Chenxi Wang, Forrester Research, Andy Thurai
The mantra of "reusing" existing application assets as services has become established as part of the lingua franca, or common language, associated with Cloud based infrastructure sharing. The key to exposing application functionality is through APIs and this is well understood by developers. While, at first glance, API management might be an old concept, cloud based API management presents a new discipline with added security, visibility, integration, and scale requirements. As applications are shared outside the protective firewall to/from the cloud and among cloud providers, traditional firewalls do not provide the mediation or XML threat protection required to expose these applications safely. Management of Cloud APIs presents a challenge and tremendous business opportunity that some are calling "the single biggest growth area for cloud computing." In this session, Forrester Research will decompose the cloud broker's role as an on premise or third-party intermediary and how cloud API management opens new doors to connect smart-phone applications, browsers, middleware, legacy apps and just about anything that can talk HTTP.
Chenxi Wang- VP Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
Chenxi serves Security & Risk professionals. She is a leading expert on content security, application security, and vulnerability management. Chenxi leads the effort at Forrester to build the application security and Web 2.0 security research portfolio. Chenxi's research builds on her in-depth technical insights and her years of research experience.
Andy Thurai is Chief Architect for Intel Application Security and Identity Products, where he is responsible for architecting SOA, Cloud, Governance, Security, and Identity solutions for Intel & McAfee enterprise customers. Prior to this role he has held technology leadership and executive positions with L-1 Identity Solutions, IBM Datapower, CSC, BMC and Nortel.