Layer 7 to be Merged with SiteMinder

| by Jonathan Allen Follow 324 Followers on Apr 22, 2013. Estimated reading time: 1 minute |

A note to our readers: As per your request we have developed a set of features that allow you to reduce the noise, while not losing sight of anything that is important. Get email and web notifications by choosing the topics you are interested in.

Layer 7 Technologies has just been acquired by CA Technologies for the purpose of augmenting CA SiteMinder with Layer 7’s API Management & Security Suite. Layer 7 specializes in adding “access, security, SLA and management features” to existing service APIs. Here is a rundown of the core product line.

Layer 7 XML Gateways

The XML Gateways product is used to transform service requests between SOAP, XML/REST, and XML/JSON formats. It can firewall APIs and offers some defense against denial of service attacks via request throttling. On the security side it has “full SAML Web services profile support” as well as OAuth and the various WS-* protocols.

The purpose of this product is to remove concerns such as security and metrics from the application itself. Correctly implementing these can be downright difficult, and even when they are done successfully there is no guarantee the work can be reused in other services. By moving it to the gateway, the developer ensures a consistent interface for the production support team to work with.

API Portal

Once the Service APIs are created, developers need an easy way to find them and learn how to use them correctly. In theory this could just be a web site with some basic documentation, but some companies may wish to have a more comprehensive solution.

The API Portal is essentially a turn-key solution for exposing service APIs to both internal and external developers. Features include:

  • Developer organization sign-up
  • Application registration
  • Discussion forums, integrated messaging, FAQs, issue resolution etc.
  • A place to store API documentation, sample code/applications etc., complete with versioning
  • OAuth compatible API key management
  • API Analytics such as Utilization Rates, Latency, Error Rates, Availability, etc.

Everything here could be assembled from other products and open source projects, but there is arguably an advantage to having everything integrated into one system.

API Service Manager

The API Service Manager builds upon the Gateway product to add monitoring tools that span the enterprise. In addition to their own gateways, a plug-in architecture allows metrics from third party gateways to be fed into this reporting and alert system.

CA SiteMinder

CA Technologies see these tools as filling an important gap in their SiteMinder product line. SiteMinder is essentially the website version of what Layer 7 is doing. It adds single sign-on capabilities to websites.

Rate this Article

Adoption Stage

Hello stranger!

You need to Register an InfoQ account or or login to post comments. But there's so much more behind being registered.

Get the most out of the InfoQ experience.

Tell us what you think

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p

Email me replies to any of my messages in this thread
Community comments

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p

Email me replies to any of my messages in this thread

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p

Email me replies to any of my messages in this thread


Login to InfoQ to interact with what matters most to you.

Recover your password...


Follow your favorite topics and editors

Quick overview of most important highlights in the industry and on the site.


More signal, less noise

Build your own feed by choosing topics you want to read about and editors you want to hear from.


Stay up-to-date

Set up your notifications and don't miss out on content that matters to you