SMALS | Innovating APIs for the Belgium Government

April 19, 2019
Willem Salembier, Solution Architect at Smals, explains how his company used AMPLIFY API Management to create a new, API-centric platform that modernizes IT and spurs innovation for the Belgian government. (https://www.axway.com/en/products/api-management) Smals is a Belgian company specializing in delivering ICT (Information and Communication Technology) solutions for the government, social and healthcare organizations, and public services that need IT services. As a participant in an initiative for creating a private cloud that is specifically for the Belgian government, Smals hosts a service platform and API gateway services. According to Salembier, “Because our catalog of services is growing, and the number of clients is growing fast with a significant cost in hosting and protecting these APIs that exist, the main goals is to go for a cost reduction for a more efficient platform to host the APIs.” In addition, Smals needed to move to the new platform without impacting existing consumers and providers using its current services. “We needed a platform that was flexible and that could expose the same functionalities, the same interfaces, but modernizing how it’s implemented internally.” Smals has a long history of exchanging information and data through services, from SOAP-based web services to service-oriented architectures, to RESTful APIs. To leverage modern technologies and security protocols while offering greater efficiency and cost-effectiveness, the company turned to AMPLIFY API Management, part of the hybrid integration platform from Axway. (https://www.axway.com/en/products/amplify) “AMPLIFY API Management proves we can transparently migrate our legacy services and implement new services faster,” Salembier says. So far, over 50% of Smals’ healthcare APIs have been migrated to the Axway solution. “We have to do it in a controlled way because it’s a high-availability platform,” he explains. “We have integrations with software from medicine pharmacists that have to run 24/7, so we’re doing the migration steadily to the new platform.” The API-driven platform currently encompasses: — 5 datacenters — 24 tenants — 834 compute nodes — 7,843 virtual machines — 8,039 docker containers — 400-500 requests per second at peak times — 35M requests per day Looking ahead, Salembier says scalability will be key to driving innovation with real-time information for e-Government. “We have to further to handle 1, 000, 2 000 requests a second.” After finalizing the API migration, Smals will shut down the old platform and just run on the new solution, which will be offered to new partners as a service on the G cloud platform. Read more about API Gateways in the modern enterprise on APIfriends. (https://apifriends.com/api-management/api-gateways/) #AxwayAMPLIFY #APIinnovation #ITmodernization
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