Gateway

API gateways provide a centralized or federated approach to the deployment and management of APIs at scale across an organization, leveraging commercial or open source API gateways to deploy APIs into development, staging, production, or other environment, allowing for the standardization of common elements of API management, and configuring APIs using common policies.

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Gateways are an essential part of a modern API lifecycle, providing a standardized way for providing access to APIs. Gateways are available as commercial or open source offerings, and are a default part of cloud infrastructure, having been commoditized around 2015, and since become critical to the enterprise API lifecycle. Gateways use OpenAPI and other artifacts to define routes, and often use extensions to route requests to backend systems, while applying consistent policies across APIs to define identity and access control, transformations, logging, and other common needs involved in managing APIs. In addition to API deployment, API gateways are how API producers are able to stay aware of how API consumers are putting APIs to work, establishing awareness of how API resources are being applied–offering another direction for API gateway usage within Postman by pulling identity, access, and usage data back into the platform, and making it part of how teams stay informed across the API lifecycle.



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