Tyk’s Big Sister Has Landed: Tyk 2.0


It’s spring, spring is the season of new life, new beginnings, birth.

Well, we’ve been busy little midwives, and Tyk 2.0, Tyk’s big-ass big-sister, is here. She arrived sowing a trail of highly-organised, efficient and carefully designed API gospel, swarmed by the cluster of little Tyk* in her wake, parked in front of the brand-spanking new Tyk Towers in London and promptly sat on the dog.

The dog is now smaller, but happy.

That’s right, We’re back with a spring clean of the site and a brand new version of Tyk.

Some new names

Names are important, and we want to remove confusion from Tyk, so we’ve made some changes to reflect the different elements of the Tyk ecosystem.

Tyk API Gateway is now Tyk Community Edition: our community has been growing rapidly since we opened our new forum, and we’ve been getting increasing interest, pull requests and contributions from a wide segment of the Tyk developer community – a big fat thank you for that, it’s the Tyk community that makes it what it is, and makes it so damned awesome. So we named Tyk after you, since you’re the ones that drive it.

Now, if you’re a Tyk Cloud user, then you’ll already have seen some of the 2.0 features crop up in your UI, since we’ve been running v2.0 on Cloud for some months now.

New features

So, brass-tax, what’s new, “what the heck have you made us wait for all these months”, we hear you say… well, the highlights for Tyk Community Edition:

  • Major performance improvements
  • GeoIP Analytics
  • Detail logging: Log requests and response data for easy tracing, this can be done dynamically using an ORG key for easy debugging
  • Full JWT support: the best way to integrate with other service providers
  • Completely rewritten HMAC support, now fully compatible with the latest spec
  • Multi-target support for versioned APIs
  • Improved stability & failure handling
  • Improved logging for better traceability
  • New, pluggable data sinks with Tyk Pump:
    • MongoDB
    • CSV
    • ElastiCache
  • Third party IDM support for LDAP, Social, Basic Auth & Proxy
  • Mesosphere support for service discovery

Of course there’s loads more.

Tyk Professional Edition

And what about the dashboard? Well, the dashboard is now Tyk Professional Edition, there is still a free edition, but it now has a paid for license option for larger deployments too. With Tyk 2.0, we bring Dashboard 1.0, which has some important and amazing new features:

  • New analytics views on a per API, per country, per tag basis with drill-down
  • New Geographic traffic charting – see where your developers and users are
  • New detailed log traces for debugging APIs
  • Realtime notifications of key team and cluster actions
  • IDM Integration management from the dashboard
  • Node status overview: what’s up, what’s down
  • Aggregate developer usage data in profiles
  • Granular user permissions & API client permissions for integrations
  • Faster DB and analytics access throughout
  • Improved analytics speed and caching
  • Improved Open API definition support in the portal
  • Better, more usable UI

Wait a sec, Tyk Dashboard can cost money?

Tyk Pro is still free for single node deployments (managing a single Tyk API Gateway from the Dashboard), but for anything larger, there is a license fee attached.

Tyk Pro not only gives you the dashboard, but each paid license also includes our Premium Support package, so a license purchase also gets you one-to-one engineering support right from the get-go.

For existing users, we are not removing old versions of Tyk Dashboard, those will still be available for download and installation – and the documentation is still available on this site, but they will not work with the latest version of the gateway.

Tyk for Enterprise

We weren’t kidding when we said we’ve been busy, and that Tyk 2.0 is a big-momma-bear API Management platform. For Enterprise users, we’ve been busy doing PoC’s, signing SLA’s and consulting with big giganto-corps, and we’ve been busy taking notes, studying and learning, and in response, Tyk for Enterprise is a new beast.

Tyk for Enterprise not only offers our incredible SLA’s, but also comes with our new multi-data-center bridge component, enabling large enterprises to run isolated, zoned Tyk Clusters that are managed centrally, with a clear, easy way to move APIs between environments, between clusters, between zones, and between geographic locations. We call it the Tyk Multi Data Center Bridge, it powers Tyk Cloud Hybrid, and it’s awesome.

Someone won the friggin’ Apple Watch

Some of you might have remembered our survey where we asked what you wanted, and we’ve been listening, we got some amazing feedback, and we’ve used it to drive our offering for large and smaller clients and much of it has gone into this latest, biggest, baddest, release.

The winner of the prize-draw for the watch was Diego Guario of Milan, Italy. We’ve never met Diego, but we know that he uses Tyk, which means he must be a smart, suave and sophisticated type of guy. Congratulations Diego!

So, to round things off – go forth, try Tyk Community Edition, get yourselves a Free Tyk Pro license, get involved, get busy, go get your Tyk on!

— Your’s truly,

Martin & the team at Tyk Towers

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