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API Management Deployment Models

The CEO of competitor API Management provider Mashery recently mentioned a post I wrote discussing tradeoffs of infrastructure vs service based solutions when it comes to API management. Unintentionally, my original post has apparently hit a nerve.

Oren suggests that a “true” cloud solution can only be SaaS-based. While Amazon Web Services among others may take umbrage at that definition I am also a little confused by Oren’s statement since by most definitions Mashery is not a SaaS. Typically, a SaaS provides self-enrollment and self-service aspects. Mashery may let you manage your APIs in the cloud like Layer 7 or Apigee but it doesn’t do this without help from engagement consultants. In that way they are more akin to IBM than Salesforce.

In the end, our customers don’t get too caught up in cloud semantics. Some of our customers want to own a solution, others “rent”. Some want a solution in their datacenter, others on a public cloud. We understand that different deployment models are needed to accommodate different needs. If a cloud deployment is what you are after, try several vendors, verify what you get and compare each solution’s strenghts.


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As Layer 7’s Chief Architect, Francois Lascelles guides the solutions architecture team and aligns product evolution with field trends. Francois joined Layer 7 in the company’s infancy – contributing as the first developer and designing the foundation of Layer 7’s Gateway technology. Now in a field-facing role, Francois helps enterprise architects apply the latest standards and patterns. Francois is a regular blogger and speaker and is also co-author of Service-Oriented Infrastructure: On-Premise and in the Cloud, published by Prentice Hall. Francois holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal and a black belt in OAuth. Follow Francois on Twitter: @flascelles