What is a fully-managed API?
A fully-managed API is an API (application programming interface) offered as a complete, end-to-end solution by the API provider.
By managing the API, the provider handles all aspects of infrastructure, maintenance, and support for the API. This frees up developers and businesses from handling these tasks themselves, which can be complex.
API management involves creating, publishing, and overseeing API connections within an enterprise or multi-cloud environment. It ensures the API is part of a scalable, unified platform that allows systems to exchange and use API configurations without interrupting the user experience. This entails collecting API analytics, enforcing API security protocols, and ensuring the scalability of the API.
Benefits of fully-managed API
Infrastructure management: The provider of a fully-managed APII handles the infrastructure needed to run the API, including servers, storage, and networks.
Maintenance: The service provider ensures that API infrastructure remains secure, updated, and runs optimally. This can include bug fixes, security patches, and feature enhancements.
Scalability: Fully-managed APIs are designed to be scalable. The service provider manages resource scaling to match demand, ensuring the API can handle increased traffic and user load.
Security: The API provider should offer robust security measures that protect the API and its data, such as encryption, authentication, access controls, and compliance with relevant industry standards and regulations.
Monitoring and analytics: A fully-managed API platform provides monitoring and analytics, allowing a business to track performance using key metrics, identify bottlenecks, and optimize the app with insights into usage patterns.
Support and documentation: Technical support, troubleshooting, and clear, comprehensive documentation is available to help users and developers to understand and use the API effectively.
Fully-managed APIs reduce the complexity of using and integrating APIs. They allow a business to avoid the operational overhead of building or maintaining its own APIs, helping to save time, money, and accelerate the time to market. Sendbird and other leading in-app communications platforms offer a variety of fully-managed APIs, including in-app chat and calling.
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