The ngrok SDKs enable a significant paradigm shift in application delivery. Today, there is an implicit, hidden dependency between the application and the infrastructure that delivers it, such as load balancers and reverse proxies. This hidden dependency is the source of lost revenue and downtime due to misconfigurations between these components. Developers must manually configure and manage the delivery infrastructure to serve their applications. Declaring ingress, which encompasses non-functional capabilities such as high performance, resilience, security and observability needed for flawless delivery of their software, directly in the application itself, radically simplifies the development process.
With these SDKs, developers don’t have to spend time and effort writing code to fulfill non-functional requirements. The SDKs empower developers to establish precise, API-defined contracts that dictate the expected behavior between their applications and the ingress layer. This approach ensures a secure and stable programming model, safeguarding against changes within the ingress platform that could disrupt access and traffic flow to the upstream service. Designed with idiomatic programming constructs, these SDKs can be integrated seamlessly into an application.
ngrok SDKs also enable platform independence and portability as it decouples application ingress from the hosting environment. Applications can run seamlessly across various platforms and devices without custom configurations for each environment.
The ngrok SDKs offer a native, programmatic mechanism to deliver apps and APIs via ngrok’s global network. In addition to the SDKs, developers can also leverage ngrok as a stand-alone service, as an interactive CLI and as a Kubernetes Ingress Controller.
Developers use ngrok to solve the following problems:
- Ingress to customer’s developer environments: Customers like Diagrid and Monday.com embed the ngrok SDK into their own CLI to establish secure connectivity into end user’s developer environments. The SDKs enable them to deliver frictionless developer experiences that allow their customers to more quickly prototype and develop new integrations with their platform.
- Ingress to APIs in customer networks: ngrok SDKs can be leveraged to securely access APIs running on software in customers’ environments. There is no need to struggle with site-to-site VPNs, VPC peering, PrivateLink and firewall configurations or develop bespoke configurations for each customer that prevent rapid scaling. Enterprises like Databricks have used ngrok to accelerate customer onboarding, reducing time to value from months to days.
- Ingress to APIs on devices running on external networks: ngrok SDKs can be integrated into the software already running on IoT devices. This standardizes network access so that enterprise cloud services can connect to APIs on those devices to manage them at scale even when they’re not part of the corporate network. Enterprises can also apply consistent security policies across their entire IoT fleet.
ngrok is a secure unified ingress platform for developers. It combines reverse proxy, firewall, API gateway and global load balancing to deliver apps and APIs. Over 5 million developers use ngrok for testing webhooks and previewing apps and the world’s top technology brands — including GitHub, Zoom, HashiCorp and Twilio — advocate ngrok as a key integration partner. The company is venture-backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Coatue. Learn more at ngrok.com and follow ngrok on X (formerly Twitter) and LinkedIn.
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