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Today, API management in the cloud is commonly adopted by a vast majority of organizations for its benefits - although API management solutions can be either on-premises or in the cloud. We now see many vendors who offer API Management SaaS, which is a hosted service that you can subscribe to and access easily.
Here are 5 top reasons why organizations such as yourself will benefit by adopting SaaS-based API management solutions:
- Return on investment
SaaS delivered API management solutions incur a lower initial investment and operational costs and are generally cost-effective compared to on-premises platforms as a result. Most SaaS solutions provide flexible pricing plans where the total subscription depends on the services consumed.
- Reduced management overhead
It is easy to get up and running quickly with SaaS-based API Management solutions because you do not need to worry about setting up, configuring, managing, and maintaining the solution. When you subscribe to a SaaS API management solution, everything is instantly provisioned and already configured so that you can access the solution right away. SaaS solutions also have the advantage of expertise knowledge availability via support whereas getting this kind support from experts for on-premises platforms comes with an additional cost.
- Increased agility
SaaS solutions are easy-to-use and you can generally get started in a few minutes. Most solutions support easy integration irrespective of where backend services reside. Almost all SaaS solutions typically provide 24/7 support services to assist you with any issues you may have and also allow you to quickly get up and running with a production-ready white-labeled solution to onboard internal and external users.
- Easy scalability
SaaS-based API management optimizes computing resource utilization, provides elasticity, and allows you to effectively scale up or down depending on overall usage. This is mostly transparent from users and API volume is a core component of the SaaS pricing. While the SaaS solution scales resources on API volume, it can also handle automatic failover to route the traffic to failover clusters on underlying infrastructure failures.
- Better performance and security
API Management SaaS solutions provide regional gateways around the globe so that it is possible to pick and choose from a list of cloud gateways to have optimum performance. When it comes to API management SaaS, security is generally considered as a limitation and is a concern for many enterprises. But with capabilities such as hybrid API management and security capabilities such as VPN and VPC peering, it is possible to address security concerns and tighten backend security.
Given the multitude of benefits, it’s not surprising why an increasing number of enterprises are particularly adopting API Management SaaS.
Learn more about WSO2 API Cloud and get in touch with us at [email protected]. You can also read this blog about how you can select the right API Management SaaS.