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NEW: Overview of GraphQL Query Parsing and Caching at the Edge

Get the scale your global APIs need.

An API gateway provides a unified entry point for all API consumers and governs all API traffic. However, there are challenges: API gateways are difficult to scale and are often restricted to a single data center or region.

To meet these challenges, Akamai API Gateway offloads API governance to the edge. This converts every one of Akamai’s globally distributed edge servers into an API gateway to maximize the scalability and reliability of your API authentication, authorization, and quota management policies.

Here are five of Akamai API Gateway's key capabilities for API developers:

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GraphQL caching

GraphQL is a query language for APIs that allows developers to fetch only the data needed with a single round-trip to the server. However, there is no native caching capability in the GraphQL spec. API Gateway gives you the ability to cache GraphQL responses so you can reduce fetches to the databases and microservices below the GraphQL server.

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Scalable access control

Scalable access control

Ensure the right users access your APIs at the edge instead of at origin. API Gateway lets you authenticate with API keys or authorize requests with JSON Web Tokens (JWT). New OAuth 2.0 support provides secure, delegated access to your API, eliminating the need for users to provide usernames and passwords (and the need for you to store those credentials securely).

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User quota enforcement

User quota enforcement

API Gateway lets you set request quotas at the user or application level, enforce lifetime call volume by key, enable tier access, and enforce business SLAs.

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Swagger and RAML

DevOps-ready

Create your API definition or import your OpenAPI 3.0 or RAML API definitions to get going quickly. Automate your API deployment by seamlessly snapping into your existing DevOps workflow using Akamai's rich set of administrative APIs.

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Supercharged APIs

Supercharged APIs

Unlock your API’s full potential when you couple it with other Akamai solutions. For example, you can protect your APIs from malicious traffic with Akamai’s Kona Site Defender, and add caching and protocol optimizations with Akamai Ion.

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Deploying your APIs on Akamai can be done in five easy steps:

 

  1. Add API Gateway to your contract
    Use Marketplace in Luna to add API Gateway to an existing delivery product. After two clicks, you're done. API Gateway will be on your contract within an hour.

  2. Add the API Gateway behavior in Property Manager
    API Gateway runs atop Akamai's delivery products, unlocking all the benefits of routing and acceleration. Add the API Gateway behavior at the top level of your delivery configuration, and push it to production.

  3. Import a Swagger or RAML file
    If you're writing Swagger or RAML definition documents for your API, point Akamai to your definition file. API Gateway will instantaneously identify everything about your API and how it's constructed - no manual configuration of endpoints and resources needed.

  4. Push your API to the network
    Configure API Gateway with the settings you need and push your configuration out to our network. That’s it! You can start making requests to see the power of the Akamai Intelligent Platform.

  5. CNAME your API to Akamai
    Make a DNS change to ensure that Akamai edge servers are answering requests for your API domain name. API Gateway does the heavy lifting by locating the edge server closest to the API client.

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