APImetrics has launched a premium version of API.expert, a service that monitors over 2000 APIs across many vertical markets.
The service is $100 per year and enables developers to keep track of the performance from mainstream API providers such as Netflix, Slack, and Microsoft, to more specialist and smaller vendors. David O’Neill, CEO of APImetrics, said;
“APIs have become an essential part of the tech landscape, with more and more critical and essential services being delivered through them, from banking to healthcare, to the weather forecast and mapping services. But there are no agreed standards to measure the performance or service quality of what is being delivered by these APIs. Monitoring has mostly fallen to internal engineering teams, and their efforts often have little relation to the real-world experience of consumers or the service-level implications of even the smallest API hiccup.”
Developers can benefit from thematic collections of APIs to determine what ones have provided the best historical performance. O’Neill also added
“People are buying, integrating, and using services without a standard way to agree if they are working effectively, or even if they are getting what they pay for. If you are building your own product experience or business around a third-party API, your success relies upon the performance of that API. Better be confident it works well.”
APImetrics believes that its service can remove the uncertainty around API performance in a way that’s unique and at a scale that would be difficult for any individual or business to replicate. Nick Denny, Vice President of Engineering at APImetrics, commented:
“What we’ve seen from doing this for a large number of customers and developers is that while businesses are testing their own services and monitoring their in-house technology stacks, they find it very hard to monitor real-world service availability in a repeatable way. We’ve simplified that task and made something any user can understand while still providing essential data for engineering teams. It’s really a game-changer for how we think about service quality.”
The free version of API.expert provides high-level data for the previous week and month, as well as the current status. Developers who upgrade to the new premium version gain access to more detailed metrics, including historical data, details on individual API endpoints, and daily and weekly performance alerts.