IBM API Connect is an end-to-end solution that allows users to create, secure, manage, socialize, monetize, and analyze APIs. It provides a powerful set of capabilities for turning backend RESTful, SOAP, or GraphQL 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.
This paper is a technical deep dive on the deployment options of the product. For high level information on API Connect please visit our Marketing pages (https://www.ibm.com/cloud/api-connect ) or the Knowledge Center (https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSMNED_v10/mapfiles/getting_started.html). The sections in the paper cover 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. It targets Solution and Integration Architects.
The supported software and hardware for API Connect deployments is available through the software compatibility reports, by searching for API Connect: https://www.ibm.com/software/reports/compatibility/clarity/softwareReqsForProduct.html