Layer 7 Named a Leader in Independent Research Firm`s API Management Wave Report

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Company Earns Highest Score for Current Offering Amongst API Management Vendors
Evaluated
VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(Business Wire)--
Layer 7 Technologies, a provider of API management and mobilization tools for
the new open enterprise, today announced it has been named a Leader by Forrester
Research Inc. in its new report, "The Forrester Wave: API Management Platforms,
Q1 2013." 

Layer 7 was part of a select list of companies invited by Forrester Research to
participate in its Forrester Wave Report: API Management Platforms, Q1 2013. In
the report, Forrester describes API management as valuable because "APIs create
and unlock the business value of data." 

Based on fifteen pieces of criteria, including API consumer experience,
integration capabilities with various back-end and third-party systems,
analytics and monitoring features, Layer 7 was listed as a Leader and given the
highest score for its current offering. 

In the report, Layer 7 is described as having "showed sophistication in its
SOA-derived solution while offering solid solutions for new API management
challenges." 

The report goes on to say, "Layer 7 has strong features and has a commanding
market presence. Layer 7 has deep roots in the XML gateway marketplace but has
moved aggressively into API management. Technical adopters will find a lot of
depth to Layer 7`s service management capabilities, including a variety of
deployment options, sophisticated traffic shaping and routing capabilities, and
extensive connectivity to existing enterprise systems. These gateway features
work well for customers that need to build a RESTful infrastructure on top of an
existing ESB layer or transpose existing services to make them friendlier to
Open Web developers. Layer 7`s more recent investments focus on a flexible
developer portal driven by a web content management system (CMS) and a mobile
backend-as-a-service (BaaS). The combined offering has something for API
administrators and owners alike." 

"We believe this ranking by Forrester is a validation of the work and expertise
we have invested in creating the most enterprise and carrier friendly API
management solution in the market," said Dimitri Sirota, co-founder and chief
strategy officer at Layer 7. "In terms of integration, connectivity, security
and the overall API experience, we feel our product has consistently shown that
it rises to the top and delivers everything organizations need for developing a
successful API management strategy for mobile, cloud, partners and developer
access." 

Layer 7 also received the highest ranking in terms of market presence, which is
based on revenue, customers and consulting. 

Forrester previously named Layer 7 a leader in the area of SOA Application
Gateways in Q4, 20111. An SOA application gateway sits as a control and
adaptation point for application services exposed through APIs. 

To get a courtesy copy of the Q1, 2013 Forrester Wave on API Management
Platforms, please visit: http://layer7.com/fw13. 

About Layer 7 Technologies

Layer 7 provides API building blocks for the new open enterprise. The company`s
products help nearly 300 organizations worldwide open APIs to developer
communities, securely connect applications to cloud services, expose internal
information assets to mobile apps and bridge departments and partners through
SOA style integration. The company was named the 183rd fastest growing public or
private technology company in 2012 by Deloitte. 

1. Randy Heffner with Alex Cullen, Lauren Blackburn, "The Forrester Wave: SOA
Application Gateways, Q4 2011," Forester Research, November 18, 2011.

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