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"The most valuable features are the gateway and security features."

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"It is a complete all-in-one solution.""It is quite stable. We've not had any problem. It has made for a good buy because we are finding that other companies that have similar set ups go down maybe once a month.""We really like the runtime capabilities of IBM API Connect. The creation of products and the control of the monetization and hit rate are some of the features which we've found very valuable.""IBM API Connect is a good product, and their technical support is excellent.""The most valuable features are stability and security.""The interface is very nice. It makes the solution easy to use and navigate.""The functionalities on offer are very good.""The solution offers a pretty good SLA."

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"It would be helpful to improve the customization features so that the customer can do it based on their own needs."

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"The design time setup has a lot of customizable fields, but we need certain standard fields to be added, such as what all of the consuming systems are. This needs to be very clearly articulated during the design time.""I would like to see automation of the installation. If there could be a single-click function where you could automate everything, that would be helpful.""The developmental process is not quite user-friendly.""The integration of an API gateway that implements the sidecar pattern, which can be deployed in cloud applications, and expose the microservices directly in each pod, this can be more decentralized components.""The solution would be better if it had cloud functionalities.""I would like to see support for non-Java based services. We struggle a bit to be able to deploy and connect our .NET services because of things like data types. We had to map a couple of things. For one solution provider, we had to move them to .NET Core before we could use it properly. I would like to see more agnostic tool service platforms rather than moving it more towards Java or open source.""The documentation needs to be a bit better.""Extracting the data could be improved."

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"The pricing is too expensive with IBM. Sometimes, we prefer to go with an open source or something more lightweight.""The price of the solution is very expensive, it can turn many customers away.""IBM API Connect could be cheaper.""I haven't seen anyone go from on-premise to the cloud. In fact, I am seeing people go from the cloud to on-premise because the costs can quickly grow on the cloud.""It's an expensive product.""It should be cheaper. It has a yearly licensing.""This is a licensed product. If your company is looking to obtain a license, you have to work with IBM partners.""It is expensive when compared to other products in this class. There were no extra fees for add-ons or technical support."

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Top Answer: The interface is very nice. It makes the solution easy to use and navigate.
Top Answer: We have an SLA we can draw from. I need to keep within certain numbers, however, I don't have a problem doing so. I can't speak to exact costs.
Top Answer: The documentation needs to be a bit better. It's very sequential, however, I don't understand what options to choose for certain tasks. I need to read all of the documentation to find what I need… more »
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3scale is an API management platform that delivers flexible, highly scalable solutions to package, distribute, control, and monetize your APIs, giving you the power to make the most of your API program.

  • Share company data, content, or services through Web or mobile applications.
  • Provide an API to external organizations, internal teams, or both.
  • Avoid the hassle and constant maintenance of building a solution from scratch.

3scale delivers centralized API management features through a distributed, cloud-hosted layer. The platform includes built-in features to help you build a more successful API program, including access control, rate limits, payment gateway integration, and developer experience tools.

The IBM API Management family of products gives you software tools to create, manage and share application programming interfaces (APIs) in a secure, scalable environment. Available in both on-premises and cloud solutions, its detailed analytics and operational metrics allow you to monitor API usage to ensure that the developers' needs Ð and applications using the API Ð are being met.
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Sample Customers
Victor Ops, Coca Cola, The Telegraph, Skava, Orange, Typeform
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Top Industries
Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm8%
Financial Services Firm34%
Computer Software Company14%
Insurance Company10%
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm12%
Insurance Company8%
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Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise65%
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3scale API Management is ranked 19th in API Management with 1 review while IBM API Connect is ranked 5th in API Management with 22 reviews. 3scale API Management is rated 7.0, while IBM API Connect is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of 3scale API Management writes "Good gateway and security features, but the developer portal needs to be improved". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM API Connect writes "Stable and easy to set up but might be too costly for small businesses ". 3scale API Management is most compared with Apigee, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager, WSO2 API Manager, Amazon API Gateway and Kong Enterprise, whereas IBM API Connect is most compared with Apigee, IBM DataPower Gateway, Microsoft Azure API Management, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager and Kong Enterprise.

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