An open source software giant is partnering with an API management platform vendor to equip enterprises with better API programs, company officials said.

Red Hat, the 22-year-old open source provider with more than 7,000 employees, is joining forces with 3scale, a 6-year-old API management provider with 38 employees. The partnership features a technology cross-section of 3scale's API Management Platform and Red Hat's JBoss Middleware.

Syed Rasheed, senior principal product marketing manager for Red Hat, based in Raleigh, N.C., said the proliferation of customer channels, need for timely response and the ability to maximize business reach are key drivers for API adoption. "Changes required to support the latest innovations, for example, in mobile, or other mechanisms allowing customers to interact with the business should not require changes to the back-end systems that are running the business. Otherwise, it would take too long to bring these innovations to market. APIs help achieve that," Rasheed added.

Behind the Tech

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The Red Hat JBoss Middleware helps build software services that can be exposed as APIs. 3scale’s API Management Platform complements Red Hat’s middleware tools with features such as access control, analytics and portals for developers and partners, according to company officials.

The San Francisco-based 3scale platform integrates with Red Hat’s traditional on-premises middleware portfolio, as well as its cloud-based development tools in JBoss xPaaS Services for OpenShift.

What makes this offering unique from competitors in this space?

"Red Hat JBoss Middleware and 3scale provide a comprehensive API development, deployment and management solution that accelerates time to market for customers’ API initiatives and projects, and enable enterprises to innovate faster, in a smarter way," Rasheed told CMSWire. "Unlike other platforms, our best of breed, integrated solution is lightweight, resulting in more productive development and management."

He also said it provides "flexible and customizable open hybrid cloud deployments." Being based on open standards, it results in "lower cost and no lock-in."