Red Hat 3scale API Management

Looking up a hash table library for caching in the 3scale Istio adapter

Looking up a hash table library for caching in the 3scale Istio adapter

You have probably already heard about the service mesh concept and one of its leading implementations, Istio. In the 3scale engineering team at Red Hat, we are working on a component to extend the functionality of Istio (and Red Hat’s distribution, Maistra) by integrating some API Management features via the 3scale platform. In this article, I’ll describe this work and some of the decisions made along the way.

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Distributed microservices architecture: Istio, managed API gateways and, enterprise integration

Distributed microservices architecture: Istio, managed API gateways and, enterprise integration

The rise of microservices architectures drastically changed the software development landscape. In the past few years, we have seen a shift from centralized monoliths to distributed computing that benefits from cloud infrastructure. With distributed deployments, the adoption of microservices, and system scaling to cloud levels, new problems emerged, as well as new components that tried to solve the problems.

By now, you most likely have heard that the service mesh or Istio is here to save the day. However, you might be wondering how it fits with your current enterprise integration investments and API management initiatives. That is what I discuss in this article.

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Full API lifecycle management: A primer

Full API lifecycle management: A primer

APIs are the cornerstone of so many recent breakthroughs: from mobile applications, to the Internet of Things, to cloud computing. All those technologies expose, consume, and are built on APIs. And those APIs are a key driver for generating new revenue. Salesforce generates 50% of its revenue through APIs, Expedia generates 90% of its, and eBay generates 60% of its. With APIs becoming so central, it becomes essential to deal with full API lifecycle management. The success of your digital transformation project depends on it!

This article describes a set of full API lifecycle management activities that can guide you from an idea to the realization, from the inception of an API program up to management at scale throughout your whole company.

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Effortless API creation with full API lifecycle using Red Hat Integration (Part 1)

Effortless API creation with full API lifecycle using Red Hat Integration (Part 1)

Nowadays, API development with proper lifecycle management often takes days if not weeks to get a simple API service up and running. One of the main reasons behind this is there are always way too many parties involved in the process. Plus there are hours of development and configuration.

First, the system analysts negotiate the API interface with the API consumer; then the developer writes the actual API to implement the interface. They then pass the API on to the DevOps team that is in charge of deploying the API. And it is not done yet; then the deployment info needs to be passed to the operations team that is in charge of setting up the API endpoints in the management system and also applying the access policies.

The speed of providing managed API services can be one of the major factors in the success of a company’s business.

This article, which is the first in a series of three articles, describes how the new Red Hat Integration bundle allows citizen integrators to quickly provide an API through tools that make creating an API in five simple steps effortless.

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Integrating third-party identity providers with Red Hat 3scale API Management

Integrating third-party identity providers with Red Hat 3scale API Management

This post describes how to configure OpenID Connect (OIDC) authentication using an external Identity Provider (IdP). With the new release of Red Hat 3scale API Management, version 2.3, it is possible to use any OIDC-compliant IdP during the API authentication phase. This is a very important new feature because it makes it possible to integrate any IdP already present in your environment—without having to use an Identity Broker—thus reducing overall complexity.

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Adding API Gateway Policies Now Easier With Red Hat 3scale API Management

Adding API Gateway Policies Now Easier With Red Hat 3scale API Management

With the June 2018 release of Red Hat 3scale API Management 2.2, adding API Gateway policies to your API management layer is easier than ever.

What is a Policy?

Red Hat 3scale API Management provides units of functionality that modify the behavior of the API Gateway without the need to implement code. These management components are know in 3scale as policies. The configuration for the bundled policies is available from the API Manager Portal, where you can define the behavior of your API integration.

The order in which the policies are executed, known as the “policy chain”, can be configured to introduce differing behavior based on the position of the policy in the chain. Adding custom headers, perform URL rewriting, enable CORS, and configurable caching are some of the most common API gateway capabilities implemented as policies.

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3Scale by Red Hat Integration with ForgeRock using OpenID Connect

3Scale by Red Hat Integration with ForgeRock using OpenID Connect

In my last article, I wrote about how API Management and Identity Management can work together in a complementary fashion to secure and manage the services/endpoints which applications expose as APIs. In that article I covered how Red Hat 3scale API Management can be used to integrate an identity manager, in addition to providing API management functions such as rate limiting and throttling.

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3scale ActiveDocs and OAuth 2.0

3scale ActiveDocs and OAuth 2.0

This guide is designed to help you integrate your Red Hat Single Sign-On server with the OpenAPI (OAI)-based ActiveDocs in your 3scale developer portal. Although it has only been implemented with this particular Identity & Access Management solution (IAM), you could in theory make some customizations where necessary to integrate with another OpenID Connect-based solution.

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3scale by Red Hat API and Identity Management Series

3scale by Red Hat API and Identity Management Series

Today’s modern infrastructure faces the complex challenge of managing user’s access to the resources. To protect system and data integrity, companies have implemented identity and access management (IAM) solutions for their in-house systems. IAM solutions address three major concepts: identity, authentication, and authorization.  Their job is to ensure that only authenticated and authorized users have access to resources or information. Every IAM solution on the market provides a great set of features such as:

  • Single Sign-On (SSO)
  • Centralized policy-based authentication and authorization
  • Identity federation

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