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Status Future consideration
Workspace API Connect
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 26, 2023

Provide an API Manager platform API to check if a specific customer API is available on all gateways in a gateway cluster

Users of our API Connect platform complain about long synchronisation times after a new product/api or a new version of a product/api is published. When the product/api was received and published by API Manager it can take a very long time, until this new API version can be successfully invoked on the gateway or new subscriptions can be created in the portal.

As API provider teams publish products via selfservice, each team can decide when to publish a new product/api version without synchronizing with other teams or our API Connect platform team. This can lead to situations, where a larger number of products are published within a short period of time. We have seen 300 product publications within 1h where syncs with the gateway taking up to 28 minutes.

Our users publish products using a CI/CD pipeline that also runs integration tests in the manner of:

  • publish the product/api

  • run test job calling the product/api

Due to long synchronization times to the gatway, the run test job issue is often called before the API can be invoked on the gateway which breaks the pipeline.

Therefore we want to check via an APIC api, if a customer api in a specific version is actually be ready to be invoked on the gateway cluster. The pipeline will then repeatedly (e.g. every 10s) check, if the specific api is in a state, that it can be successfully invoked. Once the api is finaly available on the gateways.

By "availability on the gateway" we mean, that existing subscribers can successfully invoke the new version of an API and the synchronization is completed on all gateway pods.

We used to check this via DataPower REST API, like

"https://{{ADMIN_USER}}:{{ADMIN_PASSWORD}}@{{POD_ADDRESS}}/mgmt/config/apiconnect/APIDefinition/{{API_NAME}}_{{API_VERSION}}" and there we checkd every gateway pod if the api is synchronization correctly, but this created stability issues on the gateways.

Therefore we need an APIC API with high performance and reliability that provides the required availability status of a specific api in a specific version on all gateway instances of a gw cluster and can be invoked concurrently with high frequency. This status, i.e., if an api is published on all gateways of a cluster, should be queryable during its whole api lifetime.

Idea priority Urgent