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NTT Com to Launch API Gateway as a Service

June 22, 2017

NTT Communications Corp. next month will launch an API Gateway as a Service offering.

This solution was designed to help companies more easily manage APIs from multiple systems. NTT Com’s API Gateway as a Service will simplify rights management for controlling group access. It will assist organizations in connecting those APIs with external systems. And it will help prevent security risks such as distributed denial of service attacks.

This service will initially be compatible with Microsoft Azure and NTT Com’s  Enterprise Cloud and Hybrid Cloud. But the company plans to add support for other infrastructure as a service platforms in the future. NTT Com also says it will strengthen its collaboration with SaaS providers to expand the new API offering with optional services, such as billing and payments functions for digital businesses.

APIs have become central to how many organizations do business. As the importance and number of APIs grow, so does the need to build, ensure compliance for, and manage them.

In fact, the rise of the API has led to the creation of an entirely new product category known as API management. In addition to NTT Com, Accenture, Akana, Apigee, axway, CA Technologies, HP, IBM, Informatica, mashape, Mashery (an Intel company), Microsoft, MuleSoft, Oracle, Tibco, Torry Harris, WaveMaker, and WSO2 offer API management solutions.

“In the pre-API world, monetization was accomplished via long, drawn-out contractual processes, or data sharing agreements. In some instances, data was given away for free,” Tej Ravindra wrote in an Apigee blog in 2015. “APIs enable you to expose data and services securely, publish it to partners in a scalable manner, and, with a sophisticated API management platform, charge for usage, revenue-share with developers, and track billing in real time.”

NTT Com is not the only big service provider focusing on APIs. As we reported earlier this year, the Metro Ethernet Forum and the TM Forum have been working with AT&T, Colt, and Orange on a set of standard APIs for orchestrated Carrier Ethernet services.

“Our research shows that the No. 1 issue impeding the delivery of on-demand services is the need for a standardized approach to orchestrating services across multiple provider networks,” said Rosemary Cochran, principal at Vertical Systems Group. “This initiative, led by industry leaders to collaboratively standardize on APIs for Ethernet services, is an essential step toward tackling this challenge.”