As expectations for quality web experiences continue to rise consumers and enterprise web users demand rich and dynamic web experiences to stay engaged. Increasingly, RESTful APIs are being used as a mechanism to link capabilities from separate software components to drive rich and dynamic web experiences consumed by traditional web pages, native mobile applications, and single page applications. These components don’t always perform as expected and sometimes the infrastructure that supports them could become overloaded risking end user experience or application failure.
The API Prioritization Cloudlet helps you to avoid long wait times or server failure for native mobile apps and single page apps by serving an alternate non-html asset from Akamai in the event your API or service is at risk of becoming overloaded.
For website and application owners who have native mobile or single page apps driven by API service calls that may experience planned or unplanned surges in Internet traffic or would like to prioritize user segments, the API Prioritization Cloudlet provides an easy-to-use tool that can be configured to respond to API or services calls with an alternate, non-html asset, e.g. json, xml, when that service is at risk of becoming overloaded. It can also be used to prioritize particular traffic segments to the API while serving other segments a static experience from the Akamai Platform. Unlike DIY approaches or a solution implemented at the origin data center the API Prioritization Cloudlet does not require any additional infrastructure or custom development. It is quick to provision, and takes advantage of the performance and scale of the Akamai Intelligent Platform.
Cloudlets are self-provisioned and self-configured via Luna Property Manager and Cloudlets Policy Manager. You can also manage Cloudlets functionality via included API.