VANCOUVER, BC, November 18, 2011—Layer 7 Technologies, a leading provider of Application Gateways for SOA integration, cloud connectivity and API Management, today announced it has been positioned by Forrester Research, Inc. as a Leader in the firm’s new report, “The Forrester WaveTM: SOA Application Gateways, Q4 2011.”
SOA, or Service Oriented Architecture, defines a modern approach to application integration. Increasingly, SOA is the foundation for application integrations that span the enterprise, partners, the cloud and mobile apps. Forrester characterizes SOA Application Gateways as one of four major SOA specialty product categories, along with Enterprise Service Buses (ESBs), SOA Management solutions and SOA service lifecycle management solutions. In a SOA architecture, a “SOA Application Gateway sits as a control point in the network path between a set of SOA services and the consumers that use the services,” explains Forrester.
In defining the SOA application gateway category, Forrester placed boundaries according to the overall functionality provided (security, attack protection and lightweight mediation functions) and the product’s primary placement in SOA platform topology (typically as an intermediary).
Vendors were evaluated against 45 criteria, which were grouped into three high-level buckets: Current Offering, Strategy and Market Presence. Layer 7 had the highest score in both the Current Offering and Strategy categories. Leaders were recognized for their broad and deep support for messaging styles, attack protection, trust enablement and content transformation.
“Forrester evaluated the top vendors in the market and we are honored to be recognized as a leader in a technology sector that we believe is becoming central to both cloud and API-based mobile enablement,” said Dimitri Sirota, co-founder and vice president of marketing for Layer 7 Technologies. “We feel that our leader position in this SOA
Application Gateways Wave is a direct reflection of our technology depth, vision for cloud and API management and customer referencability.”
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About Layer 7 Technologies Layer 7 Technologies helps enterprises secure and govern interactions between their organizations and the services they use in the cloud; across the internet; and out to mobile devices. Through its award-winning line of SOA Gateways, Cloud Brokers and API Proxies, Layer 7 gives enterprises the ability to control identity, data security, SLA and visibility requirements for sharing application data and functionality across organizational boundaries. In 2011, Layer 7 was named the 71st fastest-growing private or public technology company in North America on the Deloitte Fast 500 list. With more than 150 customers spanning six continents, Layer 7 supports the most demanding commercial and government organizations. Layer 7 solutions are FIPS compliant, STIG vulnerability tested and have met Common Criteria EAL4+ security assurance. For more information, please visit, email us at or follow us on Twitter at @layer7.