API Management pricing

Azure API Management allows organisations to publish APIs hosted on Azure, on-premises and in other clouds more securely, reliably and at scale. Use API Management to drive API consumption among internal teams, partners and developers while benefiting from business and log analytics available in the admin portal. This service helps provide the tools your organisation needs for end-to-end API management—everything from provisioning user roles, creating usage plans and quotas, applying policies for transforming payloads, throttling, analytics, monitoring and alerts.

Pricing details

  Consumption Developer Basic Standard Premium
Purpose Lightweight and serverless version of API Management service, billed per execution Non-production use cases and evaluations Entry-level production use cases Medium-volume production use cases High-volume or Enterprise production use cases
Price (per unit) $- per million calls (1M calls free3) $- $- $- $-
Cache (per unit) External only 10 MB 50 MB 1 GB 5 GB
Scale-out (units) N/A (automatic scaling) 1 2 4 10 per region
(call support to add more)
SLA 99.9% No 99.9% 99.9% 99.95%1
Azure Active Directory integration No Yes No Yes Yes
Virtual Network support No Yes No No Yes
Multi-region deployment No No No No Yes
Self-hosted gateway No Yes4 No No Yes5
Estimated Maximum Throughput2
(per unit)
N/A (automatic scaling) 500 requests/sec 1,000 requests/sec 2,500 requests/sec 4,000 requests/sec

1 Requires deployment of at least one unit in two or more regions.

2 Actual throughput is affected by many factors including the number and rate of concurrent client connections, the kind and number of configured policies, payload sizes and backend API performance. The numbers presented in the table were obtained by testing with 1000 concurrent persistent client secure HTTP connections, minimal payload sizes, no policies configured and a low latency backend API. View full details for API Management Plans

3 Monthly free grant of 1 million requests per Azure subscription.

4 In the Developer tier, the self-hosted gateway feature is available at no additional cost. The number of gateway deployments is not limited, but each deployment is limited to a single gateway replica (node).

5 In the Premium tier, the self-hosted gateway feature is available at an additional cost (see below). The number of gateway deployments and gateway replicas (nodes) in each deployment is not limited.

Self-hosted gateway

The self-hosted gateway feature expands API Management support for hybrid and multi-cloud environments. It allows customers to manage all their APIs via a single API management solution without compromising security, compliance or performance. With the self-hosted gateway feature, organisations can deploy a containerised version of the API Management gateway component to the same environments where they host their APIs while continuing to manage them from an associated API Management service in Azure.

Price $-
Billing will start on June 1, 2020 and applies only for Premium tier deployments. Developer tier deployments are free of charge.

Support & SLA

  • We provide technical support for all Azure services released to general availability through Azure Support, starting at $29/month. Billing and subscription management support is provided at no cost.
  • We guarantee that API Management Service instances running in the Basic Tier, Standard Tier and Premium Tier deployments scaled within a single region will respond to requests to perform operations at least 99.95% of the time.
  • We guarantee that API Management Service instances running in the Premium Tier with deployments scaled across two or more regions will respond to requests to perform operations at least 99.99% of the time.​

No SLA is provided for the following:​

  • Developer tier of the API Management Service.​
  • Any self-hosted API Management components.
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  • The Developer tier does not offer an SLA. Therefore, it is not suitable for production use. The Developer tier should be used for evaluations, development and test.

  • Yes. The new self-hosted gateway feature enables on-premises as well as multi-cloud deployments. The feature is available for production use in the Premium tier and evaluation purposes in the Developer tier. Please see the product page as well as the pricing section above for more details.

  • Customers can scale API Management by adding and removing units. Each unit has certain request processing capacity that depends on the service’s tier. For example, a unit of the Standard tier has an estimated maximum throughput of approximately 2,500 requests per second. As you add or remove units, capacity scales proportionately. For example, two units of the Standard tier provide an estimated throughput of approximately 5,000 requests per second.

  • All nodes within the gateway deployment share the location properties and configuration, for example, the custom domain name(s) and assigned APIs. Each gateway deployment corresponds to a gateway resource that can be created either via the Azure portal on the Gateways blade inside an API Management service or programmatically via management API.


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