Feature spotlights

Faster design, development and deployment

Design and deploy APIs from existing business assets or cloud services through a no-coding, configuration-based approach. Get your APIs to market quickly with the ability to create, test, deploy and publish them to a customizable, self-service portal.

Automated API creation and runtime management

IBM® API Connect™ uses automated model-driven API creation and discovery from systems of records. Runtime management of Node.js, Swift and Java microservices happens through Docker.

Advanced security and management

This software includes security, traffic management and mediation policies to securely expose APIs to enterprise system of records. You can manage APIs, versions, lifecycle, subscription plans and subscribers.

Increase revenue and productivity

You can socialize APIs from multiple departments into a single, self-service developer portal, with governance and control. Created in API analytics, customizable dashboards are offered that allow easy offloading to third party tools. Monetization capabilities to track revenue through API channels are included.

Flexible deployment and licensing

Take advantage of modern, cloud-native design based on microservices and Docker for hyper scale and high performance. You can use IBM API Connect as a SaaS service or a customer-managed deployment on your cloud of choice, on-or-off-premises. Deploy hybrid cloud licenses on-and-off-premises with a single license.

Seamless integration with IBM DataPower Gateway

IBM DataPower® Gateway serves as the enterprise-grade, field-proven, security-rich API Gateway available in multiple form factors. It provides a highly performant and scalable gateway with a set of built-in policies for security, traffic management and mediation. It provides security policies to protect against threats, authenticate users, manage traffic and more. It is the API gateway for API Connect.

A global network of partners

Working with IBM Business Partners gives you access to the technology, services and best practices to make your IT goals a reality. These partners can help provide a scalable solution that can maintain performance, efficiency and manageability as data grows. Visit our PartnerWorld site and search on API Connect for a business partner near you.

Customer case studies

  • Walmart uses APIs to accelerate development and time to market

    Read the case study
  • YES BANK in the API economy

  • KS2 Technologies accelerates solution design and delivery with IBM Cloud

Technical details

Software requirements

For use on Microsoft Internet Explorer V11, Mozilla Firefox 38, Google Chrome 45 and Safari 9.0. Use one of the following hosting environments: VMWare ESXi 6.0, VMWare Workstation 11.0 or Citrix XenServer 6.5. For SOAP Service discovery, IBM WebSphere® Service Registry and Repository V7.0 and later is required.

Use of the API toolkit requires the following software installed on your workstation: One of the following operating systems: Microsoft Windows 7 or later, RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 or later, SUSE Enterprise Linux Server (SLES) 12 or later, Ubuntu LTS 14.04 or later, OS X 10.10 or later, node.js at a minimum of V0.12.0.

Refer to https://nodejs.org/en/ for more information. Refer to the IBM Support Portal for the most current software requirements for API Connect V5.0. Type "API Connect" into the "Full or partial product name" box, then select "V5.0.x" in the "Version" box.

    Hardware requirements

    All API Connect editions integrate with DataPower Gateway appliances with a minimum firmware level of V7.5 to act as the API gateway. The IBM DataPower Gateway Application Optimization module is required and included for use with API Connect. These DataPower appliances can be either physical or virtual appliances and can be any of the following:

    IBM DataPower Gateway, IBM DataPower Gateway Virtual Edition, IBM WebSphere® DataPower Service Gateway XG45, IBM WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI52, IBM WebSphere DataPower B2B Appliance XB62, IBM WebSphere DataPower Service Gateway XG45 Virtual Edition or IBM WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance XI52 Virtual Edition.

    Refer to the IBM Support Portal for the most current hardware requirements for API Connect V5.0. Type "API Connect" in the "Full or partial product name" box, then select "V5.0.x" in the "Version" box.

      Technical specifications

      Use one of the following hosting environments: VMWare ESXi 5.0, VMWare Workstation 8.0, Citrix XenServer 6.2 or IBM PureApplication® System W1500 1.1.

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