What is WSO2?

  • WSO2, the middleware vendor, sells open-source application program interface (API) management software. The WSO2 API management software facilitates the efficient design, deployment, and upkeep of APIs by users.
  • WSO2 products enable customers to develop and reuse components, as well as manage integrations both in-house and in the cloud.
  • Because WSO2 products are open source, they are ready to use, cost nothing, promote quick development and innovation in scalable environments, and allow for limitless customization, use, and improvement.

WSO2 is a middleware vendor that sells open-source application program interface (API) management software. The WSO2 API management software allows users to efficiently design, deploy and maintain APIs.

Most development and integration teams have begun using various technologies for the development, management, sharing and running of APIs. WSO2 provides a variety of middleware products that help users simplify these business processes.

What is WSO2?

WSO2 is an open-source enterprise middleware software company that provides a range of middleware products based on SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture). These products include but are not limited to, API Managers, Enterprise Service Buses (ESBs), Identity Servers, Data Services Servers, Application Servers, and more. Known for their open-source nature, modular architecture, and high performance, WSO2’s products are widely used in building and managing large distributed systems.

The products from WSO2 support various communication protocols and data formats such as SOAP, REST, XML, JSON, etc., which can assist enterprises in integrating, managing, and routing services. Additionally, WSO2 also offers a wealth of development tools and documentation to help developers quickly get started and extend system functionalities.

Specific to WSO2’s products, for example: WSO2 API Manager is a comprehensive API lifecycle management platform that allows enterprises to publish, manage, and consume APIs. It includes components such as API Publisher, API Store, API Gateway, and Key Manager; WSO2 ESB is a fast, lightweight, 100% open-source Enterprise Service Bus that supports protocol transformation, message routing, service orchestration, and more; WSO2 AS is WSO2’s Application Server, based on the WSO2 Carbon platform, which supports the deployment and management of web services and web applications; WSO2 SP is WSO2’s Stream Processor, a lightweight, stream SQL-based stream processing platform for real-time event processing and analysis.

The software products of WSO2 are all under the Apache 2.0 open-source license, which is business-friendly and provides convenience for learners and developers.

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What does WSO2 do?

A lot of data about internal operations, such as those in human resources, finance, marketing, and sales, is incorporated into the external systems that businesses use, like PeopleHR, Salesforce, NetSuite, and Pardot. WSO2’s products leverage these capabilities to enable organizations to realize the true potential of big data.

The integration products in the WSO2 architecture are entirely open source and share a common code base. The business offers consumers an enterprise platform that makes it simpler to integrate web services, apps, and APIs. Customers can manage integrations both on-premises and in the cloud, as well as develop and reuse components, with WSO2 products.

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The open-source nature of WSO2 products means that they are ready-to-use and free; facilitate rapid development and innovation in scalable environments; and can be customized, used and improved without constraints.

Furthermore, since WSO2 products exist on the cloud, developers can use the platform to collaborate quickly in on-demand environments. This is beneficial to companies in competitive industries, where the ability to rapidly get software products to the market without complications can determine the success or failure of the business.

The WSO2 business model is transparent and helps customers minimize the costs of ownership. WSO2 products provide solution templates, built-in message mediators and connections to third-party cloud providers. This can reduce unnecessary engineering efforts and facilitate the reuse of components. WSO2 provides thorough and frequent product updates and support as well as proactive testing and tuning to find and provide performance enhancements.


Fiona Huang

Fiona Huang, an intern reporter at BTW media dedicated in Fintech. She graduated from University of Southampton. Send tips to f.huang@btw.media.

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