Akana Lifecycle Manager 8.0 extends the Akana API Platform with a set of notable API lifecycle management features for existing customers and enterprises considering an end-to-end microservices/API management solution.
Support for OSGi
One key capability of this release – deployment within the Akana OSGi container – sits behind the extensible API and App properties features released as part of Akana Cloud 8.3 in November 2016, so you may already be using its capabilities without knowing it.
Supporting an OSGi deployment model for Lifecycle Manager serves two purposes: it simplifies application deployment by eliminating JEE application server dependencies, and it enhances IT administration with the advanced monitoring and management features provided by the Akana purpose-built OSGi deployment platform.
Supporting your API environment
In addition to the embedded API Platform integration capabilities described above, Lifecycle Manager continues to support loosely-coupled API provisioning scenarios ranging from fully automated (Agile CI-oriented) to audit trail-based, multi-role gating and signoff (suitable for regulated industries). Compliance checks, pattern-based runtime policy definition and binding, dependency management and impact analysis visualization all remain core strengths of the product, both as a standalone dev-time automation platform and within a comprehensive API management deployment. The Akana API Platform easily supports advanced architectures such layered microservices with automated API generation for edge microservice instances, making it the ideal product suite to support any enterprise’s API strategy.
A full set of REST APIs
The 8.0 release also opens the door to simplified integration via a full set of REST APIs that complement the existing SOAP APIs long provided by the product. These modern REST-oriented frameworks and REST-enabled tools enable both server-side (e.g., DevOps integration with continuous integration/continuous delivery tooling) and client-side (e.g., specialized role-specific UIs targeted at specific requirements such as product manager final signoff of API go live requests) use cases.