Moving to give developers more insights into how APIs are being used within its API Marketplace, Mashape today added free API analytics tools to its portfolio.
Available now as standalone product or in the Mashape API marketplace that can be deployed on premise or invoked in the cloud, Mashape Analytics is intended to give developers deeper insights into how more than 13,000 APIs in the Mashape Marketplace are being consumed and to provide them with the tools needed to debug those APIs, says Ahmad Nassri, head of engineering at Mashape.
As the API economy continues to expand, Nassri told ProgrammableWeb that it’s become apparent that not all APIs are created equal. He says Mashape Analytics provides a set of tools that show developers what is occurring at the moment, while also enabling them to play out what-if scenarios when certain attributes of the API or IT environment are altered. Specifically, Nassri says, Mashape Analytics allows developers to identify slow endpoints through A/B testing, thereby identifying the API endpoints that need to be optimized first or most. In effect, Mashape Analytics is a dedicated visualization and business intelligence platform for APIs that Nassri says provides real-time visibility into usage patterns, the volume of requests and where system bottlenecks are occurring.
While most APIs don’t outright fail, the performance of those APIs can degrade over time because of any number of factors. In addition to being able to replay API calls, Mashape Analytics allows developers to capture everything that occurs between any given set of microservices, Nassri says. DevOps teams, he says, can then set up custom reports based on any number of filters and properties, which can be used to send alerts when certain performance thresholds are exceeded.
Nassri says providing developers with more insight into how APIs are performing and consumed is part of the company’s strategy to expand its API Marketplace. Developers who have more visibility into how their APIs are performing are going to more likely list those APIs on a marketplace that provides access to free analytics tools, says Nassri.
Long term, that analytics information is also likely to be used to automate functions within an API management platform. The result should either be the sharing of more relevant information with DevOps teams or perhaps even the automated remediation of issues adversely affecting API performance.
As the business value of the API economy continues to increase, it’s only a matter of time before senior IT and business leaders demand more visibility into how the overall API ecosystem the company participates in is performing. The answers to most of those questions for developers participating in the Mashape Marketplace should soon be just a single dashboard click away.
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