Oracle today expanded Oracle Cloud Platform’s integration offerings with the availability of Oracle API Platform Cloud Service. Bringing together leading API-first design and governance capabilities from recently acquired Apiary and API management from Oracle, the new cloud service delivers end-to-end capabilities for designing, prototyping, documenting, testing, and managing the proliferation of critical APIs. Through a completely new and simplified API management experience, users can easily support changing business demands while having clear visibility into who is using APIs for better control, security, and monetization of digital assets.
“Data is the new corporate currency and APIs are critical to business modernization and agility, enabling users to easily connect and share key information across applications and devices – mobile, IoT, in the cloud or on-premises,” said Amit Zavery, senior vice president, Oracle Cloud Platform. “The Oracle API Platform Cloud enables developers to capitalize on new opportunities by enabling users to simply and securely manage the entire lifecycle of their APIs.”
Part of the Oracle Cloud Platform, Oracle API Platform Cloud Service is designed to eliminate the complexities associated with transforming on-premises API solutions into the cloud, so companies can thrive in the digital economy. Users can grant external developers and partners access to data locked behind firewalls, inside applications, and within data stores, enabling them to power a larger community to innovate and develop new monetization strategies. It also empowers developers to manage different interfaces for a variety of audiences using advanced, but easy-to-use, API management capabilities.
“As organizations continue to adopt not one but multiple cloud vendors, information has never been more federated. Real time access to such assets via APIs has therefore become a priority for our customers,” said Luis Weir, Chief Architect, Application Services, Capgemini UK. “Oracle API Platform Cloud Service delivers a pure-play third-generation API solution capable of creating and managing APIs that run in any vendor’s cloud and/or on-premises – while keeping the entire platform operations and API lifecycle central in the Oracle Cloud. The incorporation of Apiary into the platform, only makes it better as developers also get the tools they need to ensure that those APIs are well designed, documented and are easy to consume.”
“Customers want to unlock the value in their systems by delivering APIs to internal developers and even customers to re-invent and remix critical business functions,” said Steve Giovannetti, CTO and Founder, Hub City Media. “Oracle API Platform Cloud reduces the administrative burden of launching services by handling API discovery, security, throttling, and versioning in an innovative hybrid cloud solution.”
“Trunk Club has been able to develop new solutions quickly with Oracle Apiary,” said Brian Lee, engineering manager at Trunk Club. “Originally, a lack of API documentation left a lot of room for interpretation, but since implementing Oracle Apiary, API documentation has been a game changer. Front-end and back-end teams have been able to focus on better API design, and the integrated mock server has allowed us to develop in parallel. Not only has development time gone down, but using Oracle Apiary also brought the architecture and payload discussion earlier in the development process, making it easier for us to collaborate across teams and platforms.”
Key capabilities in the Oracle API Platform Cloud Service include:
- Design: Collaborate company and customer requirements via API Descriptions and Build API semantic guides for governance and control.
- Build: Create APIs on top of existing services to enable access to data formerly locked inside legacy apps and data stores.
- Secure: Assign industry-standard security and threat protection to APIs with no coding, including OAuth 2.0, IP filtering, and rate limiting.
- Hybrid Deployment: Choose to deploy the gateway on-premises, in Oracle Cloud or through third-party clouds with the ease of a single-click. Create API policy once, deploy everywhere – a rich lifecycle management tool.
- Publish: Browse a comprehensive list of proven APIs from Oracle, the community, and your own organization.
- Consume: Register third-party apps easily to allow them the same seamless API utilization as pre-loaded Oracle SaaS APIs.
- Monitor: View operational API metrics on a single dashboard to take action quickly.
When used in combination with Oracle’s larger cloud portfolio, Oracle API Platform Cloud can deliver API management as part of a comprehensive and unified PaaS solution to simplify the use of API-related tools including identity management, process management, content management, integration and applications development.
Oracle Apiary solution, including the free version, will also continue to be offered as a standalone service.