VP Innovation at Axway, Co-founder at Vordel

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Managing API Lifecycle - Publishing, Versioning, Deprecating, Retiring

One of the most important part of API Management is to manage API lifecycle. This includes publishing APIs, versioning APIs, and then finally deprecating APIs.

Here you can see how the Axway API Manager makes it simple to right-click on an API definition and choose to upgrade it:

When you upgrade an API, you have the options of deprecating and/or retiring the previous version of the API. Of course, you can also deploy the new version of the API side-by-side with the previous version. Here are the options which you're provided with in the Axway API Manager:

SOAP APIs (Web Services) have not gone away, even though REST is clearly the future. At Axway, REST APIs sit side-by-side with SOAP APIs, and both benefit from the same API Management functionality. Here we see a SOAP API being upgraded to a later version (which uses SOAP 1.2 in this case):

Finally, here we see API deprecation in action. Axway API Manager allows you to set the date on which the API will be deprecated. Developers who have signed up to use the API are notified.

For more info on API Lifecyle Management and more, using Axway API Manager, check out the Axway API Management product info.

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Mark O'Neill is VP Innovation at Axway - API and Identity. Previously he was CTO and co-founder at Vordel, which was acquired by Axway. A regular speaker at industry conferences and a contributor to SOA World Magazine and Cloud Computing Journal, Mark holds a degree in mathematics and psychology from Trinity College Dublin and graduate qualifications in neural network programming from Oxford University.