CA API Management vs. IBM API Connect

As of February 2019, CA API Management is ranked 1st in API Management with 51 reviews vs IBM API Connect which is ranked 3rd in API Management with 17 reviews. The top reviewer of CA API Management writes "Rapid development and deployment of APIs; I can present data in the format in which the client wants to consume it". The top reviewer of IBM API Connect writes "It combines IBM DataPower being a security gateway with some of the features that are in IIB and IBM App Connect. I think that a subscriber should being able to subscribe to a plan". CA API Management is most compared with Apigee, IBM API Connect and Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager. IBM API Connect is most compared with Apigee, CA API Management and Microsoft Azure API Management. See our CA API Management vs. IBM API Connect report.
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The solution helped us to quickly publish and monetize APIs. I have used versioning responses to publish or send APIs to different customers with different versions.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.There are a few assertions which are built-in for threat protection. I have used them for vulnerabilities, like for DDoS attacks, XML schema validation, IP restriction, and for cross-domain.Containerization and the monetization module are quite unique for an API tool... In addition, the development time and rollout time are pretty quick.The security checking authentication is our primary use case for this solution.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.Initial setup is straightforward. It is simple and easy to do.The level of technical support is good.

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I have found the API Management to be most valuable.The ability for all of our web applications to share standard functions and documents easily is valuable.This product is well integrated with other products. Its ability to interact with IBM Secure Gateway and other integration products is the core feature. Also, the lead time to put it into production is relatively short .Easy to configure security and generate API keys.Policy configurations are pretty easy.Since it runs on top of Datapower, all Datapower based custom policies can be utilized and exported to API connect but its not straightforward/simple process.In-built policies and security functions.It gives a holistic environment for us to set up the APIs and that's the main value that it adds. It gives end to end for us.

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The implementation of CA API Management was complex. It is a complicated solution. You have to know so much IT knowledge to do the implementation.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.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.The security protocols in CA's product, for financial services, weren't as good as those in API Connect.We have experienced technical difficulties with the product in the past.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.The API Development tool can be made more user-friendly by providing folder properties.The development toolkit used for creating APIs should be more online and user-friendly. Deployment and tracking could also be improved. Tools like Apigee provide a complete online experience along with RESTful APIs, to manage all activities. It is a very nice and user-friendly solution compared to CA.

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Business applications could be exposed to users.Automation for our Domino applications could be improved.Components, like caching, should be implemented as policies, not requiring dependency on an external solution.IBM info-center help documentation also needs improvement. Competitive product like Apigee provide out of the box policies to run Javascript, JAVA and better/flexible logging policies.Due to bugs in integration, we have to look for workaround on fixing and using DataPower as gateway.We have asked IBM for scalability and for some other features that we wanted. We had a dialogue with them and in the end, they have agreed to provide us with features related to API setup and security.Possible improvement is mainly around having more of the cloud oriented architecture bringing stability in adding new capabilities around security.We would have more capability to interact with the catalog and inventories, so a more DevOps-friendly solution is needed.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
It has a reasonable pricing model by instance.For what we are after, the pricing is okay. It is competitive.We weren't comfortable with the pricing of licensing. It was slightly more expensive than its competitors.I do not have experience with the pricing or licensing of the product.I think it's competitive. It's not that expensive when you compare CA with the Oracle product.I feel that it is costly for medium-sized companies.Pricing is competitive. CA is ready to offer attractive discounts.It's my manager who takes care of the pricing. But I keep on hearing that it's a little pricey, it's on the higher side. That is what he says.

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Also Known As
CA Live API Creator, Espresso Logic, CA API Gateway
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To compete successfully and thrive today, enterprises across every industry need to transform. This process is not just about incremental improvement, but about evolving core businesses to meet the demands of today’s connected world.

CA API Management accelerates this digital transformation by providing the capabilities you need to bring systems together, secure these integrations, deliver better customer experiences faster and capitalize on new opportunities.


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
Alaska Airlines, The Advisory Board Company, Amerigroup, IceMobile, R+V Versicherung, U.S. Army - plus hundreds of other customers in the banking, energy, finance, healthcare, government, manufacturing, transportation and retail sectors.M2M Technologies Inc.
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm29%
Logistics Company9%
Insurance Company9%
Manufacturing Company7%
Financial Services Firm22%
Comms Service Provider14%
Manufacturing Company10%
Financial Services Firm33%
Health, Wellness And Fitness Company17%
Healthcare Company17%
Financial Services Firm38%
Manufacturing Company18%
Marketing Services Firm8%
Company Size
Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise79%
Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise5%
Large Enterprise86%
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise75%
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise4%
Large Enterprise81%
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