IBM API Connect is an end-to-end solution that allows users to create, secure, manage, socialize, monetize and analyze APIs. It provides a powerful set of capabilities from turning backend RESTFUL or SOAP services into managed services. This is done by publishing APIs to API Gateways, while enforcing lifecycle and governance controls on those APIs. API Connect enables users to expose APIs, through a developer portal, targeting application developers both inside and outside their organization. Additionally, the solution’s analytics tooling helps API providers and API consumers better understand the health and consumption of deployed APIs.
The major components of API Connect, as well as considerations for configuring different clouds and environments within API Connect so that users can be successful in their API strategies. It targets Solution and Integration Architects.
The Management Service provides two functional roles. The API Manager and the Cloud Manager.
The API Gateway Serviceis the runtime component. It is responsible for responding to incoming API requests from client applications:
The Analytics Service is deployed separately from the API Manager. The Analytics Service is built on top of Elastic Stack and provides the following:
The Developer Portal Service is the component through which APIs are socialized to application developers. The following functionality is provided:
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