A real‑time application program interface (API) is one that can process an API call end-to-end in less than 30 milliseconds (ms). Real‑time API infrastructure is the technology to route, authenticate, secure, shape, and cache APIs in less than 30ms.
In the real world, a real‑time API is key to a satisfactory digital experience for users as they place an order on Amazon, request directions in Google Maps, get chat support, or use any other mobile app where near‑instant responses are expected. With the advent of IoT, there is a growing hunger for faster and faster connections to support the flow of information that keeps everything connected and up to date.
The 5 Processes of API Infrastructure
- Route APIs
- Authenticate APIs
- Secure APIs
- Shape APIs
- Cache APIs