About the CA API Gateway

The gateway is an XML firewall and service gateway that controls how web services are exposed to and accessed by external client applications. The Gateway provides runtime control over service-level authentication, authorization, key management, credentialing, integrity, confidentiality, schema validation, content inspection, data transformation, threat protection (including integration with external virus scanners for SOAP attachment scanning), routing, protocol switching, SLA enforcement, logging, and other functions.
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The 
Layer7 API Gateway
 is an XML firewall and service gateway that controls how web services are exposed to and accessed by external client applications. The Gateway provides runtime control over service-level authentication, authorization, key management, credentialing, integrity, confidentiality, schema validation, content inspection, data transformation, threat protection (including integration with external virus scanners for SOAP attachment scanning), routing, protocol switching, SLA enforcement, logging, and other functions.
Configured and managed through the GUI-based Policy Manager, the Gateway also acts as an integration point for extending existing PKI, Identity, SSO, federation and MOM infrastructures to web services, ensuring customers can leverage existing security and messaging infrastructure for web services and SOA initiatives.
The CA API Gateway products can protect applications exposed as web services, connect applications across security and identity domains, and validate policy compliance end-to-end across a transaction.
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Form Factors
The 
Layer7 API Gateway
 is available in different form factors:
  • As software that can be installed on servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Oracle Solaris (both x86 and SPARC).
  • As a 64-bit appliance that requires minimal additional configuration.
  • As a virtual appliance running under VMware. Initial configuration and setup of this product is described in the 
    CA API Gateway Virtual Appliance Getting Started
     (see "CA API Management Technical Documentation" in Release Notes). Once set up, use this section to administer the virtual appliance.
  • As a virtual appliance running under different cloud/virtualization platforms:
    Gateway AMI Appliance (running on Amazon Web Service)
    Container Gateway (running on Docker)
    Run CA API Gateway in Microsoft Azure Cloud 
Administering the Gateway
Facility coordinators, security managers, or other IT infrastructure staff who administer the Gateway should be familiar with:
  • Firewalls, Layer 2 or Layer 3 switches, routers, Load Balancers, databases, identity management or access control systems, application servers, and more
  • Advanced TCP-IP and internetworking concepts, web services, and user management knowledge
  • Advanced knowledge of Linux (or the host operating system) is desirable