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What's API gateway/firewall & how it's used

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We have API comms with our vendor.

In what way(s) do an API firewall help?
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Could you provide more detail to make sure your references are what ...
Application programming ?Interface (API)?

A gateway usually means your program/application has to use the functions in the API with the destination.....
Full details of what you provider might shed more light on your situation, firewall might refer to a proxy, or a VPN to the vendor.

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Yes by API, I meant Application Programmg Interface & we plan to have our apps talk to
vendors' apps via Internet
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a) So we normally place this API firewall at DMZ ?

b) is this device more for outgoing apps traffic or incoming?

c) Do we need to subject such applications comms traffic to WAF if we have API Firewall ?

d) what's the usual practice for non-encrypted traffic when it goes thru API firewall?
    Still recommended for it to be encrypted on plain http & ODBC is safe in both directions?

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> or does you application has to handle both changing the process to
I don't have any idea on the above.  Just a preliminary study my
management asks me to explore for possibility of setting up an
API firewall/gateway
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Does the app provider have publicly accessible technical specs?

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Don't see they publish it;  at least not that I'm aware
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