APIs bring applications together seamlessly, and the Microsoft Azure API Management platform makes doing so fast, cost-effective, and more secure. The ability to manage and control the entire API ecosystem through one avenue enables enterprises to work more effectively and succeed in their business.
Azure API Management benefits
Two of the greatest benefits of an Azure API Management Solution are improved communication across apps and increased business agility.
Improved communication across apps – Application Performance Interfaces (APIs) have changed how we build applications and how applications communicate with each other. They give enterprises the agility to cost-effectively incorporate new services and updates in their IP infrastructures.
Increased business agility – Nearly every Software as a Service (SaaS) platform exposes APIs so enterprises and app developers can quickly integrate their solutions. However, it is difficult to organize the immense proliferation of APIs without an API management solution, which makes the necessary agility possible.
In addition, API Management Systems offer:
Granular scaling – Individual microservices that can be updated on their own schedule.
Simplicity – Smaller services that make it easier to expedite development, testing, debugging, and launching of products.
Azure API Management System advantages
Azure API Management System solutions offer the following advantages:
Standardized and connected APIs – The API manager will normalize and perform the different conversions needed when connected to various SOAP or REST APIs with disparate messaging protocols.
Advanced monitoring – API management tools offer easier troubleshooting with advanced monitoring through logging and audit trail features. Logging allows you to target system problems before they become full-blown failures or outages. Audit trails help you discover what went wrong after a serious problem has occurred.
Organized catalogs of useful APIs – An API management platform organizes the most useful APIs into a readily accessible catalog. Like a product catalog, it includes a variety of API listings that developers can choose from when creating an application including how to use, reuse, and discover new APIs and services. Developers can rapidly leverage and reuse services and solutions for different business projects.
Loosely coupled architecture – A tightly coupled application design uses interdependencies between the individual components of the system. As a result, one part of a tightly coupled system may not be able to be upgraded without negatively impacting other parts.
For example, most mobile apps, are tightly coupled to the REST APIs they depend on for operation. This is because developers usually create server-side APIs specific to each mobile app project meaning that every new application needs a custom, purpose-built REST API in a tightly coupled design. The architecture then lacks scalability, reliability, and security.
Loosely coupled architecture offers optimal flexibility and reusability when components are added, replaced, or modified and avoids interdependency.
Great developer tools – Ultimately, API management gives developers the tools they need to achieve greater agility, cost-effectiveness, scalability, reliability, and security when developing apps and business systems.
Greater API security – Azure API Management has a range of security options that create a barrier around sensitive data using authorization keys, back-end API security, client certificates, and APIM to back-end API Mutual certification.
The TwoConnect Solution!
If you want to pursue whether an Azure API Management solution is right for you and how TwoConnect can help, read about TwoConnect’s integration solutions using Azure API.