WSO2 Acquires Platformer to Extend Its Kubernetes Capabilities

WSO2 has acquired Platformer for an in disclosed sum of money. Platformer will play a key role in extending the Kubernetes capabilities of the data plane of Choreo, the new WSO2 integration platform as a service (iPaaS) launched today, as part of WSO2. Platformer has operations in Australia and Sri Lanka.

Thousands of organizations, including hundreds of the world’s major businesses, universities, and governments, rely on WSO2’s open source, cloud native solutions to help them accelerate their digital transformation, with over 18 trillion transactions processed yearly. These companies are leveraging the power of their APIs to safely provide their digital services and apps by using WSO2 for API administration, integration, and customer identity and access management (CIAM).

Platformer has been specializing in cloud platforms, data systems, distributed and highly scalable systems, as well as operations and support, since 2015. The Platformer Console, the company’s main product, is a cloud native application platform that helps businesses simplify and streamline their Kubernetes experiences in the cloud, on-premises, and in hybrid settings.

The acquired Choreo iPaaS, which is now available in public beta, extends WSO2’s technology by allowing developers to simultaneously engineer in low-code and pro-code, build, test, and deploy in Kubernetes, manage APIs, share them in a marketplace, and monitor performance – all in hours, not weeks.

Developing Cloud Native Applications

Choreo’s Kubernetes-based deployment capabilities are enhanced by the Platformer Console, which now supports many regions, different cloud providers, and even private clouds. Choreo will be able to go beyond the open-source Ballerina programming language to enable the DevOps management of any containerized workload thanks to the Platformer technology.

“Kubernetes is the de facto standard for developing and deploying cloud native applications,” said Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, founder and CEO of WSO2. “In adding Platformer’s state-of-the-art technology to our Choreo iPaaS, we are extending our commitment to supporting native Kubernetes for cloud native engineering. We’re now well-positioned to fully capitalize on Kubernetes for cloud orchestration and let customers focus on creating, connecting and protecting their cloud native apps and APIs.”

With the acquisition, Kanchana Wickremasinghe, Platformer co-founder and former CEO, joins WSO2 as vice president and product manager, Choreo Data Plane.

“WSO2’s software for API management, integration and CIAM is powering the digital services of some of the world’s largest organizations, and with Choreo, the company is driving a new level of innovation and agility powered by Kubernetes,” said Kanchana Wickremasinghe, now WSO2 vice president and product manager, Choreo Data Plane. “In joining WSO2, we have an opportunity to pursue our shared vision of empowering enterprises to leverage cloud native engineering in scaling their digital businesses while fostering greater developer collaboration, speeding release cycles, and maximizing the cost efficiency of their cloud native applications.”

Choreo All-Inclusive Platform

Choreo offers companies with the infrastructure and tools they need for cloud native engineering, reducing the time it takes to develop a platform for Kubernetes-based applications and APIs. As a consequence, companies can focus on creating, testing, and deploying APIs and services right away, and IT teams may use a microservices-style programming paradigm to take control of their DevOps flow, production multi-environment deployment, and production configuration. Enterprise developers may use Choreo to:

  • Create integrations – Developers may use Choreo’s pre-built connectors and templates, or their own custom-built templates, to perform low-code integration logic to manage hundreds of software as a service (SaaS) APIs, which can be triggered periodically or by an event.
  • Create Microservices and APis – Developers can use low-code or code to create services that compose and expose APIs, as well as their integration and business logic.
  • Manage APIs – WSO2’s API management features enable developers to publish their services as managed APIs and govern them.
  • Share via an API Marketplace. Choreo also has a marketplace for APIs, event streams, and data sources used by a company. Templates allow developers to distribute integrations and microservices for re-use by no-code corporate clients.
  • Run professional DevOps – With just a few clicks, IT teams can create, deploy, and execute Kubernetes (without having to set up any YAML files for deployment); manage numerous environments; and watch them.
Photo Eric Newcomer, CTO at WSO2
“Enterprises are increasingly leveraging cloud-native platforms to speed their time to market, scale out rapidly, and increase agility. Yet it’s still too hard,” said Eric Newcomer, CTO at WSO2.

“Enterprises are increasingly leveraging cloud-native platforms to speed their time to market, scale out rapidly, and increase agility. Yet it’s still too hard. It can take months or years to bring digital products into production as developers struggle with integration and the complexity of adopting cloud native engineering practices and deploying on Kubernetes-based platforms,” said Eric Newcomer, CTO at WSO2. “We’re removing those roadblocks with Choreo, our next-generation iPaaS for cloud native engineering. Now developers at all skill levels can collaborate in producing enterprise-class code and APIs whether they prefer programming in low-code, code or even no-code using templates. And because it’s an all-inclusive iPaaS, built on proven technology, enterprises can immediately focus on delivering business value.”

Collaboration and Control via Limitless Low-Code

The Choreo iPaaS is the first commercial application of Ballerina, a programming language that uses a bidirectional mapping for all source code between its textual syntax and its graphical representation as a sequence diagram to give an infinite low code experience. As a consequence, developers of all skill levels may collaborate more easily, and companies can keep complete control over their code thanks to source code that is independent of Choreo.

Key features of the Choreo iPaaS solution include:

  • Choreo’s collaborative platform for developers of all skill levels would boost productivity substantially. Highly experienced developers may switch between coding with text or diagrams and contributing to the organization’s app development with a low-code option while keeping complete integrity to the code.
  • Choreo allows lock-in-free low-code since all low-code is open-source Ballerina source code. Choreo allows companies to clone the repository, build it using open-source Ballerina tools, and execute the code anywhere they choose, unlike other low-code solutions that are exclusively executable on a vendor’s platform.
  • AI-assisted Development and Observability – Choreo uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help with development as well as to allow the platform’s deep observability features.
  • Choreo learns from previous actions and performance characteristics to predict the majority of a developer’s demands using AI-assisted development. Developers may use AI to give performance feedback, code completion, anomaly detection, and data mapping as they code.
  • Choreo’s comprehensive observability features allow businesses to resolve difficulties by viewing observability data at both design and runtime. Additionally, AI-based anomaly alerts notify developers when they are needed and aid in the isolation of the problem.
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