Maximize API Performance and Protection

Akamai optimizes hundreds of billions of API calls every day

APIs are the new language of the Internet. You need to accelerate and protect your APIs to grow your business in this new world.

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Modern websites and mobile apps are built from the ground up with APIs. Delivering over 225 billion API and web services transactions on its Intelligent Platform every day, Akamai leverages a unique set of API-specific capabilities designed to provide performance, scale, offload, and reliability to so-called “single-page” websites and mobile applications. Akamai’s unique performance solutions include optimizations for:

  • API Acceleration - Real-time data collected by Akamai selects an optimal path between your origin infrastructure and the Akamai Edge servers, while proprietary techniques are used to avoid Internet congestion points and unnecessarily long routes.
  • API Caching - Akamai can cache these responses at the Edge (even for mere seconds) to position the content closer to the consumer requesting it, keeping requests off the cellular network and helping to preserve the battery life of mobile devices.
  • API Compression - Compression of API responses can reduce the payload size 60-90% and thus the delivery time of API responses.
  • API Protection - Akamai can apply rate controls to API requests, as well as inspect JSON and XML API calls in order to ensure your web server remains available and the data on it is secure.
  • API Prioritization Cloudlet – Akamai’s unique edge-based intelligence can throttle the volume of requests that are sent to API-driven applications to maintain availability of key applications, even offering alternate static experiences to handle overflow traffic to ensure visitors have a quality experience even when the application is under extreme load.

Product Information

  • Solving API Performance, Reliability, and Security Challenges
    The explosion of API use has left enterprises dealing with the fallout when APIs are built without appropriate consideration to infrastructure scale requirements, user experience, security, reliability, latency, and more.

    What questions should enterprises be asking themselves as they review existing APIs and future APIs?

    Read our focus sheet
  • Akamai Ion
    Ion is the first situational performance solution, designed to meet the new challenges of always-connected audiences. It offers an integrated suite of content delivery, acceleration and optimization technologies with the intelligence to make real-time web and mobile optimization decisions based on the situational requirements of device, network, location and browser.

    Visit our Ion page
  • Mobile Performance Solutions
    Akamai offers integrated mobile and cellular web performance solutions that help organizations reduce cost by eliminating infrastructure necessary to deliver mobile content, increase revenue by optimizing web performance in the mobile channel, and get ahead of competition by leveraging key user insight to tailor customers' mobile experiences.

    Read our solutions brief