IBM API Connect features

API creation and runtime management

Use automated, visual, and coding options to rapidly generate Swagger compliant APIs from backend sources.  Using API Designer, you can create a REST API using the LoopBack Node.js framework.  You can use Docker to manage the runtime of Node.js, Swift, and Java microservices.  Iteratively design and test APIs thereby shortening development cycles.

Security and API management

Set up access control over APIs for both API providers and consumers by using role-based permissions, API packaging constructs, and subscription and community management.  Enforce built-in and user-defined policies at runtime.  Monitor the set of rules and conditions that govern the API to ensure it is fulfilling its intended purpose, and make adjustments if necessary.  Retire and archive API’s when appropriate.

API monetization

Configure key billing and payment options to enable various API pricing models, while having the flexibility to use the OOTB billing system or integrate with your organizations existing billing system.  Choose from commonly used charge models, such as freemium, flat or usage-based, and easily configure product pricing without having to write any custom code.

Flexible deployment and licensing

API Connect uses a modern, cloud-native, design based on a microservices and Docker for hyper scale and high performance.  It can be utilized as a SaaS service or a customer managed deployment on cloud of choice, on-or-off-premises.  It’s available with hybrid cloud licensing for on-and-off-premises deployments with a single license.

Built-in analytics

Access API usage analytics for both API providers and consumers, with runtime and historical reporting on usage patterns and performance metrics and customizable dashboards and easy offloading to third party tools.  You can filter, sort, and aggregate your API event data, and then present the results within correlated charts, tables, and maps to help you make informed decisions.  Gain insights into which APIs are having the largest impact on your organization's API Program.

Developer portal

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Socialize APIs from to internal and external developer communities by using the single, self-service developer portal, with governance and control.  You can customize the developer portal for your application developers.  The developer portal also provides additional features including forums, blogs, comments, and ratings, together with an administrative interface for customization.

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