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Publish APIs to developers, partners, and employees securely and at scale

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.

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API Management

Not available Consumption Developer Basic Standard Premium IsolatedPreview
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 Enterprise production use cases requiring high degree of isolation
Price (per unit) $- $- $- $-
Unit cost of incremental units (>1) of the same service instance charged at 50% of the first unit purchased.
Cache (per unit) External only 10 MB 50 MB 1 GB 5 GB 5 GB
Scale-out (units) N/A (automatic scaling) 1 2 4 12 per region
(call support to add more)
12 per region
(call support to add more)
SLA 99.95% No 99.95% 99.95% 99.99%1 99.99%
Isolation Shared Private Private Private Private Private
Usage limits Limits apply No No No No No
Cache, external3 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Developer portal No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple custom domain names4 No Yes No No Yes Yes
Azure Active Directory integration in developer portal No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Availability Zone support No No No No Yes No
Virtual Network support No Yes No No Yes Yes
Multi-region deployment No No No No Yes Yes
Self-hosted gateway No Yes5 No No Yes6 Yes
Workspaces Preview No Yes8 No Yes9 Yes9 Yes9
Estimated maximum throughput2
(per unit)
N/A (automatic scaling) 500 requests/sec 1,000 requests/sec 2,500 requests/sec 4,000 requests/sec 4,000 requests/sec
Compute isolation No No No No No Yes

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

2 Throughput figures are presented for information only and must not be relied upon for capacity and budget planning. Load test reflecting anticipated production conditions must be conducted to determine expected throughput accurately. Throughput is affected by the number and rate of concurrent client connections, the kind and number of configured policies, payload sizes, backend API performance, and other factors. The numbers presented in the table were obtained by testing with 1,000 concurrent persistent client secure HTTP connections, minimal payload sizes, no policies configured, and a low latency backend API.

3 Bring your own Redis-compatible cache, e.g. Azure Redis Cache.

4 Available for gateway only. Limit of 20 domain names per instance. Call support to add more.

5 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 (instance).

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

7 To find out the price or get provision Isolated tier service please call support.

8 In the Developer tier, the workspaces feature is available at no additional cost.

9 The first five workspaces are included at no additional cost. Additional workspaces can be purchased in increments of five. Pricing will not take effect until September 1, 2023. See below for details.

10 Consumption SKU billing counts "a single operation within an HTTP request" as a billing unit. The traditional REST and SOAP APIs that contain a single operation within a HTTP request.

Self-hosted gateway

The self-hosted gateway feature expands API Management support for hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Deploying the self-hosted gateway provides a consistent and unified experience, including on Kubernetes or anywhere with Azure Arc. 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 managing them from an associated API Management service in Azure.

Price $-
Billing applies only for Premium tier deployments. Developer tier deployments are free of charge.


Workspaces allow API providers to safely and securely share a single Azure API Management service across multiple teams or projects.

Price (per increment of five) $-
Billing applicable only for Standard, Premium and Isolated tier deployments. The first five workspaces are included at no additional cost. Developer tier deployments are free of charge. Pricing will not take effect until September 1, 2023.

API Centre

API Centre is available at no cost during preview.

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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.
  • The purpose of the Isolated tier is to enable use of all the features of API Management Premium tier in highly-regulated industries where compute environment isolation is a requirement.
  • In the Developer tier, the workspaces feature is available at no additional cost. For the Standard, Premium and Isolated tiers, the first five workspaces are included at no additional cost. Additional workspaces can be purchased in increments of five.
  • Consumption SKU charges based on the number of API requests processed by the service. It counts a single API operation within an HTTP request as a billing unit. For traditional REST and SOAP APIs, a single HTTP request contains just one operation. However, Synthetic GraphQL allows multiple operations to be combined in a single HTTP call. To accommodate Synthetic GraphQL requests, the Consumption SKU introduces a per API operation billing unit, which counts each individual operation within a single HTTP request as a separate billing unit.

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