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API Gateway vs. Reverse Proxy

API Gateway and Reverse Proxy are both architectural components that manage incoming requests, but they serve different purposes and operate in somewhat different contexts.

API Gateway

  • Purpose: An API Gateway is a management tool that acts as a single entry point for a defined group of microservices, handling requests and routing them to the appropriate service.
  • Functionality:
    • Routing: Routes requests to the correct microservice.
    • Aggregation: Aggregates results from multiple microservices.




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