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API Gateway

The miniOrange API Gateway is an API management tool that makes it easy to create, authenticate, restrict IP, route, load balance, monitor, and secure APIs of any scale. It is a fully managed service in which APIs serve as the "front door" to your backend services, allowing applications to access data, business logic, and functionality. API Gateway can be used to provide RESTful and WebSocket APIs for applications that require real-time, two-way communication. API Gateway now supports web apps in addition to serverless and containerized workloads.

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What is an API Gateway?



The API Gateway manages all of the functionalities involved in accepting and processing hundreds of thousands of concurrent API calls, including traffic management, CORS support, authorization, access control, throttling, monitoring, and API version management.

All API requests made by clients are received by an API gateway, which uses request composition, request routing, and protocol translation to direct them to the proper microservice. In order to decide the optimal course of action, it often processes a request by calling numerous microservices and aggregating the responses. It can translate between internal protocols that are utilised and web-incompatible protocols.



Why use an API Gateway?





Enterprise APIs are typically deployed through API gateways. User authentication, API Management, rate limits, and statistics are common duties that API gateways take care of on behalf of a system of API services.

In addition to traffic management, CORS support, authorization, access control, API throttling, monitoring, and API management, API Gateway throttling handles all the tasks involved in accepting and processing hundreds of thousands of concurrent API calls.

An API management service essentially receives a remote request and responds to it. But when you host large-scale APIs, take into account your numerous issues.

You utilise a rate limiter and an authentication service to safeguard your APIs from misuse and abuse.

User Authentication & Rate Limiting


Traffic Analytics & API Routing


Analytics and monitoring tools are added to know how people are using your APIs. You should link to a billing system if your APIs are paid for. If you've chosen a microservices architecture, a single request can require calling hundreds of different services.

Your clients will still want to be able to access all of your services in one location even when you add new API services over time and retire others.

Incoming requests are intercepted by the API gateway throttling and sent to the API management system, which handles a variety of essential functions.

Some common functions of the API gateway include authentication, routing, API throttling, rate limiting, monitoring, analytics, policies, alerts, protocol transformation, aggregation, authorization brokering, and security.


Top 6 Benefits of API Gateway





Adaptive MFA Features

Efficient API management and development

Route,authenticate, monitor,test, and deploy new versions by running copies of the same API jointly with API Gateway throttling. There is no minimum fee or prior commitment.

Reduce round trips

Data from many providers may need to be combined at some API endpoints. This aggregation can be done by API gateways, saving the client from having to make a lot of difficult call chains and cutting down on round trips.

Performance at any scale

API Gateway gives API requests and responses with the lowest latency. Authorize and Authenticate API calls to verify all backend activities can handle traffic peaks and backend services aren't used often.

Easy monitoring

You can track all your API calls to services by using the API Gateway dashboard to monitor performance metrics, data latency, and error rates for better API management.

RESTful API options

The "option" method in a restful API returns information about APIs (methods and content types), so this is required for API proxy functionality and administration features in a single solution.

API Protocol Transformation and Brokering

When you need an API management gateway to modify incoming requests before sending them to backend services, the API gateway can modify responses returned from backend services.




Features


API Gateway Logging & Monitoring

Logging and Monitoring

Logging and monitoring tools are added to know how people are using your APIs.You can keep an eye on your API using these usage and performance indicators.

API Gateway Load Balancing

Load Balancing

Load balancing guarantees that no server is overwhelmed by distributing APIs among numerous servers. It manages and balances out the network traffic

API Gateway Rate Limiting

Rate Limiting

The number of API requests that a client can make in a specific amount of time is known as a rate limit.The program or client may be throttled if restriction is exceeded.

API Gateway User Authentication

Authenticate & Authorize

Different methods of authentication, such as username and password, API keys, OAuth, OpenID Connect are supported.

API Gateway Analytics

Analytics

Analytics in API Gateway show insights about how your APIs are performing and how they are being used.

API Gateway Data Aggregation

API Aggregation

Client-side API calls have decreased. Clients simply need to call a gateway, and the gateway will then call a number of backend APIs before returning the results.

API Gateway Protocol Transformation

Protocol Transformation

Modify API requests from clients before they reach the backend, and change the response from integrations before API responses.

API Gateway Brokering

API Authorization Brokering

API Gateway has an intermediate registration and certification authority that can authenticate APIs.

API Gateway Caching

Caching

API Gateway responds from the cache instead of making a new request.







How does API Gateway throttling work?



The API Gateway architecture is depicted in this diagram. The miniOrange API Gateway's ability to accept and process up to hundreds of thousands of API calls simultaneously is depicted in this diagram. These duties include managing traffic, controlling access and authorisation, monitoring, and managing API versions.


For applications, API Gateway serves as the "front door”. There are numerous data exchange processes involved in application usage and testing. Such communication calls for in-depth planning. The API gateway functions as a central platform for accepting different API queries in order to resolve the problem.


Several API calls are combined, authenticated, and directed to the appropriate APIs during the process. It creates an appropriate gateway for requests made by particular microservices in the microservices ecosystem. Additionally, it establishes accessibility and conduct standards. Additionally, API gateways perform tasks including service discovery, API protocol translation, business logic processing, API throttling, cache management, network traffic support, and API monitoring.

API Gateway example:

Let’s take an example to understand the use case. Suppose there is a Banking System, In which there are various APIs involved. But the System takes too much time to load and process data. To overcome this issue, API gateway throttling will be used. The API Gateway will be placed in front of all APIs so that whenever a request is made, the software will respond by calling various microservices and combining the results to choose the fastest way possible. In this scenario, API management will help to boost and accelerate the delivery of the APIs and help to monitor the performance and information of the APIs.






 API Gateway Working


Frequently Asked Questions


Why the miniOrange API Gateway?

We provide higher performance and a lower round-trip time than any other gateway, along with various security features like rate limiting, authentication, load balancing, etc.

How many types of API calls are supported by miniOrange Gateway?

We do support all three types of API calls such as REST API, HTTP API, WebSocket API

How can I monitor our APIs from the miniOrange API Gateway?

All API calls, latency, and error rates are logged by API Gateway and displayed in your miniOrange account dashboard. API Gateway also tracks third-party developers' usage.

Can I impose a rate limit on specific developers using my APIs?

Yes, we did provide a throttling API feature after the rate limit was reached to preserve the performance and availability of your backend services. API traffic is regulated.

What kinds of authentication are supported by the miniOrange API Gateway?

We support HTTP basic authentication, Oauth, openID etc.