🎂 Make a wish and blow out the candles…we're celebrating Kong's sixth anniversary! 👏👏👏
In 2015, Mashape open sourced Kong Gateway, launching the next generation of API management. In our last anniversary post, I took a look back at our history. For this 6th anniversary post, I'll focus on how this year went and look forward to what's coming up next.
Product Usage Grew Exponentially
Kong is the most widely adopted OSS API gateway in the world with over 1.7M instances running across organizations of any size and in every vertical, with more than 257M downloads.
Kong Gateway has supported our remarkable growth over the last few years. Last year, we hosted more than 11,000 proxies and 4.5 billion transactions per month on our open source, Kong-based gateway platform.
Go support extended to include reading the upstream response and presenting it to Go plugins as well through a new response callback
Enable or disable buffering of requests and responses on a per-Route basis to better adjust Kong's buffering behaviors for each endpoint and ensure optimal latency especially for endpoints that deal with large payloads
On our sixth anniversary, I've come to the realization that Kong is everywhere. From digital banking applications to food delivery services, people around the world are interacting with our API gateway on a daily basis. Even with so much progress this year, we're just getting started!
In a landscape driven by open source technologies and communities, I am proud of the pioneering work that Kong and our community have accomplished in our OSS journey.
Kong was the first mainstream cloud native API gateway platform to be released after two dark decades of closed source monolithic tools in this space, and it wouldn't be the most adopted API gateway technology today - six years later - without the contributions and the genuine feedback of a strong community that really cared.
Kong's adoption today is stronger than ever, and I am looking forward to all the innovation that we are going to be building together, to turn the old status quo upside down and provide the modern infrastructure of an API-powered world.
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