API-first SaaS business model
Adapt, evolve, and allow faster innovation to turn opportunities into strategic advantages.
- Create API gateway and developer portal in minutes and publish APIs easily for internal or external use
- Handle any data schema and adapt quickly to rapid changes
- Connect to back-end services anywhere and manage, secure, and optimize all APIs in one place
The data flows through the solution as follows:
- API is defined by API developers and published via the API Management portal
- Application developers define the microservices and associated logic and deploy to Kubernetes
- API users (internal and/or external) use the API developer portal to learn about the API and use them in their applications
- Applications access APIs via the API Gateway
- API Gateway, after ensuring the API request meets security and other policies e.g. throttling, forwards the request to service running in Kubernetes
The example scenario uses several Azure components:
- Azure Kubernetes Service: The fully managed Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) makes deploying and managing containerized applications easy
- Azure API Management: Selectively expose data and services to the outside world and manage incoming API calls
- Azure Cosmos DB: A fully managed database service with turnkey global distribution and transparent multi-primary replication.
- Azure SQL Database: A fully managed relational database with built-in intelligence.
- Azure Storage: Azure Storage offers a durable, highly available, massively scalable cloud storage solution and includes object, file, disk, queue, and table storage.
- Azure Functions: An event-driven serverless compute platform that can also solve complex orchestration problems.