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Real-Time APIs: Trends and Adoption

2019-12-13 KENNETH 0

Real-Time APIs: Trends and Adoption In our previous blog, How Real‑Time APIs Power Our Lives, we showed how APIs, while largely unknown to the average consumer, have become an integral part of our daily lives online. From a business perspective, APIs play a pivotal role in digital transformation, which industry analyst IDC believes companies must achieve soon if they hope simply to survive, let alone compete, in today’s rapidly changing business landscape. Despite the importance of digital transformation, IDC notes in its recent survey, APIs – The Determining Agents Between Success or Failure of Digital Business, that a full 25% of companies haven’t committed to completing their digital transformation within the next decade. Modernization for the Many, Not the Few APIs are not relevant only to technology companies, either. According to the IDC survey, the majority of companies in many verticals already [ more… ]

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Announcing NGINX Plus R20

2019-12-03 KENNETH 0

Announcing NGINX Plus R20 We are pleased to announce that NGINX Plus Release 20 (R20) is now available. NGINX Plus is the only all-in-one load balancer, content cache, web server, and API gateway. Based on NGINX Open Source, NGINX Plus includes exclusive enhanced features and award‑winning support. NGINX Plus R20 builds on the enhancements we made to rate limiting and the key‑value store in R19. New features include: Real‑time monitoring and logging of rate‑limited traffic – When rate limiting is configured, the NGINX Plus API now reports how many requests are passed immediately, delayed, or rejected. You can also configure the access log to include information about the rate‑limited status of individual requests. Enhancements to connection limiting – The enhancements to rate limiting introduced the R19 and this release have been extended to connection limiting. Prefix matching in the key‑value store – Keys in the key‑value [ more… ]

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Using NGINX as a DoT or DoH Gateway

2019-11-26 KENNETH 0

Using NGINX as a DoT or DoH Gateway There’s a lot of talk surrounding the Domain Name System (DNS) at the moment, with massive changes being proposed for the 36-year-old protocol. The Internet’s name service, which has its origins in ARPANET, has never had any backward compatible breakages since its inception. But new proposals to change the DNS transport mechanism may be about to change that. In this post I look at two emerging technologies for securing DNS, DNS over TLS (DoT) and DNS over HTTPS (DoH), and show how to implement them using NGINX Open Source and NGINX Plus. The History of DNS DNS was the second attempt at creating a naming service for the Advanced Research Project Agency’s (ARPA) early Internet, the first being the Internet Name Server protocol published by John Postel in 1979 as IEN-116. DNS was designed [ more… ]

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How Real-Time APIs Power Our Lives

2019-11-23 KENNETH 0

How Real-Time APIs Power Our Lives The other day I went to dinner and it made me appreciate the need for fast application programming interfaces (APIs). Confused? Let me explain. To get to dinner I used an app to hail a car from my smartphone. Most of us are familiar with this routine – you open the app, enter your destination, get a ride, step out of the car when you arrive, and pay for your trip automatically using the credit card on file. While you’re waiting for the driver to pick you up, the map updates in real time to indicate the location of the car on approach. But on that day, the app did not update the map. I waited five increasingly uncomfortable minutes, not knowing if a driver was on the way or had even accepted my request. [ more… ]

Tapping NGINX for AI-Powered Insight into API Traffic

2019-11-20 KENNETH 0

Tapping NGINX for AI-Powered Insight into API Traffic New insights into your API traffic are made available by leveraging data science and applying machine learning to data derived from your API traffic. To obtain such data, you need to tap into the network or obtain metadata indirectly from a source that has visibility into the API traffic, such as a gateway or load balancer. Today, many organizations complain about a lack of visibility into all of their API traffic. APIs are published to different environments, often using different stacks with different technologies. Some APIs bypass API governance systems and practices altogether – rogue APIs. In other cases, APIs evolve and leave behind old forgotten versions that are still running and fall off the organization’s radar. These situations, singly or in combination, lead to visibility that is disjointed and has gaps. The [ more… ]