Use Cases

Identity and encryption
automatically delivered

The more services our teams create and the more important it is to provide a platform to deliver zero-trust security and OPA to our apps.

    Build stronger security walls

    Reduce risk in a world plagued by security and repetitional threats with 1-click zero trust security and supercharged OPA integration.

    Reduce operational complexity

    Creating a strong security stance comes with substantial overhead. Kong Mesh eliminate the complexity with automatic TLS and OPA management.

    Improve TCO for every service

    When our teams are not asked to build security infrastructure, they are more productive and they execute faster with overall more secure apps.

    Case Study

    MS3 Selects Kong Mesh to Power its Next-Generation Integration Platform

    Yahoo! Japan - Looking Beyond the API Platform

    Verifone Trusts Kong for its Global, Omnichannel Payments Solution

    Papa John’s Accelerates Time to Market 3X with Kong


    “Our customers want to provide the best possible experience for their customers, and being agile and able to rapidly improve their software is critical to that,” said Aaron Weikle, CEO of MS3. With more of its businesses moving digital, MS3 needed a simple way to address cross-cutting concerns such as encryption, identity and tracing to accelerate the building of new cloud native applications using containers and Kubernetes.


    MS3 selected Kong Mesh to form the backbone of its new Enterprise Integration Platform. While other service meshes provided part of the solution with handling Kubernetes workloads, they fell short on their support for the virtual machines that form the bulk of MS3’s enterprise customers workloads.


    Being able to inject end-to-end security and tracing without introducing performance issues is huge for our customers. With Kong Mesh and Kong, we know that our customers will get a flexible, high-performance solution for all their needs, now and in the future.Aaron Weikle, CEO at MS3


    Innovation is at the core of Yahoo! Japan’s DNA. With its shift to microservices and an API-centric architecture, Yahoo! Japan needed more than just a gateway – it needed a true, high-performance platform built for centralizing and managing APIs across a modern architecture.


    “We moved rapidly towards microservices over the past few years, and we needed to centralize our APIs,” said Kanaderu Fukuda. With Kong as a single point for proxying and routing traffic across all its API endpoints, Yahoo! Japan was able to centralize authentication and authorization functionalities.


    With Kong, we knew that we would get something that would work perfectly with our technology today and set us up for where we want to go. Kong allows us to deploy on-premise, easily integrates with all the technologies we use across the company and gives us the flexibility we want to avoid vendor lock-in.Kanaderu Fukuda, Senior Manager at Yahoo! Japan


    Verifon needed to streamline a large-scale, complex global payments system without disrupting services for global customer and merchant base. This posed a challenge for the global architecture team at Verifone since ecommerce and physical payments are traditionally supported by completely different systems.


    Initially, the team at Verifone liked Kong because of its lightweight API gateway and the company’s focus on microservices. “As we learned more, Kong really stood out for being able to support lots of use cases.” said Hans van Leeuwen, Lead Architect at Verifone. “Kong’s flexible plugin architecture meant we could pick and choose the functionality we needed for each use case.”


    With the number of new services we’re adding and creating from decoupling legacy applications into microservices, manually managing our infrastructure would be nearly impossible. Using Kong with Kubernetes allowed us to make decentralization a reality.Jason Walker, Senior Enterprise Architect at Cargill


    In the fast-evolving retail and restaurant marketplace, consumers are discovering and engaging with restaurants in a variety of formats and on a variety of devices. With integration to aggregators and other emerging channels representing a critical business opportunity for Papa John’s, refining the API strategy became a priority for the company’s technology team.


    Papa John’s chose Kong Enterprise as the service connectivity platform, including developer portal and integrations to CI/CD pipeline. Commerce Platform Team is at the center of the technology strategy for tapping into innovation wherever it resides, with integrations to various store, digital, and partner channels.


    As these integrations scaled up, the addition of a robust API Gateway solution like Kong to our technology stack was a no-brainer.Sarika Attal, Senior Director at Papa John’s

    Zero-Trust in 1-click

    Enable automatic provisioning of identities across every service in the organization without having to update our services.

    • Built-in, custom and HashiCorp Vault CAs
    • Dynamic provisioning of TLS identities for every service.
    • Transport encryption for secure service communication.
    • Automatic rotation and management of certificates.
    • Works on Kubernetes, VMs and bare metal.
    • Support for multi-cluster and multi-cloud.

    AuthN/Z delivered via OPA

    Abstract away authN/Z checks and provide a standardize way to enable security across our services and APIs.

    • Supercharged OPA that doesn’t require additional agent sidecar
    • Support for local or 3rd party policy storage (ie: Styra)
    • Single and multi-zone support with automatic propagation

    Automatic TLS certificate lifecycle

    Issuing and managing TLS certificates can be an extremely complex operational task, especially across multiple environments.

    • Automatic rotation and expiration of data plane proxy certificate
    • Automatic rotation and expiration of the CA stores
    • Spiffe compliant TLS issuance
    • CA compartmentalization for multiple applications
    • API & GUI certificate lifecycle status and reports

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