CA API Management Review

Provides secure API exposure but the cloud-native architecture needs improvement


What is our primary use case?

API security, API management, OAuth security, microservices, mobile app security.

How has it helped my organization?

Secure API exposure and driving Innovation through microservices.

What is most valuable?

Security, out-of-the-box policies.

What needs improvement?

Cloud-native architecture of the product.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We haven't encountered any issues with stability. The hardware and virtual appliance-based form factor are solid. It's a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The product does not scale the way cloud-native architecture does.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was moderately complex, due to various deployment models and integration with its own components.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is in the lowest price range for such products but the pricing model needs to be changed.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have experimented with all of the APIM solutions. Each one is fit for different situations but, overall, CA API Management is the best product for the expected functionality.

I have evaluated Apigee, Mulesoft, SoftwareAG, Akana, Kong, and IBM API Connect.

What other advice do I have?

If you are truly looking for API management features, CA API Management is the best solution. It might be a bit old in terms of cloud-native architecture but they are moving towards that.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
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