Mashery Non-Cloud Option Could Mean Even More APIs

Kin Lane, October 25th, 2011

Mashery has expanded its API management solution to operate on-premise, within your company’s firewall, with a new offering dubbed Mashery Local. Until recently, providers could only deploy Mashery’s API traffic management tools in the cloud.  With the new Mashery Local customers has more flexibility, which could see more APIs from larger enterprises.

Some APIs are better routed in the cloud for speed and distribution, while other APIs may come with greater security concerns, or maybe IT departments just aren’t comfortable letting sensitive corporate data out of the firewall just yet, but could really use better traffic control and reporting. Either way, Mashery (a ProgrammableWeb sponsor) lets these companies choose exactly where and how to deploy its API management.

Even though your data can flow behind your firewall or in the cloud using Mashery Local and Mashery Cloud, both are configured and managed through a single dashboard called Mashery API Control Center. Mashery API Control Center lets you manage all your APIs from one place allowing you to set rate limits, quotas, define partner access levels and deliver APIs in the way you define. Having all control in one dashboard allows you to provision and scale as needed, while providing insight and reporting into all aspects of your API operations, behind the firewall and in the cloud.

“With Mashery API Control Center, businesses can govern access policies, measure results, and optimize performance—all from one, simple-to-use interface that lets them maximize the benefits of both Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and traditional installed software,” Mashery CEO Oren Michels said.

In addition to on-premise and cloud support for API traffic management, Mashery provides its distribution network for scaling and distributing your API across its global PCI-Compliant platform, reporting and analytics delivering insight into operations, and a partner portal for on-boarding developers and managing a community around each API.

Mashery is clearly responding to market pressure from corporate and enterprise IT allowing companies to securely manage their APIs within the firewall, while also making sure Mashery sizes up to its primary competitor Apigee, who has had an on-premise solution for some time now.

While the cloud is the obvious, hip choice with startups, many established enterprises prefer to keep it local. With options to go on-premise, these companies are more likely to open their APIs because they’ll have some control over the data that is shared. The era of more traditional companies sharing APIs is certainly on its way, with non-cloud solutions being one of the factors that will help drive the growth.

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