What is API Connect?

Application programming interfaces (API) are the digital glue that links services, applications, sensors and mobile devices to create compelling customer experiences and help businesses tap into new market opportunities. They allow you to bring new digital services to market, open revenue channels and exceed customer expectations.

IBM® API Connect is an API management solution that addresses critical aspects of the API lifecycle for both on-premises and cloud environments providing the capability to create, run, manage and secure APIs and microservices.

The benefits of API Connect

  • Create high-quality, scalable and secure APIs for application servers, databases, enterprise service buses (ESB) and mainframes in minutes.
  • Take advantage of integrated tooling to build, debug and deploy APIs and microservices using the Node.js or Java.
  • Create and manage portals that allow developers to quickly discover and consume APIs and securely access enterprise data, and monitor APIs to improve performance.
  • Administrators can manage security and governance over APIs and the microservices. IT can set and enforce API policies to secure back-end information assets and comply with governance and regulatory mandates.

“We’re building out a platform, a Cloud platform if you will, that’s driven by APIs. APIs are everything going forward.”

Rich Jackson, Technical Expert in Infrastructure and Platform Services,

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Simplify your journey to the API economy

Designed for organizations looking to streamline and accelerate their journey into the API economy, API Connect is a comprehensive management solution that addresses all four aspects of the API lifecycle: create, run, manage and secure. This makes API Connect far more cost-effective than limited point solutions that focus on just a few lifecycle phases and can end up collectively costing more as organizations piece components together.

Features of API Connect include:

  • An end-to-end integrated experience across the API lifecycle, including API and microservice creation, that can reduce costs and simplify application development.
  • Automated API creation and discovery from systems of record for fast time to market.
  • Self-service access to APIs to speed discovery and consumption by developers, while providing security and governance controls for IT operations.
  • Unified management and administration of Node.js and Java plus support for multiple development languages and frameworks to enhance developer productivity and reduce dependence on central IT.
  • Hybrid cloud licensing for seamless platform flexibility and lower cost of ownership.
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Editions and pricing

  Essentials Professional Enterprise
Pricing 0.00 USD
Starting at $2,500 USD per Month
Starting at $10,000 USD per Month
API Calls per Month 50,000 5 Million 25 Million
Support Community Forums IBM Support 24 x 7 IBM Support 24 x 7
High Availability N/A Yes, single datacenter up to 2 servers Advanced, multi-server, multi-datacenter
Analytics Yes Yes Advanced
API Gateway Policies Yes Yes Advanced
Number of API Application Developers Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Number of APIs & Products Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Cloud infrastructure on IBM Cloud3 Included Included Included
Data transfer on IBM Cloud3 Included Included Included
Deployment Option Client or IBM managed Client or IBM managed Client or IBM managed
API Connect Create for Node.js (Java4) Included Included Included
Connectors for Pre-production Basic1 and Advanced2 Advanced2 Advanced2
Connectors for Production Basic1 Advanced2 Advanced2
Additional API Calls per Month N/A Per 100K API calls/month Per 100K API calls/month

1. Basic Connectors: REST, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Redis, Couchbase, IBM Cloudant, Neo4j, Apache Kafka, z/OS Connect, Whisk, Memory, Mail

2. Advanced Connectors: Basic Connectors + IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, SAP HANA, SOAP

3. Get a % of API call volume of Professional and Enterprise on Bluemix with no additional charge for cloud infrastructure and data transfer cost. Contact us for more details.

4. For Java, each subscription includes a maximum of 200 PVUs of WebSphere Liberty Core within Professional or Enterprise. For Essentials, use Liberty trial


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