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NGINX: A Radically Different Approach to API Management

2020-07-02 KENNETH 0

NGINX: A Radically Different Approach to API Management The rise of the API economy has enabled organizations to deliver increasingly responsive and customized experiences, helping them meet consumer expectations, cut costs, and improve their overall efficiency. At the same time, the flexibility and speed that makes APIs so valuable has made API management (APIM) more critical than ever to companies that hope to capitalize on all the potential benefits of APIs. Companies seem to recognize the need for effective APIM, too – according to MarketsandMarket, the APIM market will grow to $5.1 billion by 2023, a 425% increase from 2018’s $1.2 billion. The Great Promise of APIs To understand why effective API management is so crucial, consider the advantages that have led to the proliferation of APIs. They help businesses: Integrate internal systems to break down silos. APIs enable companies to unlock essential data and assets [ more… ]

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Achieving PCI DSS Compliance with NGINX App Protect

2020-07-01 KENNETH 0

Achieving PCI DSS Compliance with NGINX App Protect Digital transformation has changed the security landscape. Traditional digital security no longer exists as organizations transition from monolithic applications to cloud‑native microservices architectures to increase business agility. Because microservices communicate over the network, modern websites and web applications are more vulnerable to cyberattacks than monoliths and have become one of the easiest ways to compromise the networks of companies of all sizes. Organizations need to find the right balance between security and agility. The credit card industry continues to be a frequent target for cyberattacks. This blog discusses the specific security and compliance challenges that enterprises face when they handle credit card transactions, and how technologies like a web application firewall (WAF), and NGINX App Protect in particular, help them meet regulatory requirements. PCI DSS Compliance Is Critical to Today’s Modern Applications [ more… ]

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From Monolith to Microservices: A Basic Guide to Breaking Silos with NGINX

2020-06-27 KENNETH 0

From Monolith to Microservices: A Basic Guide to Breaking Silos with NGINX Monolithic applications are the backbone of most large organizations. While they drive stable streams of revenue that are critical to keeping businesses running, they are often tied to complex processes and platforms for development, release management, and project management. As a result, these blocks of monolithic system functionality – or silos – represent one of the biggest pain points facing enterprises today. In this post, we share expert advice from Carlos Ponce, former Product Owner at ThermoFisher, on the benefits of breaking away from monolithic applications and the basic steps for transitioning towards microservices with NGINX. Enterprise Monoliths Impede Modern Development As development teams struggle to keep pace with new technology and consumer expectations, monolithic systems have become barriers to innovation and generation of new revenues. “Traditional organizations tend to maintain [ more… ]

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Rising Open Source Software Vulnerabilities Require a Modern WAF

2020-06-22 KENNETH 0

Rising Open Source Software Vulnerabilities Require a Modern WAF Today, security has become a crucial part of the development, deployment, and delivery of web applications. We deliver our applications with an ever-increasing velocity that allows us to stay competitive. In a constant process of transformation, we adopt new technologies and methodologies in order to stay agile – often including the latest and greatest open source tooling, components, and application stacks. This velocity enables us to provide what our customers want and need from our applications, but what are the risks of such fast-paced innovation? The Rise of Open Source Vulnerabilities RiskSense, a vulnerability management firm based in Silicon Valley, recently published a study titled “The Dark Reality of Open Source”. The goal was to identify the threats to application security that come from open source products. Alarmingly, the number of [ more… ]

Choosing the Right API Gateway Pattern for Effective API Delivery

2020-06-17 KENNETH 0

Choosing the Right API Gateway Pattern for Effective API Delivery The ProgrammableWeb directory of APIs has been tracking externally available APIs since 2005, and the count passed the 22,000 mark in June 2019. The number of published APIs increased by nearly 60% in the 4 years leading up to that date, demonstrating that the API economy is not only growing strong – it’s here to stay. APIs are core to many businesses, delivering enormous value and revenue. Now, more than ever, IT organizations need a way to manage and control access to their APIs if they want to stay ahead of the curve. The Importance of API Management As organizations have started to transition away from monolithic applications towards microservices‑based apps, they have also realized that APIs not only facilitate efficient digital communication, but can also be a source of new revenue. For example, Salesforce.com generates [ more… ]