Press release

Weathernews Adopts Red Hat 3scale API Management for Weather Information Management Platform

Weather information services pioneer accelerates service delivery to customers, enhances development productivity and increases business agility

RALEIGH, N.C.

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced Weathernews Inc. has adopted Red Hat 3scale API Management to help power its weather information exchange platform by providing an open, flexible and standards-based infrastructure for managing its APIs. Using 3scale API Management, Weathernews is able to increase development productivity and business agility, and provide weather-related services and information to third parties.

We can now systematically manage our APIs, and have been able to improve our development productivity.

Masaki Fukudagroup leader, service menu development group, Weathernews Inc.

Weather information is being used in increasingly diverse ways across a broad spectrum of fields. For example, the agriculture, aviation and shipping industries use weather forecasts to optimize their operations, and retailers use data to predict the impact of weather patterns on product demand at their stores. Weather information is also used today for energy conservation and health management.

With interest in weather data on the rise, Weathernews has promoted the use of its APIs for collaboration among both internal and external stakeholders as they develop new applications and services. Looking to increase reliability and control over the provisioning and use of its APIs, as well as to better enable data restrictions, access control and license management, the company deployed 3scale API Management and standardized its application development with container technology.

By using a common API infrastructure for applications and services that take advantage of the weather data, Weathernews’ developers have been able to double their development productivity for building a system to display weather content to be provided clients. With its new API management capabilities in place, Weathernews is well-positioned to expand its business to other regions in the future.

Red Hat 3scale API Management is an award-winning platform designed to give control, visibility and flexibility to organizations seeking to create and deploy an API program. It includes features designed to address common business requirements for the provisioning of APIs, such as access limitation, security management, policy setting, and license management. It also features the ability to separately manage containerized gateways. Users can configure utilization, monetization and security policies from their APIs, either in the 3scale API Management console or automatically as part of a DevOps pipeline. In addition, 3scale API Management implements a key capability and part of Red Hat’s agile integration architecture approach. For the deployment, Weathernews appreciated the easier service development and operation thanks to smooth collaboration with the development platform, with architecture using the container technologies.

Supporting Quotes
Masaki Fukuda, group leader, service menu development group, Weathernews Inc.
“We needed to have a system in place that could enable our clients to more easily access and use weather information through our APIs, and incorporate that data into their own applications, while also giving us the ability to better manage those APIs. Using Red Hat 3scale API Management, we are better able to provision our APIs and maintain control over critical elements such as access limitation and flow restriction, and authentication and license management. As a result, we can now systematically manage our APIs, and have been able to improve our development productivity. We plan to explore global business development opportunities through this common infrastructure.”

Hirokazu Mochizuki, president and representative director, Red Hat K.K.
“For organizations like Weathernews that are looking to promote and scale the use of APIs, both internally and externally, the ability to efficiently manage all aspects of the API lifecycle is vitally important. Red Hat 3scale API Management is designed to meet these needs and provide robust capabilities that can contribute to improvements in organizational agility, developer productivity, and business value.”

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