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Managed APIs are central to enabling the connected business by extending processes and services to customers, partners, and other groups within the enterprise. WSO2 significantly enhances the API management experience for organizations of all sizesfrom small to medium businesses (SMBs) to large global enterpriseswith the launch of WSO2 API Manager 1.9, which is fully open source and runs on servers and in the cloud.

Version 1.9 is the latest release of WSO2 API Manager, the only 100% open source API management productwith no separate enterprise' versionto combine easy, managed API access with full API governance and analysis. It also is the first API management product to let IT organizations set up their own consumer-like API Store where developers can easily subscribe to and consume APIs. Meanwhile it provides API publishers with complete API lifecycle governancefrom creating to publishing, deprecating and retiring APIsas well as analytics and metrics to support decision-making and enforce service-level agreement (SLA) policies.

Significantly, the same multitenant, cloud-enabled WSO2 API Manager software can run on servers, in a private cloud, public cloud or hybrid cloud environment, providing the flexibility to support a range of API-driven applications, from Web commerce to partner ecosystems and the Internet of Things, among others. Federated access to APIs across multiple entities empowers enterprises to create new models for collaborating and monetizing APIs. And because API management does not occur in a vacuum, WSO2 API Manager is pre-integrated with all other products in the comprehensive WSO2 platform, so developers can focus on building their solutions, not worrying about how to connect the underlying technologies.

WSO2 API Manager features an API Publisher, API Store, and API Gateway. Using WSO2 API Manager, IT organizations can publish both production and sandbox keys for APIs to enable easy developer testing, and developer interactions with APIs can be managed via comments and ratings. WSO2 API Manager supports SOAP, REST, JSON and XML-style APIs, and it enables one-click deployment to one or multiple API gateways for immediate publishing.

The API Store provides a collaborative Web interface for consumers to self-register, discover API functionality, subscribe to APIs, evaluate them, and interact with API publishers. API governance is complemented by capabilities for monitoring API use, performance and SLA compliance. Secure authorization of APIs is provided using the OAuth 2.0 standard for key management; meanwhile single sign-on is enabled through the Security Access Mark-up Language (SAML).

With version 1.9, WSO2 API Manager adds several new features designed to enhance the experiences of both API publishers and consumers.

Plug-in Support for Third-Party Key Servers: In addition to providing its own key server, the highly extensible WSO2 API Manager 1.9 now allows third-party key servers to be plugged in. As a result, enterprises that already have deployed a key server for authenticating users can use it with WSO2 API Manager to authenticate API consumers. Not only does this enable IT organizations to leverage their existing infrastructure investment; it also eliminates the redundancy of having to generate multiple keys for existing users. Version 1.9 also features enhanced integration with WSO2 Identity Server, which facilitates the automatic binding of applications created using WSO2 API Manager with service providers of WSO2 Identity Server.

Expanded Swagger Support: WSO2 API Manager provides a framework for testing and documenting what an API does based on the Swagger specification; it can generate documentation automatically, or publishers can create their own. With version 1.9, WSO2 API Manager upgrades from Swagger 1.2 to 2.0, and embeds the Swagger editor to seamlessly update the representation of the API across the entire life cyclewhether developers are creating, publishing, testing, managing or consuming APIs. Version 1.9 also features a plugin to newest version of SmartBear's Ready! API, which supports Swagger 2.0. Using the plugin, users can import an API into Ready! API simply by providing the WSO2 API Manager connection details and selecting the API to test, creating a seamless experience.

Shared View of API Store: With WSO2 API Manager 1.9, the API Store adds the ability to provide a shared view of applications and subscriptions within a group of users to facilitate collaboration. Apps and API subscriptions (i.e., API keys) created by one user can be managed by other users within the same group. As a result, developers working on the same application can share the keys and see the statistics for an application in the API Store. Additionally, if one developer leaves, someone else in the group can still manage the subscription. Admins, who have access to multiple groups, can switch between the groups and view the respective apps and subscriptions accordingly.

Enhanced Analytics: WSO2 API Manager features an analytics framework that handles all API usage data published to it from the API Gateway. This framework is pre-integrated with WSO2's analytics platform, which can perform both batch and real-time analytics on the same events, providing the ability to view metrics by user, API and more. It also allows IT professionals to create their own analytical apps to gain insights into APIs published with WSO2 API Manager or to plug in their own reporting engines for customized reporting. Version 1.9 now captures additional statistics based on throttling, faults, latency, workflows, approval/rejection of self-registration, subscription and app creation, and it provides dashboards for statistical visualization to provide greater insights into API performance and usage.

One Minute Start: WSO2 API Manager 1.9 enables customers to get up and running in just a minute using a new sample API that can be published with the click of a button when the product is launched for the first time. Then the user can sign up to the API Store, subscribe to that API, and test it, gaining a quick and easy understanding of how WSO2 API Manager works.

WSO2 API Manager is built on the same modular, fully componentized OSGi-compliant code base as the WSO2 Carbon enterprise middleware platform. Like all Carbon-based WSO2 products, it is inherently cloud-enabled and uses proven core framework components that provide a consistent set of enterprise-class management, security, clustering, logging, statistics, tracing, and other capabilities. WSO2 API Manager offers proven scalability, since it uses the same core technologies and runtime of WSO2 Carbon, which are handling anywhere from millions to billions of API calls per day at enterprises around the Additionally, the componentized architecture maximizes the flexibility enterprises have when deploying WSO2 API Manager.

Availability and Support

WSO2 API Manager 1.9 is available as a software download that can run directly on servers; on cloud platforms such as, Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2), Linux Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM), OpenStack, and VMware VSphere; or on top of WSO2 Private PaaS. Additionally, customers can choose to have WSO2 host WSO2 API Manager through the WSO2 Managed Cloud service or on WSO2 API Cloud, WSO2's public cloud at As a fully open source solution released under the Apache License 2.0, it does not carry any licensing fees.

WSO2 API Manager is backed by a technical team in which the experts that helped create the software provide support, leading to direct and immediate access to the people with knowledge of the middleware.

About WSO2

WSO2 offers the only completely integrated enterprise platform that enables businesses to build, integrate, manage, secure and analyze their APIs, applications, and Web serviceson-premises, in the cloud, on mobile devices, and across the Internet of Things.

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