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Designing API-First Enterprise Architectures on Azure

By : Subhajit Chatterjee
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Designing API-First Enterprise Architectures on Azure

By: Subhajit Chatterjee

Overview of this book

API-centric architectures are foundational to delivering omnichannel experiences for an enterprise. With this book, developers will learn techniques to design loosely coupled, cloud-based, business-tier interfaces that can be consumed by a variety of client applications. Using real-world examples and case studies, the book helps you get to grips with the cloudbased design and implementation of reliable and resilient API-centric solutions. Starting with the evolution of enterprise applications, you'll learn how API-based integration architectures drive digital transformation. You'll then learn about the important principles and practices that apply to cloud-based API architectures and advance to exploring the different architecture styles and their implementation in Azure. This book is written from a practitioner's point of view, so you'll discover ideas and practices that have worked successfully in various customer scenarios. By the end of this book, you'll be able to architect, design, deploy, and monetize your API solutions in the Azure cloud while implementing best practices and industry standards.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Section 1: API-Led Architecture in the Digital Economy
Section 2: Build Reliable API-Centric Solutions
Section 3: Deliver Business Value for a Modern Enterprise

The Azure Well-Architected Framework

Around July 2020, Microsoft launched the Well-Architected Framework (WAF) for Azure. The WAF is a collection of industry-relevant best practices that are divided into five pillars:

  • Cost management
  • Operational excellence
  • Performance efficiency
  • Reliability
  • Security 

The WAF provides excellent prescriptive guidance that enables architects and developers to incorporate architecture best practices into their solutions.

Figure 4.2 – Five pillars of the Azure Well-Architected Framework

Read more on the Azure WAF at

You should consider the WAF guidance for building high-quality API platforms in Azure. The guidance covers the most important quality attributes that play a significant role in all your cloud investments.

Let's now review some of the benefits of using WAF in your solutions.

Benefits of using WAF