CA API Management Pros and Cons

CA API Management Pros

Sam Bachman
Owner at Clarity Iq Inc
There are a couple aspects of performance. One is just speed and uptime, and it's stellar in that regard. The other is, how much effort is it to put it in place in the first place, and then how much effort is it to keep it operational. That's where its real strength is. I'm able to do things quickly and easily that I couldn't do before‚Äč.
The benefits are rapid development and deployment of APIs, which means that your information, your ability to handle information, to receive it and to send it, to visualize it, to report on it, to get intelligence out of it, happens fast and happens with accuracy.
The most valuable feature is that it enables me to present data in the format that the client wants to consume it. That client might be a visualization tool, that client might be a report, that client might be a customer's API requirements.
The latest version that just came out at the first of October really was a powerful move in the right direction. I was very, very pleased with that because it allows now beginning to use information of things. We've got this IOT infrastructure that we can plug into, and for my use cases there are a lot of outdoor sensors that provide valuable information to my customers.
This product, at first blush, looks something like it's one of those weekend warrior tools, but it's not. It's an enterprise-class tool with the kind of usability that you wouldn't expect. And with that usability - how do you have your cake and eat it too? Well, it's because of the product's extensibility. It's very well-integrated with your existing Java library of processes and procedures, as well as your ability to write new extensions to it. You get so much of the base functionality but you don't give up the ability customize.
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Venkatesh Vanigalla
Software Engineer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
As an organization grow, you can use CA API Management for authentication purposes through the CA API Gateway. It allows for multiple identity providers with different Active Directories.
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Integrat4b20
Integration Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
It can be scaled as we need. And it can be used in different regions. We have different data centers in the U.S. and Beijing. We use it on-premise, on-cloud, and it can be hosted and used at any place and scaled across the regions.
Every API that we get from external or from internal goes through this layer first, and it should not be a bottleneck. That was the problem we had before. Now it's no longer a bottleneck. It's more like a throughput, this process is less than 10 milliseconds for any particular API.
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LiemNguyen
Enterprise Architect at DXC Technologie
I love the API Gateway, especially the architecture, in terms of the composability of the policies. We approach it from a very software-engineering approach.We build on the policies, like legal blocks, and we deploy them throughout different environments. It's been working out great for us.
Some of the performance matrix that API Gateway gives off, we monitor them via SNMP traps, and then we tie them into our monitoring system. You can actually monitor some of the latencies and some of the performance aspects of both API Gateways, as well back end services. So having that line of sight surely helps in terms DevOps.
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Sekar Purushothaman
Sr. Systems Engineer at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The out-of-the-box security features are useful. Right now, you can just right-click and drag and drop the assertions with the rate limit. That, as well as the x-amount surge protection, is built in so we can bring that in.
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Atyab Tahir
GM - Head of Digital Transformation at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Containerization and the monetization module are quite unique for an API tool... In addition, the development time and rollout time are pretty quick.
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Pradeep Bharadwaj
Computer Scientist at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Key features include: lightweight mediation, transformation from JSON to XML and XML to JSON, API portal and API key management, the Developer Portal, and Circuit Breaker is a cool feature, too.
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Moses Johnson
Lead Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
From a security standpoint, it works great. It is the right solution for us. It's lightweight, a software-appliance configuration which was easy to deploy and configure.
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Randall Beatty
Lead Software Developer at United Services Automobile Association
It's pretty easy to use, and once we have templating set up we can add new APIs, at least through the gateway, and apply the security to them; it takes a minute.
The scalability has been good. We haven't had to scale up a whole lot, even with all the extra transactions we're running through it. We're in the area of about 2 and 1/2 million OAuth tokens issued per hour, and it's performing fine with that.
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Ian Frawley
OSS Enterprise Architect
The actual management of APIs is fundamental to us, as we're a heavy API user/provider. So, obviously, a centralised management platform is important.
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CA API Management Cons

Venkatesh Vanigalla
Software Engineer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
They need a workflow for the API Developer Portal, where the process only allows requests to go to the correct person.
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Integrat4b20
Integration Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
One day, where we can have a microservices gateway and we will not need the classic gateway at all, that is what we want to see.
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Sekar Purushothaman
Sr. Systems Engineer at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
On the monitoring side, we need a better way to monitor it. CA has not given a clear understanding of what external tools we can use to do this.
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Atyab Tahir
GM - Head of Digital Transformation at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The security protocols in CA's product, for financial services, weren't as good as those in API Connect.
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Pradeep Bharadwaj
Computer Scientist at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
One area where it certainly needs to improve is the way it allocates requests, in terms of rate limiting. Also, there is no native Kafka connectivity.
we cannot add gateways on the fly because there are a lot of moving parts; endpoint connectivity is one of them. If we add more nodes then the rate-limiting feature is affected. This kind of gateway always has the scalability issue. But, I think CA is coming up with its Microgateway, which is in Beta. If they stabilize their Microgateway platform, we could do very well in terms of scalability.
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Moses Johnson
Lead Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The entire lifecycle management approach needs improvement: from the API management, development, deployment, some of the settings around the quotas, and some security policy applications, etc. for the APIs. We found the Apigee platform a lot more robust in that area.
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Randall Beatty
Lead Software Developer at United Services Automobile Association
It would be nice if we could create APIs directly from Swagger files. We're doing that ourselves with a middle layer. But if you could integrate with open API Swagger specs, and then just create a Swagger and upload it to the gateway and it would create all my API template policy, and would apply the OAuth restrictions, the types of security restrictions I have on there, that would be pretty cool.
The OTK, however, is a complex upgrade. They tend to change the schemas on the database behind it, between the versions, which can be a pain to have to migrate all of our existing clients from one database schema to the other.
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Ian Frawley
OSS Enterprise Architect
The developer portal needs to fully supported SOAP services (including WSDL publication with security), it would certainly push adoption for us.
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Atul Raut
Design Engineer at Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
‚ÄčThere is still room for improvement for the CA API Developer Portal. It is still not on par with what the competencies are.
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Aniket.karle
Layer7 API Developer at Allied Globetech
There are old algorithms that the tool does not support - and it shouldn't, in my opinion. But sometimes customers need old algorithms, from old use cases and old applications, migrated to the platform. At those times, there are hiccups that happen.
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