As reported by GigaOM, CA is buying Layer 7 for API management and governance capabilities. This portion of the cloud computing space is on fire right now.
“The management and quality control of application programming interfaces or APIs is hot now. That’s why CA Technologies is acquiring Layer 7 in a deal announced Monday, just days after Intel announced plans to by Mashery, another API management player. Mulesoft, another API management player, just snagged $37 million in Series E venture funding, bringing its total to $81 million.”
I already pointed out that cloud computing management and governance are critical to the success of cloud computing. Keep in mind:
When assessing cloud management you should consider the following capabilities:
- Availability monitoring, including alerts for system and/or component outages.
- Cost monitoring, including alerts for components that cost more than expected.
- Performance monitoring, including monitoring performance and adding or reducing the number of resources on-line.
- Service monitoring, including the governance of all APIs (Web services, typically), either for consumption by external systems, or APIs that are being consumed by the system in our cloud.
The service governance piece is typically the hardest problem to solve. However, for years, service governance technology providers such as Layer 7 have done a good job of providing solutions to this problem. CA saw that, and now Layer 7 will evidentially be be part of that portfolio.