Microsoft Acquires Apiphany For Windows Azure

Microsoft has acquired Apiphany—a leading API management delivery platform.  The one year old company is based in Washington D.C. and the terms of the deal were not disclosed.  Steve Martin, general manager of Windows Azure Business and Marketing stated in a blog post:

While there is nothing new about app extensibility, cloud computing has rapidly accelerated the use cases for extensibility which has increased the value of the APIs. As you might expect, with expansion and increased value, comes additional work to expose APIs reliably, securely and at scale.  Our newly acquired API management services provide businesses of any size the tools they need to expose particular endpoints while selectively gating access to more sensitive data and services.  

We look forward to surfacing API management services within Windows Azure and providing our customers with the technology they need to grow their API ecosystem very soon. 

With the acquisition Apiphany has shut down their service.  Here is a blog post they penned in December of 2012: 

The Apiphany platform is a native cloud solution, meaning it’s built on top of a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud operating system. This architecture enables us to provide reliability, high availability, scalability, and global reach. The infrastructure is deployed in several global data centers with more coming online soon. Apiphany manages API traffic to ensure the lowest latency possible no matter where the API consumers are located. Early during our product design, we chose to support a broad set of deployment options: cloud or on-premises, agent or proxy. We give organizations the ultimate flexibility. They can efficiently launch and manage cacheable or non-cacheable APIs. They can leverage Apiphany infrastructure to deliver their APIs globally, or use their own data centers and infrastructure.

Since launching in 2012, Apiphany has hit the ground running, putting its platform to the test for a variety of high-profile clients. Microsoft and the Pew Center on the States (The Pew Charitable Trusts) selected the Apiphany platform to scale their VIP API, which was used by Bing and Facebook during the 2012 Presidential elections to help voters find their polling location. The API handled millions of calls a day with spikes of thousands of calls per second across the United States.

The name of the company seems to be a play on the word epiphany, defined as

  • sudden realization: a sudden intuitive leap of understanding, especially through an ordinary but striking occurrence

In a blog post on the acquistion, Apiphany stated:

“The Apiphany API Management and Delivery Platform will soon re-emerge as an and integrated Windows Azure API management service. A talented and dedicated Apiphany team will become an integral part of the Windows Azure engineering team.”

Source: Windows Azure

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