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Pros
"The developer portal has been the most useful feature.""The solution is very stable.""The most valuable feature is the security we get from this solution. I know of a bank that uses it to ensure that everything is secure. The second feature I like is the retail environment, where we actually want to be able to provide as many suppliers and consumers with APIs as possible. If you are well-trained in the writing of RESTful API's, you can actually publish an API in a matter of minutes, test it, and publish it.""The solution is very scalable because it's on the cloud.""API Connect is a very good platform for the development of APIs.""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.""Our version supports containerized integration. I can write APIs, which can be moved into a testing environment without needing a forklift. It can check if APIs are compliant before moving them into production.""It allows enterprises to expose some of their tech to outside stakeholders."

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"This is a solid intrusion prevention system that combines a firewall and antivirus in a single solution.""In our buying companies' perspective, it was easier to use compared to other platforms. The markets were pretty familiar with the solutions."

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Cons
"Like any typical IBM infrastructure setup, you need to learn to set it up yourself. It's not one of those simple zip files or an archive unzip and you're up and running in some few minutes. Knowledge to set it up is key.""The solution is not scalable.""The new version is very unstable.""In the next version, I don't know if they've already been included it or not, but the designer and all the tools should be on the cloud. I don't want any external installation or local installation.""They seem to have left out a feature for microservices and also a certification module for OIDC.""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.""There are issues with upgrading in the cloud version. The cloud version is extremely buggy. We prefer to use the on-premise version.""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."

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"The OS upgrades are not as frequent as they should be and they are bulky.""There should be an easier way to integrate with other solutions, even though it's the same API solution layer. Comparability will be a good improvement."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"API Connect is quite pricey.""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 would be a good idea to bring down the pricing by at least 20 to 30 percent.""The pricing is too expensive with IBM. Sometimes, we prefer to go with an open source or something more lightweight.""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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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Our version supports containerized integration. I can write APIs, which can be moved into a testing environment without needing a forklift. It can check if APIs are compliant before moving them into… more »
Top Answer: API Connect is quite pricey. The developer builds the API and determines what should be put together. However, the business people determine the price. The product plan and pricing needs improvement… more »
Top Answer: There is room for improvement in the reporting and monetization. With monetization, I want to be able to provide my own pricing and platform. I would like them to add hooks into the API. E.g., it… more »
Top Answer: In our buying companies' perspective, it was easier to use compared to other platforms. The markets were pretty familiar with the solutions.
Top Answer: It can be our personal, our company's issue, but when we were doing separate projects, we were facing a lot of solutions. For some of our major projects, the API was not using Kong as a group… more »
Top Answer: We define our enterprise architect and Kong has been selected as an API integration layer solution. We deploy in some of the markets if they're ready to go, and some of the markets are not really… more »
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Overview
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.

Kong delivers a next generation API platform built for modern architectures. With a lightnight-fast, lightweight, and flexible core, Kong delivers sub-millisecond latency across all your services. Kong's is deployment-, vendor-, and pattern-agnostic, allowing you to run your services how you want, where you want, and with who you want - from baremetal to cloud, monolith to microservices, service mesh, and beyond.

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Sample Customers
M2M Technologies Inc.Cargill, Zillow, Ferrari, WeWork, Healthcare.gov, Yahoo! Japan, Giphy, SkyScanner
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm29%
Retailer19%
Computer Software Company10%
Health, Wellness And Fitness Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider14%
Financial Services Firm8%
Media Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company35%
Comms Service Provider18%
Media Company7%
Insurance Company6%
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise65%
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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM API Connect vs. Kong Enterprise and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
447,228 professionals have used our research since 2012.
IBM API Connect is ranked 5th in API Management with 14 reviews while Kong Enterprise is ranked 9th in API Management with 2 reviews. IBM API Connect is rated 8.0, while Kong Enterprise is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of IBM API Connect writes "Provides good security and scales to quite a large number of products but needs to stabilize Version 2018 rapidly. Still too many fixpacks and outstanding issues". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Kong Enterprise writes "A combination firewall and anti-virus solution that is dependable and easy to deploy". IBM API Connect is most compared with Apigee, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager, Microsoft Azure API Management, Amazon API Gateway and Tyk, whereas Kong Enterprise is most compared with WSO2 API Manager, Microsoft Azure API Management, Apigee, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager and Amazon API Gateway. See our IBM API Connect vs. Kong Enterprise report.

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