Layer7 API Management Review

It allows you to much more rapidly expose enterprise services to front-end applications, but the user experience for developers to discover and develop APIs needs work.


What is most valuable?

I'd say the API gateway that routes traffic in REST-to-SOAP conversions is a feature we find most valuable. SOAP is a type of web service, and REST is another.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows you to much more rapidly expose enterprise services to front-end applications, such as mobile and web.

What needs improvement?

The products developer portals can be better. It needs a better look and feel.

Also, the user experience for developers to discover and develop APIs needs work.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using it for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's very good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We've just started so there's not a lot of traffic yet.

How are customer service and technical support?

They've been responsive, but they're pricey.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This is the first API gateway product we’ve used, and we looked for a vendor who has a reputation for establishing long-term partnerships.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was pretty straightforward.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Axway, IBM, and Mashery. We went through a long evaluation and CA's number one strength was the built-in security management features.

What other advice do I have?

As part of your evaluation, make sure that the companies can set up a proof of concept to check real situations.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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