By on October 2, 2019

Announcing Kong Enterprise 2020 – The Full Lifecycle Service Control Platform

At last year’s Kong Summit, we announced our vision for the service control platform to serve as an intelligent information broker for the enterprise. Today, we’re proud to announce that we’ve taken the service control platform vision one step further to enable organizations worldwide to manage and optimize the entire service lifecycle. With the private alpha release of Kong Enterprise 2020 (KE 2020), the latest version of our enterprise offering, we’re providing customers with comprehensive service management from pre-production to post-production across all platforms, protocols and deployment patterns. KE 2020 completes the first phase of our vision to build an intelligent service control platform to manage the flow of information throughout the enterprise and expands our vision to incorporate the entire lifecycle of an API or service.

We created KE 2020 to enable engineers and innovators to build the next era of software as decentralized, distributed applications without disrupting their existing environments. KE 2020 represents our most ambitious and feature-packed enterprise release to date. With KE 2020, organizations of all sizes can automate the security, communication and orchestration of APIs and microservices across platforms, deployment patterns, and transport protocols. KE 2020 expands on our commitment to providing developers the freedom to build in the best way possible, while also providing management teams with the tools to ensure efficiency and governance. In KE 2020, we’re providing an engine for our customers to more rapidly and efficiently build, secure, deploy, and manage APIs and microservices, regardless of where or how they run.

Read on to get a preview of some of the exciting new features in this release. We’ll detail how these features can help you go beyond simple API Management to intelligently control the entire service lifecycle.


Kong Studio for Integrated Service Design and Testing

Built on top of newly acquired Insomnia, Kong Studio provides a robust suite of tools to streamline the design and testing of REST and GraphQL services. Kong Studio simplifies development workflows and eliminates tedious tasks by providing the ability to generate code snippets in numerous languages, automating testing via OpenAPI linting, integrating into CI/CD workflows via Git Sync and enabling inspection of responses beyond just JSON and XML. Sign up for the webinar or Learn more about Studio here.

Multi-Protocol Support for gRPC, GraphQL and Kafka

Kong’s multi-protocol support eases the adoption of emerging service platforms. With the ability to unify communications across REST, gRPC, GraphQL, and data streaming services, Kong customers can unlock new service platforms, use cases, and architecture paradigms without risk of siloes.  Kong’s native support for gRPC and REST, combined with seamless integrations with Apollo GraphQL server and Apache Kafka, allows users to effortlessly apply consistent policies across all services to minimize friction and maximize control. Learn more about multi-protocol support here.

Visual Service Map with Kong Brain

Expanding on the capabilities unveiled last year, the latest release of Kong Brain features a powerful Service Map to help organizations understand their entire service architecture via an elegant visual interface. Kong Brain automatically generates and updates the Service Map to provide a real-time view of your entire service architecture. For customers also using Kong Immunity, the Service Map can also expose real-time anomaly alerts and one-click issue investigation via the same interface.  Learn more about Kong Brain here.


Enhanced Kong Immunity Alerts and User Interface

With KE 2020, we’ve improved Kong Immunity by providing a dedicated User Interface for investigating anomaly alerts and tracking resolution status. With intuitive filtering and sorting capabilities, users can parse Immunity alerts in real-time to focus their attention on the most severe issues. Customers with Kong Brain can also surface Immunity alerts in the Service Map and easily drill down to understand the specific endpoints displaying anomalous behavior. Learn more about Kong Immunity here.

Improved Collaboration and Onboarding with Kong Teams

Kong Teams provides enhanced collaboration, security and onboarding capabilities to allow KE users to easily scale their deployments across their entire organization. With Kong Teams, KE users can easily segment users into working groups, implement policies across entire environments, and quickly onboard new users while ensuring compliance. Role-Based Access Control and Workspaces allow users to assign administrative privileges and easily grant or limit access privileges to individual users and consumers, entire teams, partner companies, and environments across the Kong platform. Learn more about Kong Teams here.

Major Updates to the Kong Manager and Kong Developer Portal 

KE 2020 features big improvements to Kong Manager and the Developer Portal to provide a significantly upgraded user experience. Both products now provide streamlined permissions, simpler management workflows and greater flexibility to make it easier to get the most out of Kong. The latest version of the Developer Portal makes it even easier to customize your portal and reduce onboarding friction to provide an optimal developer experience internally and externally. To learn more, check out the Manager and Developer Portal pages.


Stay tuned for updates on Kong Enterprise 2020 becoming generally available, and let us know what you think on Kong Nation! If you’re interested in trying out the private alpha or want to see a demo, please reach out!