APIs in Action
A guide to monitoring APIs for performance
Thanks to the rise of microservices, the spread
of single page web apps and the continued dominance
of native mobile apps, APIs are the unsung heroes of
the modern web.
Early on, APIs proved a way for businesses to
differentiate themselves and integrate with other
systems, but some argue that they didn’t become
completely mainstream until the rise of social media.
As social media networks grew and gained more
consumer users, businesses began building and
leveraging APIs to allow users to share and embed
content into streams of social media interactions.
Today we use APIs to connect between multiple
social media platforms — for example, posting from
Instagram to Facebook or Twitter — or to connect to
sets of data, such as pinning our location on a map
so that we can check in or hail a ride. Many web and
mobile apps that we use today are built on top of other
APIs, such that they’re tightly dependent on those
APIs performing and returning data correctly, quickly,
securely and reliably.
Because APIs drive modern applications and
infrastructure, it’s critical that we monitor APIs
In this white paper we’ll help you understand the basic
functions of APIs, why it’s important to monitor APIs,
and what types of features you should look for when