Layer7 API Management Review

We have secured APIs, exposing them to the international and domestic partners.

What is most valuable?

  • Availability of Security Assertions: Addresses all the industry security standards
  • High Flexibility: Allows policy-driven orchestration and security mediation, in a drag-and-drop manner

How has it helped my organization?

Thanks to this product, we have successfully secured SOAP and REST APIs and exposed them to international/domestic partners using the standard industry protocols.

What needs improvement?

The Policy Manager UI is very busy. It lacks a graphical representation for the flow of the assertions that can significantly improve the clarity of the policy. Thus the Policy Manager UI can be improved in terms of usability. For example, instead of policy assertions in the policy being in a line by line form, it could be represented as graphical flow, similar to how Vordel Gateway does it.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution for six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not experienced any stability issues. The product has been very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The CA API Gateway solution is highly scalable. It is very easy to add more nodes to the cluster, which increases the processing power.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is excellent and very timely. The engineers are extremely knowledgeable, not only in regards to the product, but also in terms of the protocols and standards that are used by the product.

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

We were using Vordel Gateway, but it lacked the flexibility and integration capabilities that CA API Gateway provided at the time.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very straightforward. CA has clear and concise documentation to walk you through the initial setup process for both simple and complex deployments.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Vordel Gateway and IBM DataPower. Both these solutions were evaluated from our end, before CA API Gateway was selected.

What other advice do I have?

You should read the documentation.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

8.3 and 9.1
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