Akana's API Lifecycle Manager with DevOps Automation to Accelerate API Delivery

By CIOReview | Tuesday, July 21, 2015
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LOS ANGELES, CA: DevOps is converging software development and IT operations within a consolidated workflow that combines continuous updating of applications that are in production. Changes to API definitions that result from new builds need to be distributed to the API Portal. The process requires an API owner to update the documentation. The changes to policy and API documentation are performed through manual processes that also require several IT and business leads throughout the activity. The manual intervention is said to influence the API lifecycle. 

Akana, a provider of API Management, API Security and Cloud Integration solution introduces Akana Lifecycle Manager that includes DevOps automation to the API lifecycle. The platform will bring the company's API management technology to the DevOps discipline to fast- pace the provisioning of APIs to developers and partners and to enhance the coordination of IT processes and business initiatives.

The updated resolution for DevOps automation comes with important features such as adoption with integration platforms such as Jenkins and TeamCity, arrangement for appropriate approvals to push updates to API Portal and API Gateway and support for standard API descriptor documents types-Swagger, RAML and WADL to reduce the time required to update API definitions and versions. The Lifecycle Manager can route the selected build output through appropriate approvals as per customer requirements. Once approval is granted (or automatically given based on configuration), it can automatically refresh the API definition and supporting productization content (e.g., detailed user documentation, updated licensing models for partner or end-user consumption, updated iconography) to the customer’s Community Manager-based API portal. In the DevOps context, developers can source API content from various Software Configuration Managers (SCMs) such as GitHub, Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) and IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) through the AnySource Asset Adapter (ASAA) content automation framework. The combination of Lifecycle Manager’s configurable process automation capabilities with Akana Community Manager’s set of REST APIs enables customers to eliminate the potential for human error during API publication and update.

DevOps teams will be able work faster in designing and developing APIs as well as managing them at runtime and publishing them to a portal, claims the company. “APIs have fast become the de-facto standard for digital enterprises to connect applications and services with digital end-points like mobile apps and internet-of-things, with this new capability, enterprises can deliver continuous innovation with speed and agility, ensuring that new updates and capabilities are automatically, efficiently and securely delivered to their developers and partners, in a timely fashion and without manual intervention,” says Brent Carlson, Senior VP, Technology, Akana.