Alcatel-Lucent adopts an open source model for the exposure of data and functionality on cloud platforms, telecom networks and enterprises
apiGrove application programming interface (API) management engine to promote a standardized way of making networks more programmable and drive creation of a new wave of valuable services
Paris, September 6, 2012 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today introduced an open source software engine, called apiGrove, that will enable companies to more effectively manage the application programming interfaces (APIs) they use to expose the capabilities of their cloud platforms, telecommunications networks or enterprise infrastructure.
APIs enable data to flow easily between applications and devices and provide access to the core network assets that are critical for the creation of new services. apiGrove gives companies an easy way to manage the APIs they use to make their networks more programmable, supporting the development of services for both internal operations and for delivery to consumers and businesses.
Laura Merling, Senior Vice President, Application Enablement, at Alcatel-Lucent said: “We’ve reached a point where basic API exposure and management is ‘table stakes’ for doing business in today’s economy. Network exposure, through APIs, is becoming a commodity. The future of the API ecosystem lies in building on an open industry foundation and a holistic approach that spans the network, cloud and enterprise/IT spaces. We believe apiGrove gives our customers and the community the foundation they need to make this a reality.” Laura discusses this topic further on her blog post and she can be followed on twitter @magicmerl.
The apiGrove installation package, source code, and documentation are available effective immediately on the open-source repository and collaboration tool GitHub under the business-friendly Apache 2.0 license. The apiGrove software is based on Alcatel-Lucent’s Open API Platform used by communications service providers around the world.
Companies including Citrix Systems and Olliance Group have expressed enthusiasm for this initiative.
Kevin Kluge, Vice President, Products, Citrix Systems said: “This is a bold move by Alcatel-Lucent and an even bigger deal for the API industry. They are making API management readily available to everyone as an open source project that will set the de facto standard for how APIs are managed.”
Andrew Aitken, Sr. Vice President, Olliance Group said: “There’s a collective momentum around open source in cloud computing. This move by Alcatel-Lucent continues that momentum, taking the API piece of the puzzle deeper into the cloud computing and communications network infrastructure stack. They’re effectively doing to the enterprise API market what RedHat did to the enterprise server market.”
One of the key benefits of the open source approach embodied in apiGrove is that companies can contribute to the basic apiGrove code, helping ensure that their particular requirements are captured. As this open source initiative moves forward, Alcatel-Lucent will continue in its role as lead contributor to the project. API management remains a key tenet of the company’s Open API Platform and the company will continue to make additional capabilities available as part of Alcatel-Lucent’s commercial API management offer. At the same time, the company will actively support the efforts of open-source software developers worldwide.
Ben Kepes, cloud evangelist, commentator and investor from Diversity, Ltd. said: “Existing API vendors are focused, by their very nature, on the technology of the API and hence the business discussion is secondary. I envisage a future where API delivery and management solutions are another offering sitting on top of cloud infrastructure, such that an API management function – say increasing a rate limit – can be automatically adjusted in the same way that cloud infrastructure scales. In order for this to happen the very API platform needs to be constructed on its own open APIs, allowing for clear hooks between it and other platforms.”
apiGrove offers an unrivalled option for any company looking to strengthen the management and utilization of their APIs, enabling them to explore the benefits of API exposure with little or no financial commitment. If a more robust platform is required, clients can migrate to Alcatel-Lucent’s commercial Open API Platform solution or make their own modifications to apiGrove to address their needs.
apiGrove lets businesses manage APIs at scale, while handling access policies and security needed to protect critical assets. apiGrove supports scalability through clustering, load balancing and request routing. At the base of apiGrove’s security lies authentication and authorization, injection detection, and certificate management. apiGrove also includes metering features for rate limiting, quota management, and generation of sophisticated transaction records.
Alcatel-Lucent’s Application Enablement Strategy: Driving API innovation
apiGrove supports Alcatel-Lucent’s Application Enablement strategy, which brings value to communications service providers and enterprises by enabling them to transform their networks into platforms for innovation. apiGrove and the recently introduced Alcatel-Lucent API Life-Cycle Methodology, which supports service providers wherever they are in defining, designing and implementing their API strategy, are part of Alcatel-Lucent’s expanding portfolio of assets, services and expertise that provide complete support for service providers and enterprises as they design and implement an API development strategy.
About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)
The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leading innovator in the field of networking and communications technology, products and services. The company is home to Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost research centers, responsible for breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Alcatel-Lucent was named one of MIT Technology Review’s 2012 Top 50 list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” for breakthroughs such as lightRadio™, which cuts power consumption and operating costs on wireless networks while delivering lightning fast Internet access. Through such innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission – Realizing the Potential of a Connected World.
With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 15.3 billion in 2011 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.