What is API management?
APIs–Application Programming Interfaces–are the building blocks of modern technology and business infrastructure. At its most basic level, an API is a piece of software that allows two applications to talk to each other. APIs connect apps to apps, apps to servers, and apps and servers to consumers. As apps, software, and the cloud have proliferated to dominate the modern technology and business landscape, the number of APIs that companies use and manage have skyrocketed.
The design, development, testing, deployment, governance, security, monitoring, and monetization of APIs have become an important part of the software development lifecycle (SDLC), and a large and growing sector of the technology ecosystem. API management is the set of software and processes that support all stages of an API’s - and an API consumer’s - life cycle.
To learn more about API management, read about Google Cloud’s API management platform Apigee.
API management is the process of developing, designing, monitoring, testing, securing, and analyzing APIs for organizations. API management platforms provide a robust set of software and processes with this functionality, hosted on premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid environment.
API management enables organizations to make both their public and private APIs consumable and scalable. A full-lifecycle API management platform offers these benefits by including functionality for developers to easily discover and use APIs, while also enabling organizations to control access, analyze usage, and enforce security & governance policies of APIs.
In effect, API management platforms are used to govern an enterprise’s entire API ecosystem, managing the API lifecycle from beginning to end.
What are API management tools?
Multilayer security and privacy
API management tools make it easier to secure APIs because they often include identity and access management features, and can help manage encryption keys and configure governance policies.
Easy detection of API anomalies
API management products leverage AI-powered automation that make it easier to predict traffic patterns, and to detect and respond to anomalies in real time.
API catalogs can be hosted on the cloud to reach a global audience of developers whether they are internal, external, or a mixture.
Performance and reliability
API management platforms can be connected to other aspects of the cloud, such as Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), to provide increased performance and reliability across the globe.
Unlock legacy applications
Deliver new experiences and services with an API management platform as an abstraction layer on top of existing services, and easily connect legacy technologies to new cloud-native systems and products via hybrid API architectures.
Create new business channels
Monetize valuable data and services by making them available to developers as APIs.