Apigee vs. Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager

Apigee is ranked 2nd in API Management with 9 reviews vs Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager which is ranked 4th in API Management with 2 reviews. The top reviewer of Apigee writes "The portal gives you good control on the documentation, content delivery, and developer onboarding". The top reviewer of Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager writes "It's provided a complete and architecturally sound solution for building publicly facing API's that can be consumed and invoked by client-side devices". Apigee is most compared with Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager, IBM API Connect and Microsoft Azure API Management. Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is most compared with Apigee, Microsoft Azure API Management and CA API Management. See our Apigee vs. Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager report.
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Pricing options need to be chosen on a case-by-case basis.Since it was acquired by Google, we can get a license based on our requirements and the cost level will depend on cloud access and support.Based on your usage of the APIs you can take a decision to go with either an on-cloud or OPDK version. Get in touch with the sales representatives of Apigee.As most of the customers say, the tool is a bit expensive.

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Rhea Rapps

Apigee hands down.

Previously tested both and MuleSoft took a couple weeks to understand how to build interfaces.

Two weeks to get our first REST to SOAP API up and running on MuleSoft.

Then we tried Apigee…

Found the menu was easy to navigate.

Pointed at our SOAP service, clicked a couple buttons and built.

Went to the test screen, entered the required parameters and BAM – worked.

Literally, five minutes and we were testing a working interface.

One company I worked for picked MuleSoft and none of the developers were happy.

Another company I worked for picked Apigee and the developers liked it.

P.S. Kubernetes over PCF all the way – execs need to ask real developers for their preference not just listen to marketing and sales guys.

23 March 18
Alexey PirozhnikovUser

Mostly worked with ApiGee Cloud and just evaluated MuleSoft.

MuleSoft great in providing lots of integration policies/beans out of the box (e.g. if you want to get direct access to S3 or Salesforce just take prepared policy and use). Flow design can be done both online (rather limited functionality) and offline (quite powerful but bulky Eclipse-based tool). Good enough analytics. Monetization should be plugged fro third-party provider.

ApiGee (Cloud) is easy to use, great support from the community, good enough online flow design tool. Great analytics (standard) and good monetization features (add-on).

For small/medium development teams who aren't specifically interested in integrations of numerous complicated data sources I'd rather suggest to go with ApiGee.

22 March 18
Arnab SenguptaUser

It depends on your needs. I would recommend Apigee if you are don’t need an Integration Platform/ ESB for any heavy lifting. Mulesoft Cloudhub comes with one common engine “Mule Anypoint Runtime Engine” which is the core and offers ESB capabilities including a lot of OOTB connectors.

Now if your southbound/ downstream has a lot of legacy applications requiring message/ file based integrations, then it makes sense to use Mulesoft, wrap these legacy-interfaces as HTTP/Web end-points and wire them using API Manager.

On the other hand, if you downstream is already on HTTP endpoint/ microservices, then Apigee is far more robust than API Manager. You can simply scale it to 200tps without any hassle. The deployment model of Apigee is lot cleaner as you can scale the “Message Processor & Message Router” (part of Edge gateway) separately from Dev Portal & Management server. The analytics is far superior to Mule and you far more options when wiring API than Mule. For example, the concept of IP-whitelisting, data policies (as filters) is pretty cool in Apigee. Another key point is you can have a hybrid model in Apigee with on-prem Message Router(s) to deploy multiple clusters of microservices. I have not used BaaS but it gives you the ability to create “Application Network” very similar to Mule except it looks richer.

Finally, with zookeeper, clustering of Apigee Edge server is more robust than Mulesoft, especially on higher loads. My verdict is Apigee if Integration is NOT a need.

BTW, I felt API Manager’s Anypoint Exchange is a better collaboration platform for sharing API definition within enterprise and outside. It's actually nice 😊. But with Salesforce acquisition of Mulesoft, please understand their long-term roadmap and support/upgrade (especially if you going with On-Premise and not on cloud).

Best Regards,

22 March 18

Interesting question. Both are gateways that I am confident in and both meet needs for Clients I work with.
I find both are not perfect API gateway offerings or rather others are more complete.
Rather than answer which gateway is better, or showcase all the differences, I think we have to start with what is your use case for the gateway.

Is the requirement for greenfield development or exposing an existing set of service?
Is the goal to gain control of the developers or enable citizen developers outside the organization?
Are you composing JSON API from multiple existing internal multiprotocol Services?
Are you proxying only for gathering metrics and analytics for your API usage?
Does the organization have a dedicated staff to only API support?

Depending on what you want to accomplish and the size of your organization and size of your API catalogs, different gateways suit you better.
As the number of micro-services grows into the thousands and hundreds of thousands different gateways standout.

The granularity of APIs provided by microservices is often different than what a client needs.
A gateway that facilitates composition of API from multiple downstream microservices can greatly accelerate adoption of the API.
The selection of the RIGHT API management software could best be described by choosing the one that matches the companies goals.
If a company really wants to control the API’s and their visibility to the citizen developers(read general public) then CA / IBM excel in this space.
If a company is wanting to have control but is more focused on making Microservice API’s useful and easier to use then TIBCO Mashery has a better Developer gateway.

Generally speaking, API product/offerings can be viewed as all similar but each having 3 main areas of Interest and specialization.

1. API Publisher portal (for use by admins) CA(layer7) and IBM leaders here

2. API Developer portal to learn system TIBCO Mashery is leader here

3. Proxy (API Gateway) does re-writing, format conversion, rate limiting (throttling). CA(layer7) is a leader here

The Leaders in each area come from their background
Mashery was a small company focusing on Agile development and API enabling developers
CA was Layer7 and they dominated the firewall/ external edge of companies parameters
IBM was (and is) all about control and has always been supporting companies operations

22 March 18
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Apigee Edge, the self-service API management platform, enables companies to secure, scale, manage, and analyze their digital business, and grow API programs to meet the increase in demand. Edge enables enterprises to design and build the APIs that securely share their services and data.

Key capabilities of the Apigee Edge API management platform include:

  • Security: protect APIs, messages, and backends with configurable policies such as OAuth, API key verification, XML/JSON threat protection, access control.
  • API gateway: secure and mediate the traffic between clients and backends, and between a company’s APIs and the developers, customers, partners, and employees who use the APIs.
  • Developer portal: attract and engage application developers, enabling them to discover, explore, purchase (or profit from), and test APIs and register to access and use the APIs.
  • API lifecycle management: manage the process of designing, developing, publishing, deploying, and versioning APIs.

API Manager is a component of Anypoint Platform for designing, building, managing, and publishing APIs. Anypoint Platform uses Mule as its core runtime engine. You can use API Manager on a public cloud, such as CloudHub, a private cloud, or a hybrid. A hybrid deployment is an API deployed on a private server but having metadata processed in the public cloud.

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