In this article, Kin Lane (API Evangelist) dives into the current landscape of APIs and the host of definitions that drive the industry.

I am finally getting the time to invest more into the rest of my API industry guides, which involves deep dives into core areas of my research like API definitionsdesign, and now deployment. The outline for my API deployment research has begun to come into focus and looks like it will rival my API management research in size.

With this release, I am looking to help onboard some of my less technical readers with API deployment. Not the technical details, but the big picture, so I wanted to start with some simple questions, to help prime the discussion around API development.

Where? – Where are APIs being deployed. On-premise, and in the clouds. Traditional website hosting, and even containerized and serverless API deployment

How? – What technologies are being used to deploy APIs? From using spreadsheets, document and file stores, or the central database. Also thinking smaller with microservices, containes, and serverless

Who? – Who will be doing the deployment? Of course, IT and developers groups will be leading the charge, but increasingly business users are leveraging new solutions to play a significant role in how APIs are deployed.

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