May 25, 2011
A month or so ago I moderated an interesting roundtable on focus.com that looked at the API Economy. Along with panelists Sam Ramji from Apigee, Mike Maney from Alcatel-Lucent and Delyn Simons from Mashery, we talked a bunch about the API economy, the risks and rewards and where the value lies within API marketplaces. If you haven’t heard the roundtable – you can do so here.
Off the back of that conversation I was approached by 3scale, another API management provider. 3scale wanted to have a discussion around what they see as some issues around API management and in particular the flexibility that they believe customers really want.
The crux of the 3scale argument rests in the fact that, whereas other vendors approach API management with a proxy, taking all traffic from the API provider through their own platform, 3scale is a proxy-less player. What this means is that API providers integrate with 3scale using plugins based on 3scale’s own API. In this way 3scale believes that they deliver more flexibility and scalability than other API management platforms.
That’s a valid argument, and one which 3scale could use against their competitors. Until today….
You see yesterday Apigee announced some changes that answer all the concerns about a proxy service. As detailed on ReadWriteWeb, the API Delivery Network solves issues about both response time and availability – while still maintaining the advantages of a proxy service. Apigee is promising;
- A decreased API response time by 10X
- Improvement in API reliability and consistency by increasing the infrastructure availability to 99.99%
- Better scalability at a much lower cost
Steven Willmot, from 3scale raised some concerns about traffic still going through Apigee’s infrastructure for 100% of clients content – that seems a little bot of a red herring coming from a company that, after all, is all about abstracting non-core functions away from organizations.
Anyway – I took the opportunity to sit down and interview Sam Ramji from Apigee about the announcement – see the vid below;