March 20, 2013 Leave a comment
KuppingerCole analyst Craig Burton (of Burton Group originally) wrote a recent article about Façade proxies. You can read the article here: http://blogs.kuppingercole.com/burton/2013/03/18/the-faade-proxy/
As Craig notes,
“A Façade is an object that provides simple access to complex – or external – functionality. It might be used to group together several methods into a single one, to abstract a very complex method into several simple calls or, more generically, to decouple two pieces of code where there’s a strong dependency of one over the other. By writing a Façade with the single responsibility of interacting with the external Web service, you can defend your code from external changes. Now, whenever the API changes, all you have to do is update your Façade. Your internal application code will remain untouched.”
I call this “Touchless Proxy”. We have been doing the touchless gateway for over a decade, and now using the same underlying concept, we provide touchless API gateway or a façade proxy.
While Intel is highlighted as a strong solution in this analyst note by KuppingerCole, Craig raises the following point:
“When data leaves any school, healthcare provider, financial services or government office, the presence of sensitive data is always a concern.”
This is especially timely as the healthcare providers, financial institutions, and educational institutions rush to expose their data using APIs to their partners.