Google’s Apigee Reduces API Cost and Complexity

APIs are essential for many organizations to open their data and services to third-party developers or make them accessible on mobile devices. But with the proliferation of APIs, there is a need to find a way to manage them effectively. This means managing traffic management, authorization and access control, monitoring and analysis, and creating documentation.

That’s where Apigee comes in. Apigee is a platform that helps organizations build, operate, manage, and monetize their APIs. However, cost and complexity can often be obstacles for organizations implementing an API management solution.

Recently, Google Cloud’s Apigee launched a new Pay-as-You-go pricing model to help organizations better manage their API costs. Under this new model, customers only pay for the resources they use rather than a flat rate. This can help organizations control costs and avoid overspending on API management.

“Every organization is increasingly relying on APIs to build new applications, adopt modern architectures, or create new experiences. In such transformation journeys, Apigee’s pay-as-you-go pricing will give organizations the flexibility to start small and scale seamlessly with their API management needs,” said Vikas Anand, chief product officer at Google Cloud.

The Pay-as-You-go model also provides flexibility in how organizations can use Apigee. For example, customers can start using the Pay-as-You-go model and then upgrade to a subscription level based on their usage. This can help organizations experiment with different API management use cases and find the one that best suits their needs.

Google will charge users for the number of Apigee gateway nodes used per minute and the total number of API requests analyzed per month. Users will also be charged for a minimum of one minute for each node they provision. Network usage will also be charged, such as IP address, network egress, forwarding rules, etc.

Currently, there are three pricing models:

  • Trial: This plan gives customers free access to Apigee features for 60 days.

  • Subscription: Subscription plans are available in Standard, Enterprise, or Enterprise Plus depending on predictable but large API needs.

  • Pay-as-you-go: The pay-as-you-go model is a consumption-based pricing model with no start-up costs.

Customers who want to get started with Apigee pay-as-you-go pricing can go to console or try it for free here. Google also encourages users to read the documentation and use the pricing calculator for details on Apigee’s pay-as-you-go pricing for API management.

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Sharon D. Cole