Written by Fernando Mejia, Sr. Program Manager, Azure API Management


Our industry has seen an evolution in how we run software. Traditionally, platforms were running in on-premises datacenters but started to transition to the cloud. However, not all workloads can move or customers want to have resiliency across clouds and edge which introduced multi-cloud scenarios.

With our self-hosted gateway capabilities, customers can use our existing tooling to extend to their on-premises and multi-cloud APIs with the same role-based access controls, API policies, observability options, and management plane that they are already using for their Azure-based APIs.


New to the self-hosted gateway, how does it work?

When deploying an Azure API Management instance in Azure customers get three main building blocks:


  • A developer portal (also called user plane) for allowing internal and external users to find documentation, test APIs, get access to APIs, and see basic usage data among other features.
  • An API gateway (also called data plane), which contains the main networking component that exposes API implementations, applies API policies, secures APIs, and captures metrics and logs of usage among other features.
  • Finally, a Management Plane, which is used through the Azure Portal, Azure Resource Manager (ARM), Azure Software Development Kits (SDKs), Visual Studio and Code extensions, and command-line interfaces (CLIs) that allow to manage and enforce permissions to the other components. Examples of this are setting up APIs, configuring the infrastructure, and defining policies.


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