API Management

Microsoft Azure API Management is a turnkey solution for publishing APIs to external and internal consumers. Quickly create consistent and modern API gateways for existing backend services hosted anywhere, secure and protect them from abuse and overuse, and gain insights into usage and health. Plus, automate and scale developer onboarding to help get your API program up and running in no time.

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  1. Socket (full-duplex) support in addition to HTTP

    Having the ability to regulate and monitor HTTP services with API Management is great. Wouldn't it also make sense to offer the same for web sockets (or SignalR hubs, etc.) so we can let devs hookup into stream of events (live-data) instead of polling with REST calls?

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    17 comments  ·  Defining APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Integrate WebHooks

    managing webhooks under api management will get us more control around who is allowed to do what: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/webdev/archive/2015/09/04/introducing-microsoft-asp-net-webhooks-preview.aspx

    592 votes
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    12 comments  ·  Defining APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi all – we could really use more information on the use cases you would like us to deliver with this feature. To quote Darrel’s post below:

    Are you looking for some kind of UI in the portal to enable developers to subscribe to webhooks exposed by APIs?
    Or are you looking for the additional security provided API Management to limit what events a user can subscribe to?
    Do you want to correlate the API Management subscription ID with registered webhooks?
    Any information you can give about the scenarios you would like help with would be great.

    Many thanks

  3. Support for Let's Encrypt

    Allow publishers to easily use Let's Encrypt with the API management. https://letsencrypt.org/

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    6 comments  ·  Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. API / Operation visibility

    Make possible to manage the visibility not only at product level but also at API level (and even maybe at operation level)

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    under review  ·  13 comments  ·  Developer portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. VPN/ExpressRoute support in Standard Tier

    If you must charge more for VPN make it a paid for add-on for Standard tier.

    Using the standard tier is already tough to justify for our low volume business case. Unfortunately the backend servers are in a private network so we need the ExpressRoute functionality.

    API Management was justified based on it also being the authentication gateway and firewall between the Internet and our internal APIs. The business case doesn't work if we still need to manage Internet facing reverse proxy servers or pay for Premium.

    291 votes
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    under review  ·  13 comments  ·  Pricing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. GraphQL introspective support within API Management

    Like swagger documents which describe REST endpoints, we would like to surface graphql queries and mutable schemas and types through the Developer portal.

    291 votes
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    under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Developer portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Schema validation in APIM

    When an actual request comes, we need to validate the schema of the request and while sending back the respose, the schema should be validated. Similar to validate feature of API connect (IBM).

    http://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSFS6T/com.ibm.apic.toolkit.doc/rapim_ref_ootb_policyschemaval.html

    216 votes
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    under review  ·  7 comments  ·  Service management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Support VNET for Basic Tier of APIM

    Our APIs are deployed to Service Fabric cluster in a VNET. If we want to expose our APIs through APIM, we have to use the Premium Tier of APIM since that's the only tier where VNET support is included.

    Premium Tier of APIM has bunch of other features like AD authentication, Multi-region support, 4000 reqs/sec etc., which we don't need and don't care.

    Why are all those features clubbed together and provided as an all or nothing solution?

    Basic Tier fits our use case perfectly, if only we can deploy it in a VNET.

    Service Fabric integration with APIM is…

    210 votes
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    under review  ·  14 comments  ·  Pricing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. On-board commands to Azure CLI 2.0

    See:
    https://github.com/Azure/azure-cli/issues/3614

    There is customer demand for this service to be support in Azure CLI 2.0 in order to develop cross-platform automation solutions.

    190 votes
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  10. OData Import

    Support import of API definitions and metadata from OData $metadata.

    187 votes
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    12 comments  ·  Defining APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Circuit Breaker policy

    It would be nice to have a policy that implements the Circuit Breaker pattern (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn589784.aspx)

    139 votes
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    under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Policies  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Restrict Portal Access by IP Address

    In some cases, Management Portal and Developer Portal should not be published into the Internet so that anonymous abusive users cannot attack the Portal, such as DDoS.
    If we can set a rule with IP address filtering like a firewall service, it would be very helpful to protect our API Management service.

    133 votes
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    under review  ·  5 comments  ·  Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. API keys to be owned by AAD group as opposed to user

    Instead of have a subscription be tied to a user, have it be tied to a (AAD) group. This is useful when a team is sharing the keys.

    122 votes
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  14. Allow multi-region deployment at Standard Tier

    Standard Tier currently does not allow for multi-region deployment. Premium transaction levels are so much higher and more costly, when there may only be need for a very small deployment in some geos, but need to be co-located with services already deployed to those geos. Allow for more flexibility in the deployment model, so a user can tune what they need in each different Geo (Premium in US, Standard in EU, Basic/Dev in AU).

    116 votes
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    under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Pricing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. APIM Hybrid connection manager support for accessing on premise web services

    Accessing onPremise web services in APIM is very inconvenient and requires either complex vnet/vpn setup, use of extra products like AAD application gateway or custom coding of API apps combined with a hybrid connection.

    It is not even possible to use logic apps as codeless bridge since LAs are also unable to access on premise web services.

    The option of installing an on premise version of the gateway is also only on a future roadmap and handles a wider use case that just accessing on premise services.

    Request is to support using the hybrid connection manager in the APIM backend…

    100 votes
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    under review  ·  3 comments  ·  API management experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Controlling Signup button functionality

    Currently there is no support to disable Signup functionality. If we disable Identities, it disables the Login also.

    There must be a way to achieve this. Refer below link for more details:

    https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/azure/en-US/3b8c8c60-0e26-4d7f-9a6f-2f2bc6b84bf2/how-to-disable-signup-button-functionality-on-developer-portal?forum=azureapimgmt

    93 votes
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    under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Developer portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Invalidate Cache based on other Operations

    It would be great if a cached operations could be invalidated based on another operation by default.

    Eg

    GET: /products is cached with a long duration and is only invalidated by
    POST: /products

    Another way could be to invalidated based on HTTP verb. Eg invalidate all caches in api when a POST/PUT Api is called

    87 votes
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    under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Policies  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. OAuth 2.0 implementation support/Securing APIs using OAuth

    A major bonus when using an API management system should be that it helps you secure your backend APIs using standard techniques. Other API management systems (such as Kong, see https://getkong.org/plugins/oauth2-authentication/) have support for this, where the APIm acts as a Bearer token store and validates the tokens for you.

    Obviously, this will only work for the Client Credentials and possibly also Resource Owner Password Flows, as the others require additional UI, but still this would be a very nice add-on, which enables you to leverage OAuth for backends which are actually OAuth-agnostic.

    Azure APIm would then also need…

    80 votes
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  19. Ability to Group Subscription Keys

    Currently the subscription keys are issued at the 'Product' level. These products basically map to resource features. It is great that subscription is managed at this granularity but it would be better if the subscriptions can also be managed at higher levels. I may want to use the same subscription key to Axcess multiple products (or bundles) or even go to a higher level of managing APIs at multiple bundles level (or container) with a single key. This way the developers can use the same subscription key across products, bundles or container levels as configured by the publisher of the…

    77 votes
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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Developer portal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. Automated backup for APIM

    Provide automated and manual backup feature something similar to what we have in Azure Web Apps (
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service/web-sites-backup#configure-automated-backups ).

    69 votes
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