ngrok Introduces API Gateway-as-a-Service
February 15, 2024

ngrok unveiled early access to its API gateway-as-a-service.

This API gateway solution offers enhanced capabilities such as JWT authentication and authorization to strengthen API security, global rate limiting to ensure fairness among all clients and a flexible traffic policy engine that allows fine-grained traffic routing, all powered by a global network for production API traffic.

With this new capability, ngrok transforms API delivery by putting developers in control.

“ngrok’s API gateway-as-a-service represents a major milestone that effectively bridges the gap between deployable and cloud-based solutions,” said Alan Shreve, founder and CEO of ngrok. “ngrok offers the best of both worlds — the robust set of advanced capabilities and environment independence of deployable gateways, combined with the simplicity and scalability of cloud-based solutions. In addition, ngrok’s API gateway-as-a-service frees developers from operational hurdles, accelerating release velocity and innovation.”

ngrok offers the following outcomes:

- Faster delivery: ngrok integrates ingress directly into applications, allowing developers to establish secure API connectivity with a single command or line of code. This eliminates reliance on operations teams in production deployment while adhering to enterprise controls, governance and security measures to accelerate time to market.

- Reduced risk: By embedding ingress into the application itself, ngrok ensures that API requests contain all the necessary parameters expected by the API. This minimizes downtime, performance issues and unauthorized access that may arise due to poorly configured API gateways.

ngrok brings together the strengths of deployable and cloud-based gateways. Developers and operations teams no longer have to choose between cloud-based and deployable API gateways to obtain the mission-critical functionality needed for production API traffic. The benefits of this approach are:

- As-a-service simplicity: Eliminates operational complexity and brings instant scale with ngrok’s always-on global network, negating the need for deployment, configuration or maintenance of multiple gateways.

- Feature-rich and flexible: Enables configuration of a robust set of features through a powerful traffic policy engine to shape and control the flow of traffic.

- True environment independence: Enables multi-cloud support without environment-specific configurations. Allows users to leverage the same configuration across public cloud, private cloud, localhost and CI environments.

= Pay-as-you-go scalability: Pay only for what you use, scale on demand without friction and transition effortlessly between development and production environments.

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