Open Source

The OpenAPI Specification at Cloud Expo Europe

April 14th, 2016 |

The Open API Initiative is still a very new organization, and it’s great to get the opportunity to talk to new audiences about it. Thanks to the OW2 consortium’s kind invitation, we got the chance to do that in two sessions at Cloud Expo Europe this week.

The first was a presentation on the Open API Initiative itself and a first taste of what is being worked on for the new version of the specification. The second was an excellent panel on the role of open source and open standards in cloud with Alan Sill (President, Open Grid Forum President), Cedric Thomas (CEO, OW2), and Marc Dutoo (OCCIware Project Leader). The panel covered some great topics including the role of open source vs. the role of open standards, and what organizations should think about when considering standards adoption.

The discussion reinforced how important the combination of open source and open standards has been in enabling innovat…

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Hybrid API Management Architectures Done Right

July 30th, 2015 |

At 3scale we’ve always been fairly opinionated about the right way to architect API Management, and since founding have had a hybrid architecture at our core. So with Apigee today announcing an architecture with some similarities we figured it would be a good time to talk about those choices and why they matter.

API management in essence is about control and visibility of API traffic. In other words, it is knowing what is flowing through API pipes and making sure it is:

  • A) the traffic you want
  • B) doing the right thing

This involves all sorts of issues from security and identity to performance, uptime and fulfillment of business goals.


When architecting 3scale, we saw the same concern over and over again: API traffic should be deliverable from many locations, over different technology stacks and with different delivery needs but it needs a consistent, uniform ma…

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3scale Welcomes AWS to API Mangagement Field

July 10th, 2015 |

AWS Closed-Source, Proprietary Offer Reinforces Import of APIs to Today’s IT; 3scale Continues to Support AWS Users with Open Source Solution To Be Used Across All Platforms

Today our partner AWS announced its own API Gateway. We are pleased to see industry giants joining the pioneers in enabling an API driven web.

We offer an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) that allows the quick and easy use of Amazon web services for integration with 3scale. We open source an Nginx API gateway as our option for customers who don’t want to be locked into a proprietary, closed source option that limits use case flexibility.

With the 3scale AMI there is no need to maintain your own server infrastructure, and configuration can be easily replicated for testing, versioning and load balancing across multiple IT environments.

Overall, Amazon’s API Gateway announcement shows how important APIs and API Management have become. It’s great to see they …

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Open Sourcing The UN Data API

April 29th, 2014 |

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We are excited to announce that we have open-sourced our UN Data API.

We built this API for a few reasons. First, to make the data more easily accessible – the UN has a lot of interesting and useful data and we thought developers should be able to access it (read on for more detail on what’s included in the data).  It was also an opportunity to provide an example implementation of a RESTful API for those interested in learning more. We hope  putting the…

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3scale Launches New Open Source API Proxy to Make It Faster, Better, Cheaper for Enterprises to Open & Manage APIs

November 15th, 2012 |

3scale’s New API Management Offering Provides Enterprises With Best-in-Class API Management Solution for Both On-Premise and Cloud Operations

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – 3scale (, the fastest growing provider of SaaS API Management solutions and services, today announced the launch of a new open source API proxy providing enterprises with high performance on premise and cloud API traffic management.

Built on the highly acclaimed NGINX Web Server technology, the new 3scale open source API Proxy combined with 3scale’s out-of-the box API Management solution satisfies the pressing business and technical needs of API providers to:

  • Easily (and securely) open and manage APIs,
  • Launch APIs with the fastest time-to-market,
  • Keep control on their API architecture and,
  • Use proven technol…

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3scale: New High Performance Open Source API Proxy

November 15th, 2012 |

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