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CA API Management Review
Provides different form factors, API virtualization and lifecycle management, data security, and scalability. Improvements needed in analytics, reporting, logging, tracking, sso and user experience.


Valuable Features:

The most valuable features to me are:

  • Different Form Factors: Available as Software, Virtual Appliance, Amazon Machine Image and Hardware.
  • API Virtualization: Creating virtual APIs by shielding the actual enterprise resources on API Gateway.
  • Security: Enterprise data security and central management in API Gateway.
  • API Lifecycle Management: Enable, Disable, Assigning, Deprecating and Deleting APIs on API Portal
  • Scalability: API Gateway is easily scalable horizontally and managed easily.
  • Mobile SSO is another feature/capability which available

Improvements to My Organization:

It improved how we function in the following areas:

  • Protecting all enterprise application data from direct access by virtualization.
  • Transforming SOAP services to REST services easily on the gateway without impacting existing systems.
  • Providing security for all API's exposed through API Gateway at one common location.
  • Migration of APIs from one environment to other.
  • Providing high availability with horizontal scaling and multi cluster.
  • Managing the API lifecycle. 
  • Exposing enterprise data to the external world.
  • Securing Mobile App communication using MAG.
  • Integrating easily with other systems.

Room for Improvement:

  • The API Development tool can be made more user friendly by providing folder properties.
  • Assertions for common functionalities (like mathematical operations, string manipulations, connecting to non-SQL).
  • Masking the user credentials entered in Identity Provider, JDBC based on user role
  • Analytics and reporting need to be made better and more user friendly; add some custom reports both on the Developer Portal and API Gateway; exporting of analytics and an email facility.
  • Logging and tracking of changes done by users in the Developer Portal.

Use of Solution:

I have been using this product for three years.

Stability Issues:

I did not have any issues with stability.

Scalability Issues:

I did not have any issues with scalability.

Customer Service:

Customer service is good

Technical Support:

The level of technical support is good.

Previous Solutions:

I did not try any other solutions previously.

Initial Setup:

Initial setup is straightforward. It is simple and easy to do.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:

I feel that it’s costly for medium-sized companies.

Other Solutions Considered:

I did not evaluate other products, but have read about them.

Other Advice:

Check what's required and whether it can be achieved easily without any compromise.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We're CA partrners.

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