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July 04, 2015 9:42 PM ET

Internet Software and Services

Company Overview of Akana, Inc.

Company Overview

Akana, Inc. offers a suite of API management, API security, service oriented architecture (SOA) governance, cloud integration, and microservices solutions to help businesses accelerate digital transformation by extending their reach across mobile, cloud, and Internet of Things channels. The company enables enterprises to deliver scalable applications, share data as APIs, connect and integrate applications, drive partner adoption, monetize their assets, and provide intelligent insights into their business and operations. It offers Akana API Gateway, a solution that streamlines the management, deployment, development, and operation of APIs, enhancing security and regulatory compliance through ...

12100 Wilshire Boulevard

Suite 1800

Los Angeles, CA 90025

United States

Founded in 1998





Key Executives for Akana, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Age: 58
Chief Financial Officer
Age: 60
Executive Vice President
Senior Vice President of Technology
Chief Technology Officer
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Akana, Inc. Key Developments

Akana Introduces DevOps Automation Across API Development and API Management

Akana, Inc. announced that it is introducing DevOps automation to the API lifecycle. New capabilities in Akana’s API Management platform significantly reduce the time required to update API definitions and versions. DevOps teams will be able to work faster in designing and developing APIs, as well as managing them at runtime and publishing them to a portal. The move brings Akana’s robust, proven API management technology to the emerging DevOps discipline, helping speed up provisioning of APIs to developers and partners while improving alignment of IT processes and business initiatives. DevOps merges software development and IT operations in a unified workflow, with continuous updating of applications in production. As a result, DevOps has an impact on the API lifecycle, typically requiring manual intervention. DevOps and continuous integration principles also affect security and operational policies governing APIs. Changes to API definitions that result from new builds have to be propagated to the API Portal. The API owner then has to update the documentation. To date, these kinds of changes to policy and API documentation have been performed through disconnected manual processes that require several actors across IT and the business. Akana now brings DevOps automations to a typical API Lifecycle. Key components of Akana’s updated solution for DevOps automation include: Integration with continuous integration platforms such as Jenkins and TeamCity; Provision for appropriate approvals to push updates to API Portal and API Gateway; Support for standard API descriptor documents types, such as Swagger, RAML and WADL. AkanaLifecycle Manager’s support for continuous integration platforms such as Jenkins and TeamCity can now be extended to include automated API portal provisioning. Driven by an inbound event from an organization’s build tooling of choice, Akana Lifecycle Manager can route the selected build output through appropriate approvals as per customer requirements. Once approval is granted (or automatically given based on configuration), Akana can automatically refresh the API definition and supporting productization content (e.g., detailed user documentation, updated licensing models for partner or end-user consumption, updated iconography) to the customer’s Community Manager-based API portal. With the Akana solution working in a DevOps context, developers can source API content from leading Software Configuration Managers (SCMs) such as GitHub, Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS), IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) among many others via Lifecycle Manager’s AnySource Asset Adapter (ASAA) content automation framework. Akana’s integrated API automation and management suite supports standard API descriptor document types including Swagger, RAML, WADL and WSDL. The combination of Lifecycle Manager’s fully configurable process automation capabilities with Akana Community Manager’s rich set of REST APIs enables customers to eliminate the potential for human error during API publication and update.

Akana Announces Support for IBM Bluemix Ecosystem

Akana announced that it will partner with IBM to expand and grow the IBM Bluemix Ecosystem, offering developers the widest choice in capabilities to develop and realize their visions. IBM Bluemix is an open cloud development platform for building secure, cloud-based business applications. Akana has been committed to IBM customers’ success for ten years, providing API Management and SOA Governance solutions for IBM DataPower. Akana’s API Management solution for IBM DataPower makes internal systems accessible as APIs and SOA services by leveraging DataPower’s security and integration features. Customers can easily create and manage APIs on DataPower that seamlessly integrate with the backend systems like WebSphere, mainframes and WebSphere MQ. Akana is continuing its commitment to IBM’s customers’ success by bringing Akana API Management platform to IBM Bluemix. Akana’s platform provides enforcement and implementation of security, scaling, routing, and auditing policies, empowers enterprises to define, version, scale, secure, and manage APIs, and microservices on their chosen containerization platform.

SOA Software Announces API Management Solution and Cloud Offering Validation for Compliance with Version 3.0 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard

SOA Software announced that its API Management solution and cloud offering have been validated for compliance with version 3.0 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. Last year, SOA Software attained compliance with PCI DSS 2.0. To attain validation again, the company underwent a series of rigorous audits by an independent Quality Security Assessor to ensure that it met best practices and security controls needed to keep sensitive data secure during transit, processing and storage. SOA Software is now recognized as an approved Level 2 Service Provider for major credit card brands with the latest version of PCC DSS. PCC DSS 3.0 includes expanded compliance requirements in areas such as software development reviews and testing procedures. As part of its standard security measures, the SOA Software PCI-Compliant Cloud employs multi-layer protection and data access limitations. It also monitors, defends against and mitigates cyber assaults and threats. Features include antivirus management, vulnerability scanning, a secure audit trail and resource tracking along with round-the-clock technical support by comprehensively trained SOA Software staff to maximize uptime and availability and enhance security. PCI DSS is a proprietary information security standard for organizations that handle cardholder information for the major debit, credit, prepaid, e-purse, ATM and POS cards. SOA Software’s continuing engagement with PCI DSS certifications allows it to advise customers on the most appropriate security best practices, irrespective of their industry. SOA Software’s counsel can help ensure that APIs are built on a compliant platform and extended in a compliant fashion, required tasks are dealt with by the most appropriate parties and nothing gets overlooked as enterprises roll out their APIs.

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