In this video blog, ArganoMS3’s Director of Technology, Joe Rice, discusses how Kong Konnect enables instant access to purpose-built multi-cloud connectivity across APIs and microservices. Learn more at https://konghq.com/kong-konnect
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Instant Multi-Cloud API and Microservice Connectivity
Financial institutions have spent millions of dollars and many years cycling through different API governance and integration ecosystems using traditional rest-centric API gateways, complex service mesh technology or even homegrown approaches that eventually are too difficult to manage or maintain.
But with the advent of the Cloud, containers can provide a lightweight and flexible way to add value (not latency) and scale without adding single points of failure. The traditional monolithic, shared gateways that I’ve seen don’t do that. They’re not container- and cloud-ready. They’re not lightweight and easy to distribute.
I’ve seen implementations of Apigee, Mulesoft, API Connect, cloud native gateways and even appliance-based solutions that at the end of the day are monolithic and essentially monotone. They do one thing well, such as a REST API, but lack the flexibility that’s needed for the modern enterprise. They are complex and heavyweight, albeit feature-rich. While they do deliver the base routing, bridging transformation and connectivity, they have limits in formats and impose lock-in via a high-friction, vendor-specific process.
But the Kong service connectivity platform, via the connect ecosystem, is different. It allows you to outsource the management of the control plane, hosting it in data centers while still being able to locally control policy enforcement and data, whether it be an Amazon, Google, Azure or in your local data centers.
Being able to deliver vital observability, zero-trust security, pluggable extensibility with well-organized ways to find and reuse APIs, and a catalog along with industry standard controls and guardrails to authenticate, authorize, identify and only allow legitimate access to trusted resources.
So what else can it do? It’s not a one-trick pony. It cannot just do REST but gRPC, GraphQL and events. It can run anywhere – standalone Kubernetes or the cloud.
It’s full-lifecycle with DevOps automation, and it’s container-optimized with the observability and flexibility needed via either distributed service mesh or lightweight gateways.
With the latest release, it’s even satisfying the need for multi-geography support (US, UK, Germany, Japan and Australia) to provide and comply with data sovereignty and local regulations.
And it’s available either as a free open source solution through Kong Konnect Free, Kong Konnect Plus (a pay-as-you-go approach), or Kong Konnect Enterprise to deliver enterprise-grade security, scalability, observability and more.
But is it easy to set up? Watch this video where I walk you through what I was able to do in a very brief period of time by just signing up for Konnect. They’ll set up a Kong Konnect environment for you, which is basically the control plane of the Kong Gateway ecosystem.
There’s no faster or easier way to set up robust, cloud native, container-ready Zero-trust security that’s format- and protocol-agnostic. Check it out today.