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Azure API Management: Benefits of Azure API Management, and how to create an API instance in Azure

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Azure API Management is a fully managed service provided by Microsoft that allows developers to create, publish, and manage APIs. It provides features such as security, caching, rate limiting, and analytics, and allows for the creation of developer portals to enable easy discovery and consumption of APIs. Additionally, it allows for the creation of custom policies to apply custom logic to API requests and responses, and it can be used to create and manage APIs that are hosted on Azure or other platforms. It also allows you to monetize your API and generate revenue by implementing usage plans with different pricing tiers. Other useful articles can be found here : Azure: What is Hybrid Benefit? and Azure Monitor also Virtual Machine Scale Set and How to Mount an ISO image in Windows 10 and 11 and How to Find a User’s Security Identifier (SID) in Windows and How to share an app window on Microsoft Teams and How to install Googler on a Linux System

Benefits of Azure API Management

Security: Azure API Management provides built-in security features such as authentication, authorization, and encryption to protect APIs from unauthorized access.

Scalability: The service is fully managed and can automatically scale to handle large amounts of traffic.

Analytics: Azure API Management provides detailed analytics and reporting to help organizations understand how their APIs are being used, identify issues, and improve performance.

Monetization: Azure API Management allows organizations to monetize their APIs by implementing usage plans with different pricing tiers.

Developer portal: Azure API Management allows organizations to create a developer portal to enable easy discovery and consumption of APIs by external and internal developers.

Integration: Azure API Management can integrate with other Azure services, such as Azure Logic Apps, Azure Functions, and Azure Event Grid, to provide additional functionality.

Customizable: Azure API Management provides a wide range of customization options, including the ability to create custom policies to apply custom logic to API requests and responses.

Hybrid: It allows you to manage your APIs across multiple environments, including cloud and on-premises.

Multi-Cloud Support: It supports multiple cloud environments, including Azure, AWS, and GCP.

Components of Azure Api Management

Azure API Management consists of several components. All these components work together to provide a complete solution for creating, publishing, and managing APIs. They can be managed and configured through Azure Portal, ARM templates, and Azure CLI.These components include:

API Gateway: The API Gateway is the core component of Azure API Management that handles incoming API requests and applies policies to them. It also manages security, caching, and rate limiting.

Developer portal: The developer portal is a web-based portal that allows external and internal developers to discover and consume APIs. It provides documentation, samples, and other information to help developers understand and use the APIs.

Analytics and reporting: Azure API Management provides detailed analytics and reporting that allow organizations to understand how their APIs are being used, identify issues, and improve performance.

Security: Azure API Management provides built-in security features such as authentication, authorization, and encryption to protect APIs from unauthorized access.

Policy engine: The policy engine is a component that allows organizations to apply custom logic to API requests and responses using a set of predefined policies.

Management and administration: Azure API Management provides a set of management and administration features that allow organizations to create, publish, and manage APIs.

Monetization: Azure API Management allows organizations to monetize their APIs by implementing usage plans with different pricing tiers.

Multi-Cloud Support: Azure API Management allows organizations to manage APIs across multiple cloud environments, including Azure, AWS, and GCP.

Create your API instance with these steps:

Step1 : Search for Api Management in Azure market place and select from the list of search results & click create

1.-search
search & select api management from the list of options

Step 2. Enter your project details, this would be your resource group and subscription

2.-project-details
project details

Step 3. Enter your instance details , this would be the name of the resource, location and emails

3.-instance-details
instance details

Step 4. select your pricing Tier

4.-pricing-tier
pricing tier

Step 5. Click Review and Create to validate your selection

5.-review-1
review + create

Step 6. Since Validation passed, click on create

6.-create

Step7. Wait for the deployment to be completed, this might take more than 30 minutes

7.-deployment-in-progress

Step 8. When the Deployment complete , you will recieve a notification in the email provided during instance creation

8.-notification
notification
8b.-go-to-res
Go to Resource

Step 9. View your APi instance

9.-Api-instance-1
Api instance

Step 10. Click on APIs on the left hand side to start creating APIs

10.-click-api
available api creation options

Step 11. Define a new API by clicking any of the options available, we can also choose to create from definition

11-create-api
Http api creation

12. View the API created

12.created
created

13. Create an API from Open API specification

Settings Value
OpenAPI specificationhttps://conferenceapi.azurewebsites.net?format=json

Other values will be automatically populated if we fill what’s specified in the table correctly except product, which you have to select either starter or unlimited, after this, click on create

13.-open-api-1
create api
14.-created-1
api created

We can even test the API created.

15.-test
test

Summary

Developers can create, publish, and manage APIs using the completely managed service Azure API Management offered by Microsoft. In this, article we discussed the components and benefits of the plaform and how to create and test an API using it.

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