IBM API Connect is an end-to-end API management solution that allows users to create, secure, manage, socialize, monetize, analyze, test, and monitor 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.


API Connect Capabilities

API Connect V2018 is based on a microservice architecture that allows incredible deployment flexibility.  API Connect can be deployed on-premise, in the cloud, or in a mixed multi-cloud and on-premise environment.  It can also be configured for high availability and in a multi-data center configuration.  All these options lead to questions on how to do this and what are the recommended best practices.

 

Recently Chris Phillips (@cminion) and Aiden Gallagher (@GallagherAiden) authored a comprehensive technical whitepaper to help clients understand the best practices, considerations, and deployment options for API Connect.  The paper covers 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. The target audience for the paper is Solution and Integration Architects.

 

The paper covers the following main topics:
API Connect Component Diagram

  • Introduction to define terminology and personas
  • API Connect components overview
  • Deployment options including Kubernetes and appliance options
  • Terms and naming conventions including API development, API topology, consumer components, and the Developer Portal
  • Isolation and environment segregation covering API providers, API consumers, Gateways, and the Developer Portal
  • Deploying for high availability
  • Multi-Data center deployment patterns
  • Kubernetes deployment considerations
  • Kubernetes storage considerations

 

This paper is a must read for all API Connect V2018 customers.  Please access the paper here.

 

To understand more about IBM’s thoughts on Digital Business and the API Economy visit the IBM API Economy website.  IBM API Connect is IBM’s complete foundation to Create, Secure, Manage, Test, and Monitor APIs.  You can find more information about IBM API Connect at the API Connect website.  And you can also experience a trial version of API Connect.

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