What is an API used for?
An API, or Application Programming Interface, is a piece of software that acts as an intermediary allowing two applications to communicate to each other. For example, every action we take on a mobile phone, like sending a message or looking for a flight using a comparison website, uses an API to access and deliver that information.
What is API monitoring?
How do you check if an API is working? The answer is to use an API monitoring solution. API monitor software is essentially a program running on a remote server that sends API requests and records the API response, measuring its quickness, response codes and other attributes.
If these recorded measurements exceed defined thresholds for acceptability (such as a request taking over 300ms), the API monitor generates an alert, notifying you that the API is not performing as desired. API performance monitoring is an important safeguard for essential applications, websites and web services.