Kong Announces Private Beta Release of Kong Konnect
October 15, 2020

Kong unveiled the private beta release of Kong Konnect, a full-stack platform for cloud native applications delivered as a service.

Running on any cloud or platform, Kong Konnect provides end users with instant access to a comprehensive suite of tools that enable reliable and secure service connectivity across their APIs and microservices. It helps developers, architects and operators simplify complex workflows across API gateway, Kubernetes Ingress and service mesh runtimes. This allows Kong Konnect users to accelerate application development cycles by seamlessly delivering connectivity at the edge, within their applications and between applications.

Kong Konnect uses a modular approach, in which end users can access capabilities delivered as functional modules and provision different types of runtimes on-demand without requiring purchase of the entire platform. Users will be able to select and consume only the features they need directly through the Kong Konnect interface, removing barriers to building next-generation applications and services. Kong Konnect is available today as a private beta for Kong customers (see below beta customer insights on the new service); for more information, please visit https://konghq.com/kong-konnect/. It will be generally available in early 2021.

At the heart of Kong Konnect is the new ServiceHub, which creates a single source of truth for all services in an organization. It also features a first-of-its-kind runtime manager that enables consistent, self-service provisioning and day-2 operations of Kong runtimes across different cloud and Kubernetes providers, as well as on-premises. Using Kong Konnect, individuals within a technical organization can access the capabilities that they need for their roles through a unified interface. Developers can find and consume services through a comprehensive online catalog, operators can deploy runtimes on any environment with the click of a button, and architects can get a comprehensive view of all services across the organization.

“It has long been a dream at Kong to empower frontline developers around the world with the best tools for connecting and managing their applications and services,” said Marco Palladino, CTO and co-founder of Kong Inc. “Kong Konnect will power connections for everyone with a full-stack solution that goes from gateway to mesh and can run on every cloud and platform – including Kubernetes and VMs – to help developers focus their talents on application design and feature development, not on building pipes and writing redundant networking and security code for each service on each platform. We are proud to bust the confines of yesterday’s rigid ‘platform’ model and offer our powerful tools via a breakthrough usage-based model unlike anything available on the market today.”

Kong Konnect provides universal service connectivity and management that is reliable, observable and secure across any infrastructure. With its modular design, it breaks the rigid “platform” model of yesterday and enables ad hoc usage of any module or group of modules that work together, bringing it within reach of every developer, operator and architect from any sized company. This allows developers to focus on building business logic, architects to focus on accelerating time to value and operators to focus on connectivity management.

For organizations that want to use the platform as a whole, Kong Konnect integrates Kong’s API Gateway, Ingress Controller and Kong Mesh for end-to-end connectivity across any cloud, platform and protocol to help teams build powerful digital services and experiences.

Key features of Kong Konnect will include:

- Modular Self-Service Purchasing – Individuals can purchase only the capabilities they need for their specific project on a self-service basis.

- Role-Specific Workflows – Individual user roles can be crafted to provide broad-based or narrowly scoped access to specific features, sets of services and privileges based on an individual team or organization’s needs.

- Kong ServiceHub – ServiceHub provides a single source of truth for all of an organization’s services. Users can socialize services across their organizations to optimize discovery and re-use.

- Kong Vitals – Users are able to monitor Kong services and transactions in real time to understand their health and optimize their performance.

- Kong Runtime Manager – Users can provision and manage Kong’s cloud native connectivity runtimes for Kong Gateway, Kubernetes Ingress and Kong Mesh on any cloud, Kubernetes provider or on-premises environments.

- Kong Developer Portal – The portal allows users to document and publish their services as products.

- Insomnia Integration – Developers can instantly launch Insomnia from the ServiceHub and leverage Insomnia’s powerful API design, debugging and testing capabilities to increase productivity. From Insomnia, developers can sync their work and collaborate through a Git repository, thus enabling a seamless integration into DevOps workflows.

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