July 23, 2019
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Kong Sees Fast Growth in the UK as Organisations Shift to Microservices Architectures

Depop and Karhoo Adopt Kong Enterprise to Power High-Volume, Low Latency Applications

SAN FRANCISCO, July 23, 2019Kong Inc., the leading API and service lifecycle management platform for modern architectures, today announced that Depopand Karhoo, fast-growing startups based in London, have selected Kong Enterprise to power their core business applications and accelerate application development as they shift to a microservices architecture. The companies needed a modern API platform that is scalable, lightweight, fast and provides comprehensive API management capabilities.

Depop, the popular peer-to-peer social shopping app with over 14 million users, turned to Kong when it was relaunching its mobile application, which is powered entirely by APIs. The app runs in Docker and Kubernetes on Amazon Web Services and is composed of more than 60 microservices. After evaluating a variety of solutions in side-by-side performance testing, Depop chose Kong Enterprise due to its superior performance, ability to scale and best overall feature set. Because Kong Enterprise is container-ready, it could be used right out of the box, unlike other solutions that had a much more complex implementation. Next, Depop plans to use Kong Enterprise for its website and to manage its internal APIs as well.

Karhoo provides a mobility marketplace by bringing together licensed fleets with global travel operators to create smarter mobility solutions for travellers and citizens. Its platform provides simple integration options (API/SDK/whitelabel) allowing partners to natively offer e-hailing and pre-booking into their applications and online channels. Facing scalability challenges, the developer team made a complete transition to microservices, adopting Google Cloud Platform, Kubernetes and Docker. Now running 120 microservices, Karhoo selected Kong Enterprise to automate the development process, and to measure, manage and secure its APIs.

Kong is helping hundreds of companies across the globe make the complex transition to microservices-driven architectures, and to keep their applications up and running at peak performance, said Augusto Marietti, CEO and co-founder of Kong. We are excited to welcome Depop and Karhoo to the Kong Enterprise community and help them drive real business impact through software innovation.

Built on Kongs core open source technology, Kong Enterprise is an end-to-end service control platform that enables organisations to effectively secure, connect and orchestrate their APIs and services. It is designed for the modern era of software development, seamlessly connecting APIs and microservices across cloud-native, hybrid and on-prem environments. Kong is seeing fast adoption of its enterprise platform in the United Kingdom from companies across industries, including e-commerce, financial services, on-demand services and travel/hospitality to name a few.

About Kong Inc.

Kong delivers a next-generation API and service lifecycle management platform designed for modern architectures, including microservices, containers, cloud and serverless. Offering high flexibility, scalability, speed and performance, Kong enables developers and Global 5000 enterprises to reliably secure, connect and orchestrate microservice APIs for modern applications. Kong is building the future of service control platforms to intelligently broker information across services. For more information about Kong, please visit or follow @thekonginc on Twitter.