CA World 2013: CA acquires Layer 7 Technologies to boost DevOps security and management

News 22 Apr, 2013

Tech giant has announced not one, but two acquisitions at its CA World conference in Las Vegas.

CA Technologies has acquired API management and security firm Layer 7 Technologies in a bid to help companies make better – and less risky – use of applications and services that drive business value.

The tech assets CA gains as a result of the acquisition will complement its own products – namely CA SiteMinder, CA LISA and its Identity and Access Management suite – and help businesses to more easily and securely manage APIs for cloud and mobile applications, the company said.

The API-driven economy has exploded, driven by today’s cloud, mobile and complex composite applications for business services.

“Layer 7 helps hundreds of organisations worldwide today open up their APIs to developer communities. Bringing Layer 7 into our security portfolio really enables us to extend our leadership both in security and in DevOps – liberating development teams to securely connect applications to cloud services,” said Peter Griffiths, vice president and group executive, of CA Technologies’ Enterprise Solutions and Technology Group, during a keynote at CA World in Las Vegas this week.

“[And] expose – safely expose – internal information and data assets to mobile apps. It bridges departments and brings partners in all as part of a consistently applied security policy.”

The acquisition will help CA make life easier for both technical and business decision makers, the company said, suggesting it would benefit both developers and C-level executive alike. While both have different mindsets and challenges to overcome, Layer 7’s offerings, combined with CA’s, will help streamline and secure new business service development as well as enhancing and securing the overall end user experience, it added.

“The API-driven economy has exploded, driven by today’s cloud, mobile and complex composite applications for business services,” said Layer 7’s CEO Paul Rochester.

“With more than 8,000 public APIs available at the end of 2012, there is a vast library of proprietary components and data exposed to the external world that need to be managed and secured from unauthorised access. API applications and services are no longer a trend, they are mainstream. The combination of CA Technologies and Layer 7 is the best option for enterprises to successfully and securely leverage all the business benefits APIs can offer.”

The company didn’t say how much it had paid for its former partner, but it’s clearly in the mood to spend, having also announced this week it plans to acquire continuous application delivery specialist Nolio.

“Nolio joins the CA family. It is a leader in continuous delivery for enterprises and service providers. Today, the world’s leading companies already rely on Nolio. It automates the application development cycle,” Griffiths added.

“[This] enables us to really think about zero touch delivery of new releases, maintenance and recovery across the entire application delivery cycle. It’s a game changer. CA is committed to leadership in the DevOps space.” 

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The recent acquisitions of Vordel, Mashery and Layer 7
provide further evidence that APIs now mean business for Enterprise.Today, large corporations need to have an API Management strategy if they are to control and govern the gap between their on-premise applications and the Cloud and Mobile world where so many of their customers, suppliers and employees
reside.