We came up with RESTXpress based on a simple idea: Don’t reinvent the wheel.
Although there isn’t quite as much buzz about it anymore, the growing API economy is real. Businesses need to be able to securely expose more of their existing data and operations as REST services; however, resources and time to do so are always scarce.
And, you already have the functionality. You don’t want to rebuild it from scratch as a REST service.
Enter RESTXpress: Build REST on top of your existing assets (services and operations). Run our gateway in an application server. Use our administrative console to set up “resources” that describe how you want to use existing assets as REST services. Then, the gateway presents a REST API outside the firewall for each active resource to be used by mobile apps or anything else that can consume REST.
No need to reinvent your services and database operations as REST services. Just REST-ify them.
We started earlier this year by fleshing out this idea as a free beta. Over the year, we’ve steadily refined the product.
An essential part of the growth of the product over this period has been in expanding the number of types of REST resource. We started out with SQL (commands or stored procedures) and then added SOAP web services. We’ll keep adding more.
That’s one of the differences with our approach. We’re not a one-off solution to REST-ifying a specific kind of asset. We offer a comprehensive approach to including as many different asset types as resources as feasible.
Also, we’re not trying to expose a whole asset (like a SQL database) all at once in a single REST resource. Our resources are designed to REST-ify a subset of specific actions on an asset as a separate resource. This not only aids in management, but also provides an inherent security benefit.
Now, Commercial Availability
Now that it’s attained the right level of maturity, we’ve made RESTXpress commercially available. You can of course continue to use the old beta versions for free, but, for version 2.1 (soft-launched this month) and for future versions, a new pricing plan applies. First, there is a 30-day free trial license. Then, annual subscriptions are available at different numbers of installed instances per cluster. While this step is a sign of the maturity of the product, it’s also a statement from us that RESTXpress is here to stay, that we stand behind it, and that we will continue to grow RESTXpress.
Find Out More
To commemorate such a momentous change in RESTXpress we will be hosting a webinar. In it, we’ll give a hands-on demo of how RESTXpress can work for you. I’ll cover many of the ins and outs of the latest version of RESTXpress with the help of development lead Alex Ancipov who will fill in what I leave out and help answer your questions. So, reserve your seat today.
November 13, Wednesday
10am Pacific (San Francisco) time