Why choose Red Hat for API management?

Red Hat gives you modular, lightweight, and comprehensive API solutions that are open source, open standards, and available on-premise or in the cloud.

Because no app is an island

That is to say, no application provides business value on its own, at least not for very long—it must be connected to your existing and future technology investments to be of continuous value, to actually exist as a part of your business.

We also know you face this challenge: rapidly delivering new experiences to customers is the only way you can stay competitive. But what good is a new app if it isn’t well integrated with your legacy investments? At the same time, how do you implement API security in a way that is proactive, flexible, and consistent?

The bottom line is that you need a solution for quickly deployed, repeatable integrations and you need a way to manage them down the road.

When application programming interfaces (APIs) are designed and managed well, they can quickly interconnect your business' new products and services, while letting you maintain control and security. They let you reuse resources and be more versatile when designing new tools and products. A software architecture runs better when APIs are there to enable communication between dozens of digital touchpoints.

Still, implementing and managing API integrations can be challenging. Maybe your solution doesn’t support non-technical users. Maybe you have an iPaaS solution that accounts for this, but still requires users to go through a centralized hub in order to extend or request new services, slowing down your team's ability to work. If your APIs are public in any way (like for monetization, such as the Google Maps API), you also need to understand how to control access and use. Finally, you need an API infrastructure that works just as well now as it will when your business grows—you need a solution and architecture that can scale. An approach to agile integration that is API-centric will will help you get the most value from your APIs.

How is Red Hat different?

Red Hat provides modular, lightweight, and comprehensive API management solutions, but so do many others. Our offerings are uniquely open source, open standards, and available on-premise, in the cloud, or in hybrid environments. Because of Red Hat’s commitment to open source technologies, our portfolio undergoes extensive testing by a diverse community, including Red Hat engineers, customers, independent software and hardware vendors, and partners. Open source is the Red Hat way.

Our API solutions focus on reusability, IT agility, and a management interface that helps you measure, monitor, and scale, so it can grow as you do.

Red Hat positioned as a "leader" in API management

In "Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management," Gartner compares Red Hat 3scale with other vendors and API solutions—and calls Red Hat a leader for its vision and execution.

Our API management solutions

Manage your APIs with 3scale

Red Hat® 3scale API Management is an API management platform that makes it easy to share, secure, distribute, control, and monetize your APIs. 3scale API Management is designed to scale and support hybrid architecture (on-premise, in the cloud, or any combination of the two). Want to expose and monetize the access to your APIs? Use the integrated developer portal and the platform integration with Stripe, Baintree, and Adyen to enable easy, end-to-end billing between API consumers and providers.

3scale API Management is divided between an API program management layer and an API traffic control layer. More traditional methods of traffic control took longer because an entire API call had to be authenticated. This new traffic control layer only needs to inspect the header of the incoming call, so that traffic is scanned and authenticated more quickly. Access, policy, and traffic controls make it simple to authenticate traffic, restrict by policy, protect backend services, impose rate limits, and create access tiers.

The two layers communicate with each other asynchronously, using configurable caching strategies on the API gateway—so that if, for example, the API management policy configuration is for some reason unavailable, the API program isn’t slowed down and is still functional. Because the API manager and API gateway are separated, you can scale independently and support more complex deployment options.

3scale API Management includes a fully customizable developer portal so that developers get everything they need (account and app management, analytics, API key management, etc.) in a single, easy-to-use location. An interactive API documentation tool allows developers to examine live APIs, and an analytics engine provides everything you need to know about your API performance and traffic patterns. Finally, you can “package APIs” differently into different products, defining and configuring different policies for different API consumers. This gives you the freedom to create unique business models on top of APIs to address different customer needs.

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Make it easy to share, secure, distribute, control, and monetize your APIs for internal or external users.

Integrate your IT assets with Fuse

Red Hat Fuse is a distributed integration platform that enables integration experts, application developers, and business users to collaborate and independently create connected solutions. Fuse’s API-centered development in a cloud-native environment means that services and integrations are easily extended and reused. Its hybrid architecture and use of container technology allows users to work in whatever environment they feel most comfortable, with the knowledge that their work can be shared and used anywhere—on premise, in the cloud, or any combination of the two. Collaboration between diverse users is further supported by a shared, easy-to-use foundation that ensures clear and consistent governance.

For the last 15 years, the industry standard for enterprise integration was an enterprise service bus often deployed centrally and managed by a single team in the IT department. Under this model, the central team was responsible for all of the integration needs of an entire company. This model provides efficiency and control for integration deployments and is suited for certain use cases, but stifles modern practices like DevOps and agile workflows. Today, innovation happens across much smaller teams, working collaboratively and in much more frequent deployment patterns. If your teams are working in an agile way, you need an API integration solution that supports them. Fuse includes over 200 connectors, so you can integrate everything from legacy systems to partner networks.

The low-code interface lets users use predefined integration and services patterns to create new business solutions using drag-and-drop technology, in a self-service way. This encourages diverse users to work collaboratively but independently—integrating legacy apps, APIs, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices into a single unified integration solution. Automation ensures that testing, provisioning, and the security of individual services are routinely performed, allowing your teams to maintain a continuous delivery pipeline.

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A distributed, cloud-native integration platform that connects APIs—on-premise, in the cloud, and anywhere in between.

Agile Integration for Today’s Cloud-Enabled Enterprise


of enterprises with cloud experience have cloud first mandates


of respondents use application integration, data integration or API management on-premises


of respondents, in 2017, experienced in cloud projects use microservices for custom application development

Don't want to take our word for it? You don't need to.

Here are some real world stories from the aviation industry. See how an effective API solution can make you faster, more efficient, and ready to scale.

We foresaw a risk in having our open Flight API running on our critical infrastructure. We were unable to get enough scalability from our existing on-premise infrastructure, so we wanted to see how an enterprise cloud could help.

Mechiel Aalbers, Senior technical application coordinator, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Red Hat's open source technologies allowed us to solve problems with a real understanding of what is available to us.

Tobias Mohr, Head of technology and infrastructure, Aviator, Lufthansa Technik

Open innovation with Red Hat

Red Hat’s API solutions are fostered with open source communities in mind. This means more people developing problem-solving software—openly, transparently, and freely. But being open source doesn't guarantee innovation.

Real innovation comes from the exchange of ideas and working together to solve problems. That's what community-powered open source provides. And that’s where Red Hat Open Innovation Labs comes in. Immerse your team an intensive, highly focused residency for 3 to 6 of your developers to learn how to build API-connected apps the Red Hat way.