Launching an API is hard. You need to make sure your service is reliable, secure and well-documented. This is where API Management tools come into play. They provide the means to expose your API to external developers in an easy and affordable manner.
API (Application Programming Interface) Management is the set of tools with a process to help develop, publish APIs in a secure and scalable environment. These APIs are referred to as Microservices. The set of tools provide:
- automating and control routes and connection between apis.
- keeping consistency between APIs’ implementation and versions
- Analyzing and monitoring the traffic for each API
- Monitoring performance of an API
- Ensuring security policies are being executed for each API
The microservice architecture need API management development tools due to complexity of the development environment. API management tools often need a gateway which executes policies and some of the security and business rules defined in the API definitions.
There are multiple products available in the API management market such as apigee, IBM apiconnect, mule soft, redhat, ApiAxle, Azure Api management, etc.
API Management Features:
- Developer engagement
- Sandbox environment
- Traffic management
- Support of Legacy