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APIs and the Cloud: An Impact Study

In their recent white paper, ThousandEyes concludes that all the clouds offer good choices from the perspective of network performance with solid backbones for data transfer. But that’s only part of the story. When we started with our unique multi-cloud approach, we assumed that there wouldn’t be much difference between different clouds when they’re used to call APIs. The fact is, they’re all VERY different. How we analyze performance Our product makes a series of calls to API endpoints. We use the same security (OAuth, OAuth+JWT, etc.) as a TPP (Third-Party Payment) provider or ASIP (Account Service Information) provider [...]

By |2018-11-15T09:50:42+00:00November 15th, 2018|Fintech, IT and Cloud, News, Opinion|0 Comments

One API Monitoring Tool To Rule Them All

When I've thought about monitoring tool (s), especially in the context of API monitoring  tools recently, I've been reminded of this famous phrase from The Lord of the Rings saga: One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, And in the darkness bind them It’s about the magic ring Bilbo found in The Hobbit. Basically, with the one ring you can control and bring together all the other magic rings in Middle Earth. I’m getting much the same feeling about monitoring tool and product use. There’s a general (but very, [...]

By |2018-11-12T02:25:29+00:00November 5th, 2018|Opinion|0 Comments

Free Puppy!!! (AKA Free Software Is Rarely Free)

We do that! It really doesn’t matter what ‘that’ is. It could be API monitoring, it could be networking monitoring, it could be security services. It could be one of a dozen things. But the sales team for your infrastructure vendor is sure they do it or have a module for it, and they’ll do it for you for free as part of the large contract you’re signing with them. This offer of free software (or security or whatever) reminds me of two common problems. Problem one: the ‘free puppy problem’ Somebody gives you a free puppy. That’s great! You [...]

By |2018-11-12T02:25:43+00:00October 30th, 2018|Enterprise IT, Fintech, Opinion|0 Comments

Monthly Fintech API Performance Dashboard

As we get closer to launching some data-only products focused on our non-technical users, we wanted to make some data available that's easy to read and understand. So, the first 5 Fintech API performance dashboards are now up for public consumption. These cover Open Banking, UK CMA9 APIs, financial services API providers, common corporate APIs and US government APIs. We're planning to add search engines and social APIs (which they still let us!), so stay tuned. The dashboards contain key information for understanding more about the API quality and performance, including the best performers by speed and quality, a [...]

By |2018-08-29T12:36:10+00:00August 29th, 2018|Feature updates, News|0 Comments

API Compliance Monitoring – Can you afford not to?

In the rapidly expanding fields of Open Banking, where there are regulations driven by systems like the European Payment Services Directive, you have to prove your IT systems work as the regulations require – AND, just to add a little extra complexity, some of the dependencies might be entirely outside your control! But when it comes to API Compliance Monitoring, the dirty secret of most testing and DevOps strategies is that they’re more interested in being able to prove the IT systems are working at all than working the way they’re meant to be. Compliance - Can [...]

By |2018-08-10T10:14:57+00:00August 9th, 2018|Fintech, Opinion|0 Comments

Why API Monitoring?

Why API Monitoring One of the questions we get asked all the time is the deceptively simple: Why API monitoring? After all, companies and DevOps groups use LOTS of different monitoring tools. There’s the tool suite that come with their Amazon or Microsoft Cloud instance. There are stack monitoring tools for their backend, like New Relic or App Dynamic. There are the tools built into Axway or Apigee gateways. Then there are whole sets of web tools, from simple pings of a website to complex scripting tools, and a whole range of options for monitoring the network itself. [...]

Open Banking CMA9 API Performance Data CMA9 – July 2018

We first shared this on LinkedIn a few days ago, but it's worth repeating here as this data is, we believe, fundamental to the success of CMA9 Open Banking API initiatives and the banks, ASPs and TPPs who are running them. Next we're going to be diving into the core data and what it's telling us. Improvement, but still a way to go... Over the course of this year, we’ve found a consistent number of what we deem to be underperforming CMA9 Open APIs from UK banks. That number has been set at around 30%. But in a good [...]

By |2018-08-06T13:54:36+00:00August 6th, 2018|Fintech, Monthly Report|0 Comments

CMA9 Open Banking public APIs: Latest News

The story of our previous monthly surveys of the UK CMA9 Open Banking public APIs has been that roughly 30% of the APIs have fallen below an acceptable score of 800 or more. While things have improved in June, confirming our suspicions that many of the banks took advantage of the multiple holidays during May to make changes, we still observe that 28% of the APIs we monitor are performing below a 'good' score as determined by our CASC scoring system. This is strongly tied to a small number of the institutions involved. Generally speaking, if some of a bank's [...]

By |2018-08-15T08:24:19+00:00July 25th, 2018|API Update, Fintech, Monthly Report, News|0 Comments

New Agent Locations Available

Quick housekeeping announcement, we've just expanded our agent network again. Adding 10 more locations, mostly from Google - covering multiple European locations and for the first time adding in Australia and South America.  We've also made the IP addresses for the agents public and put those out here. This brings our global network of public agents up to 74, more with our agents in China and private client agents. Agent Name CLOUD PROVIDER CITY/STATE Country IP ADDRESS AWS Asia-Pacific Northeast (Tokyo) AWS Tokyo Japan 13.230.225.195 AWS Asia-Pacific Northeast 2 (Korea) AWS Korea Korea 13.124.218.140 AWS Asia-Pacific South (India) AWS India [...]

By |2018-06-21T13:51:26+00:00June 21st, 2018|Housekeeping|0 Comments

APImetrics DevOps Product of the Year

Dr Paul Cray of APImetrics Accepts the Award London, June 12 – APImetrics, a real-time API and cloud service monitoring and analytics company, was named DevOps Product of the Year during the TechXLR8 awards ceremony at historic Gibson Hall. “We’re delighted by the recognition,” said David O’Neill, CEO of APImetrics. "It shows that active API monitoring is being seen as an essential part of the DevOps process." TechXLR8 is London Tech Week's flagship event, bringing together eight conferences, 300 exhibitors, live demonstrations and networking opportunities. The TechXLR8 Awards celebrate innovation and excellence in the tech industry worldwide. "London [...]

By |2018-06-14T12:36:29+00:00June 14th, 2018|Press Releases|0 Comments