API Management vs iPaaS – What Is The Difference?


January 08 2023


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Do you have some customers who are trying to figure out the difference between an API Management Platform and an Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS)? Well, here’s a simple explanation that might help:


API Management Platform

An API Management Platform is a tool or service that helps developers create, publish, maintain, and secure APIs (Application Programming Interfaces). These are just a set of programming instructions that let different software systems talk to each other. An API Management Platform usually includes things like authentication, rate limiting, monitoring, and analytics for APIs.


Integration Platform as a Service

An iPaaS is a little different. It’s a cloud-based platform that lets people create, execute, and manage integrations between different software systems and data sources. It has a bunch of tools and services that help you build and deploy integrations without needing to set up a bunch of complex stuff on your own.



One key difference between these two is what they’re mostly used for. An API Management Platform is mostly used for managing APIs, while an iPaaS is mostly used for integrating different systems and data sources.

Another difference is that an iPaaS usually has more capabilities and tools for integration, like data mapping, transformation, and orchestration. It might also have advanced features like real-time data integration, event-driven integration, and support for different kinds of integration patterns and protocols.



So, to sum it up: an API Management Platform is a tool for managing APIs, and an iPaaS is a platform for building and deploying integrations between different software systems and data sources. Both can be really useful, depending on what you need. And by the way, iPaaS often uses APIs to connect and integrate different software systems, so it’s easy to see why people might get these two mixed up.

Hope that helps clear things up a bit! If you want to learn more about MindCloud’s Integration Platform as a Service, you can always schedule a call to find out more.


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