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Question: Which is better - Azure API Management or Amazon API Gateway?
Answer: If you use Azure products, API Management is a great solution. It solves many of the problems of externalizing web services. For example, when you need versioning, establish a developer portal and subscription keys. It provides a good UI for developer portals. The developer can register, request, and manage subscriptions easily in the portal. Another thing we liked was the high level of customization. You can use API Management for back-end APIs. You can place the APIM in front to give extra layers of security. APIM is great for lift and shift migrations, too, by fine-tuning the policies in the APIM. The downside is, first, the cost. You need to pay up front for the service. So if you are a small business, it can be expensive because the cost increases with each API. If you are already using Azure, you need premium Azure B2C to integrate with your system. AWS API Gateway (API GW) might be better for organizations that already use other AWS resources. It is a great tool for web services development. If you need to integrate external tools, AWS API Gateway provides an extra security and authentication layer for front-end web services. For instance, as an HTTP front end for internal resources. We use API GW for front-end web services and to integrate static resources. Although we are overall happy with API GW in terms of security and rapid development, it leaves some room for improvement. If you need to create a private API, it can be very difficult. Certifying clients can be a hassle, as well as trying to debug multiple services. Conclusions Azure API Management is a strong solution for large organizations, particularly if leveraging Azure products already. AWS API Gateway is more versatile and the pricing is better.
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Pros
"It's flexible. It was valuable.""It is very helpful, with our API-based applications.""It's easy to integrate and provide support for existing AWS services if I use the AWS API gateway.""In terms of most valuable features, it would say that it is really easy to start working with it.""Its security feature is the most valuable because it is mainly a security solution. It has easy authentication and authorization, and its integration is also useful."

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"Initial setup was quite easy.""The most valuable features are the ease of use and it is a platform that has self-enablement for the customers to be able to register themselves.""I like the stability and the ease of use.""Ease of integration into the entire Microsoft environment.""I have found this solution to be easy to configure, simple to use, and flexible.""We're pretty much using all of the monetizations features out of the API manager so we can put up a portal and have a dev portal and then a prod portal and do rate limiting.""The most valuable feature is the developer portal, which has source code examples in various programming languages to help developers learn the API.""The integration with Azure Active Directory is a good security feature for authentication and authorization. There is multifactor authentication. You can also use all of the Azure AD features integrated with API Management."

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Cons
"I am not completely satisfied with Technical Support.""Monitoring could be improved.""It would be useful to have a more complete development environment for the developer, with different integrative capabilities to manage all the life cycles for the API. I think the full version formula for that is really useful. They should improve the development environment for easier integration.""The integration could be improved.""The user interface, in general, can be better. The user interface for the entire Amazon cloud can be more friendly. There are some scenarios that are not really easy to manage and configure through the user interface."

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"From my understanding, there are some constraints around governance and service-to-service intercommunication managing priorities and our own governance.""If I compare this solution to others I have used in other phases of my life, having APIM being an Azure resource, it is easy to configure and deploy. However, this conversely reduced the flexibility. The difficulty is how do we configure it in a manner that a larger enterprise would probably want it to be. This creates a bit more complexity, working around the constraints of the resource itself. If comparing it to other solutions, it is more of a legacy design with an older approach. The various level components are still around resembling an on-premise type of design similar to other solutions, such as Apigee or Mulesoft. They are still predominantly carrying some legacy design. Which might be suited for organizations where they have a more complex network layout. APIM is easy to deploy, but on the other side of that, it is constrained to how Azure has designed it to be.""There is always room for improvement. There should be more analytics abilities so you can know how much traffic there is. Log Analyzer isn't well integrated with this solution.""The developer portal can be improved.""Other products have more customization options.""The licensing fees should be cheaper.""This solution is only available as a cloud-based deployment and it would be very helpful to have an on-premises version.""The user interface needs improvement."

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"Fees are volume-based.""There are no licensing fees."

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"The licensing fees are expensive.""Based on the resources that we are leveraging, the price we are paying to use this solution is slightly higher than other competitors. In a few cases, it has its own advantage in some resources.""It's being paid monthly.""Since this is a cloud-based solution you have to abide by those financial limits, this creates some different challenges compared to other solutions.""The price of the solution is reasonable compared to others."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Amazon API Gateway is a platform that supports the creation and publication of API for web applications. The platform can support thousands of simultaneous API calls, and it provides monitoring… more »
Top Answer: I have found that Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is the best integration tool out there for API management. It is easy to implement and learn; it provides several options for deployment, (including… more »
Top Answer: If you use Azure products, API Management is a great solution. It solves many of the problems of externalizing web services. For example, when you need versioning, establish a developer portal and… more »
Top Answer:  Apigee offers both cloud-based and on-prem options while Microsoft Azure API Management currently only offers a cloud-based solution. Both solutions are easy to use. Apigee allows for the… more »
Top Answer: The initial setup is not that complex, but there are certain challenges.
Top Answer: We are limited to what choice of solution we can purchase. There are multiple aspects here. If it is a choice that we have to make, then we do it based on the requirement or recommendations, such as… more »
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Also Known As
Azure API Management, MS Azure API Management
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Overview

Amazon API Gateway is a fully managed service that makes it easy for developers to create, publish, maintain, monitor, and secure APIs at any scale. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, you can create an API that acts as a "front door" for applications to access data, business logic, or functionality from your back-end services, such as workloads running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), code running on AWS Lambda, or any Web application.

Microsoft Azure API Management ensures an organization's API program reaches its fullest potential. With API management, organizations can publish web services as APIs reliably, securely and at scale. Use API Management to drive API consumption among internal teams, partners, and developers while benefiting from business and operational insights available in the admin portal.
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Sample Customers
Autodesk, Fox Digital Consumer Group, iFlix, UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), Miovision, Olympusat, PhotoVogue, Royale International Group, Veracode
adnymics GmbH, LG CNS, Centrebet, netfabb GmbH, MedPlast, Accelera Solutions, Sochi Organizing Committee, realzeit GmbH, Opensistemas
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider16%
Media Company8%
Financial Services Firm8%
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University10%
Comms Service Provider10%
Translation And Localization Position10%
Wellness & Fitness Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm9%
Insurance Company6%
Company Size
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Small Business25%
Large Enterprise75%
REVIEWERS
Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise58%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise66%
Find out what your peers are saying about Amazon API Gateway vs. Microsoft Azure API Management and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Amazon API Gateway is ranked 7th in API Management with 5 reviews while Microsoft Azure API Management is ranked 2nd in API Management with 20 reviews. Amazon API Gateway is rated 8.0, while Microsoft Azure API Management is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Amazon API Gateway writes "Secure, easy to use, includes WAF rules, has responsive technical support, and provides excellent documentation". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure API Management writes "Easy to use API management with a platform that allows customers to register themselves". Amazon API Gateway is most compared with Apigee, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager, WSO2 API Manager, Layer7 API Management and Kong Enterprise, whereas Microsoft Azure API Management is most compared with Apigee, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager, Kong Enterprise, IBM API Connect and WSO2 API Manager. See our Amazon API Gateway vs. Microsoft Azure API Management report.

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