Akana Boosts DevOps, Automation and Security for API Management; Focus on Mobile and IoT

In a sign that APIs are driving wider aspects of enterprise architecture, Akana Inc. has integrated capabilities for DevOps automation and enterprise-class identity management into its API management platform.

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In a sign that APIs are driving wider aspects of enterprise architecture, Akana Inc. has integrated capabilities for DevOps automation and enterprise-class identity management into its API management platform.

 

Akana Lifecycle Manager now integrates with continuous integration (CI) platforms such as Jenkins and TeamCity. This new integration allows developers to combine CI with automated provisioning of API portals via Akana’s Community Manager. In addition, it can automate updates to key API-related content, such as definitions, documentation and even licensing models.

 

"APIs have fast become the de-facto standard for digital enterprises to connect applications and services with digital end-points like mobile apps and [the Internet of Things],” Brent Carlson, Akana’s senior vice president for technology, said in a statement.

 

Akana supports widely used API descriptor document types, including RAML (RESTful API Modeling Language), WADL (Web Application Description Language), Swagger and WSDL (Web Service Definition Language). 

 

In addition, the Akana Lifecycle Manager's AnySource Asset Adapter (ASAA) can source API content from multiple software configuration managers (SCMs), including GitHub, Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) and IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC).

 

Beyond DevOps, Akana has also integrated its API management platform with Ping Identity Corp’s federated identity management and single sign-on solutions.

 

The Akana-Ping Identity integration enables enterprises to extend identity and access management (IAM) to APIs, apps and even developers from the Akana platform.

 

This IAM integration spans all components of the Akana API suite, and specifically means:

  • IAM users can log into the Akana Community Manager Developer Portal
  • The Akana API Gateway can authenticate API calls made by apps used by IAM users
  • Resource authorizations can be controlled by the Akana OAuth Server or by an enterprise's IAM solution via the Akana API Gateway.  The Akana OAuth Server provides OAuth security for APIs, but providing an enterprise authentication and authorization solution (a security token server) that integrates with enterprise IAM

Under the covers, this Akana-Ping integration supports standards-based interfaces and tokens, including OpenID Connect, JSON Web Token (JWT), and SAML (Security Asset Markup Language).

 

These any-to-any integrations broaden the reach and deepen the security of the Akana platform's API lifecycle automation, from development through publication, documentation, update and retirement, Akana’s EVP Roberto Medrano explained in a statement. They also enable Akana customers "to offer their end-users a truly seamless and secured experience across all their digital channels,” he added.




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