largely unanswerable question: are things better...
On May 15-16 2012, I will be at the Privacy Identity Innovation (pii2012) conference held at the Bell Harbour International Conference Center in Seattle. I will be participating on a panel moderated by Eve Maler from Forrester, titled Privacy, Zero … Continue reading →
We have worked with many APIs here at Layer 7. And over time we’ve seen it all, ranging from the good to the bad. We even see the downright ugly. Now a good API is a beautiful thing; it encourages innovation, abstracts appropriately, and is designed with enough forethought that nobody ...
It’s about developers again. Everything in technology goes through cycles. If you stick around long enough, you begin to see patterns emerge with an almost predictable regularity. I actually find this comforting; it suggests we’re on a path of refinement … Continue re...
I’m off to London for QCon 2012, the 6th International Software Development Conference. I am one of the track chairs for this meeting. I’ve just learned that the show is now sold out, but there is a wait list if … Continue reading →
This fall, the Professional and Continuing Education division at the University of Washington is introducing a new certificate program in cloud computing. It consists of three consecutive courses taken on Monday nights throughout the fall, winter and spring terms. In … Continue r...
It has been quite a week for SOA. First, TheServerSide published a presentation delivered at their recent Java conference by Rod Johnson from VMware in which he essentially accused SOA of being a fad. Normally this is the kind of … Continue reading →
“If your tools don’t work for you, get rid of them,” is a simple creed I learned from my father in the workshop. Over the years, I have found it is just as relevant when applied to software, where virtual … Continue reading →
“Live Fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse” was first uttered by actor John Derek in Knock on any Door,a 1949 film also staring Humphrey Bogart. This irresistible catchphrase has inspired generations of rebels from film to music to … Continue reading ͛...
I’ll be delivering a presentation at TMForum Management World on Wednesday, May 25, 2001 in Dublin, Ireland. My talk is the second presentation in the Carrier Grade Cloud: Secure, Robust and Billable session. I’m scheduled to speak between 5pm and 5:30, which makes it a perfect way to ...
Hot on the heels of Amazon Web Service’s prolonged outage late last month, Bloomberg has revealed that hackers used AWS as a launch pad for their high profile attack against Sony. In a thousand blogs and a million tweets, the Internets have been set abuzz with attention-seeking specula...
What is the cloud, really? Never before have we had a technology that suffers so greatly from such a completely ambiguous name. Gartner Research VP Paolo Malinverno has observed that most organizations define cloud as any application operating outside their own data centre. This is pro...
I’ll be at the TMForum Management World show this May 23-26, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland to participate in the catalyst demonstrating cloud network elasticity, which is sponsored by Deutsche Telekom and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. For those of you … Continue reading ...
Mention VMware to anyone in IT and their immediate thought is virtualization. So dominant is the company in this space that the very word VM has a sense of ambiguity about it: does it refer specifically to a vmdk, or another hypervisor image like Xen? As with Kool-Aid and Band-Aid, the...
Amazon Web Services crashed spectacularly, and with it the illusion that cloud is reliable-by-design and ready for mission-critical applications. Now everyone knows that cloud SLAs fade like the phosphor glow in a monitor when someone pulls the plug from the wall. Amazon’s failure is a...
Hype cycles may be a largely a marketing construct, but it’s easy to forget that a lot of important engineering work gets done in the heady days of an emerging technology. I was reminded of this today when I noticed … Continue reading →
Iron Mountain, the well known information management company, is exiting the cloud storage business. The company announced yesterday that they will be phasing out their basic cloud storage services by 2013. Iron Mountain isn’t the first provider to turn its … Continue readi...
The Register today published an excellent summary of the latest issues with SSL. In the typically blunt and mordant style for which the publication is so famous, Dan Goodin illustrates how the gossamer-thin SSL web of trust is built on … Continue reading →
The US Customs and Immigration station at Point Roberts is a small building set on the edge of the coastal rainforest of Washington State. It is the last customs station in a vast western chain strung out along the 49 … Continue reading →
Sometimes I joke that as my kids grow up they won’t see clouds, they’ll just see air—meaning of course that their use of cloud-based services will become so ubiquitous as to make the cloud moniker largely unnecessary. What we so enthusiastically label cloud will just be the way everyon...
On March 21, 2011 Steve Coplan, Security Analyst from the 451 Group and I will present a webinar describing strategies CIOs and enterprise architects can  implement to create a unified security architecture between on-premise IT and the cloud. I have … Continue reading →
Promotion is a problem faced by every API developer. Long nights of coding have given form to the stroke of genius you had six months ago in the cafe. You’ve just written the API that will serve as the front door into your application. But how do you document this so that your peers wi...
I’m pleased to announce that Layer 7 has joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) as a full corporate member. For the past several years, the CSA has assumed the leadership role in defining the best practices to secure cloud applications, … Continue reading →
Last December, William Vambenepe posted a provocative blog entry about RESTful APIs in the cloud. In it, he states that Amazon proves that REST doesn’t matter for Cloud APIs. Writing over at InfoQ, Mark Little re-ignited the controversy in his … Continue reading →
I spoke recently with Robyn Weisman from Processor Magazine about the basics of virtualization. This is one of those terms that everyone in the computing industry uses, but very often with different meanings. Her article is now available in the … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
I’m not sure who is more excited about the cloud these days: hackers or venture capitalists. But certainly both groups smell opportunity. An interesting article published by CNET a little while back nicely illustrates the growing interest the former have with cloud computing. Fortify S...
The SERPLand blog talks about Layer 7 deployment as a load balancer in front of Oracle’s OSB product. We introduced a fully integrated OSB+SecureSpan appliance a couple of year’s ago for customers who want an easy way to deploy OSB … Continue reading →
Scott Adams nails it once again: From January 7, 2011 Dilbert.