Red Hat recently announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 3scale, a provider of application programming interface (API) management technology. By adding 3scale to its existing portfolio, including Red Hat JBoss Middleware, Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Mobile Application Platform, Red Hat hopes to strengthen its enablement of the API economy with simplified cloud integration and microservices-based architectures.
Craig Muzilla, Senior Vice President, Application Platform Business, at Red Hat had this to say:
3scale complements our existing middleware product portfolio and Red Hat OpenShift by enabling companies to create and publish APIs with tools such as Red Hat JBoss Fuse, and then manage and drive adoption of those APIs once they have been published.
In an era of digital transformation, agile development practices, and hybrid technology footprints, the API economy has become the norm. Forrester has estimated that 40 percent of U.S. companies will have API management solutions in 2020, spending $660 million in that year. Managed APIs are becoming strategic in the enterprise because they enable organizations to rapidly deliver new services that are easy to consume yet secure, scalable, and reliable, as well as enabling services (as APIs) to be monetized as products. Emerging architectures that decompose functionality into ever more finely-grained components--”microservices”--driven by mobile, the Internet of Things (IoT), and other trends, have further heightened the need for API management.
3scale was founded in 2007 with a goal of enabling organizations of all sizes to create, manage, and use APIs in a Web-enabled world where APIs became paramount. Today, 3scale offers a hybrid cloud based API management platform, which separates the cloud management layer from the API gateway.
3scale and Red Hat began partnering in early 2015 to deliver a comprehensive platform for API-based application development. The joint solution combined the 3scale API Management Platform with technologies from Red Hat to provide an API-centric development, deployment, and management offering designed to accelerate application time-to-market.