Definition

Apigee

Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn

Apigee, pronounced App-ih-gee, is an API gateway management tool offered by Google to exchange data across cloud services and applications. Since many sites and services are delivered by way of RESTful APIs, API gateways are used to connect these sites and services in order to provide data feeds and bolster communication abilities. Apigee is one tool that can manage the API gateway and make it easier to produce and deploy modern, developer-friendly apps.

Developers creating connected apps, companies updating legacy applications and others facilitating data transfer between applications and services can use Apigee. Google provides demo videos on how Apigee works on the Google Cloud website. The platform is also available in an evaluation option to try it for free.

Features of Apigee

Apigee can be purchased through a subscription model that gives access to the API management platform. A few features of the product include:

  • Connects a modern user interface to legacy data stores.
  • Automates the development of API documentation and software development kits.
  • Supports hybrid cloud and multi-cloud
  • Harnesses machine learning and analytics to generate actionable insights.
  • Offers monitoring tools for API troubleshooting, security and optimization.
  • Ability to scale as needed.

Additionally, subscribers can purchase add-ons that help developers monetize APIs, follow compliance and deploy to multiple environments.

History

The free, cloud-based API management tool, Apigee, was developed by Sonoa Systems and released as a public beta in 2009. Sonoa Systems rebranded in 2010, changing the company name to Apigee to reflect its core product offering. Apigee also became a founding member of the OpenAPI initiative, sponsored by the Linux Foundation, in 2015.

In 2016, Google purchased Apigee to expand its API management offerings. Users of Apigee include AccuWeather, Target, 20th Century Fox, Twitter, the American Cancer Society, PayPal and Bloomberg. Apigee was declared a leader in 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for full lifecycle API management for the 3rd consecutive year.

This was last updated in August 2019

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