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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM API Connect vs. Layer7 API Management and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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"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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"Initial setup is straightforward. It is simple and easy to do.""The level of technical support is good.""Scalability: API Gateway is easily scalable horizontally and managed easily.""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.""The security checking authentication is our primary use case for this solution.""Containerization and the monetization module are quite unique for an API tool... In addition, the development time and rollout time are pretty quick.""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.""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."

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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 API Development tool can be made more user-friendly by providing folder properties.""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.""We have experienced technical difficulties with the product in the past.""The security protocols in CA's product, for financial services, weren't as good as those in API Connect.""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 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.""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.""They need a workflow for the API Developer Portal, where the process only allows requests to go to the correct person."

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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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"I feel that it is costly for medium-sized companies.""I think it's competitive. It's not that expensive when you compare CA with the Oracle product.""I do not have experience with the pricing or licensing of the product.""We weren't comfortable with the pricing of licensing. It was slightly more expensive than its competitors.""For what we are after, the pricing is okay. It is competitive.""It has a reasonable pricing model by instance.""APIs can be developed to provide security. We can show them in one single pane of glass, such as the CA API Management API Developer Portal. It is there that we can provide the monetization for their APIs and what is happening on third-party applications, like Paytm or BookMyShow.""CA API Management has a licensing path. If you want more features, it requires more licenses and more installation time."

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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: A big win for CA was the expertise of the local country support plus having support staff on site in a matter of hours, if required.
Top Answer: Keep in mind the non-product licensing, e.g., if you opt not to use the embedded SQL. If you do a TCO of more than five years, then you will see a big jump in costs for some vendors. Make sure you… more »
Top Answer: The Portal lacks maturity. Since the move from Portal 3.x to 4.x, a lot of features were removed. It is slowly coming back. I can see a lot of changes are done in the "background" to decouple… more »
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CA API Management, CA Live API Creator, Espresso Logic, CA API Gateway
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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.

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.

Read more at http://www.ca.com/api

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Sample Customers
M2M Technologies Inc.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.
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm29%
Retailer19%
Computer Software Company10%
Health, Wellness And Fitness Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company35%
Comms Service Provider12%
Media Company8%
Financial Services Firm7%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm26%
Insurance Company10%
Retailer8%
Comms Service Provider8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company36%
Comms Service Provider10%
Financial Services Firm10%
Media Company9%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise65%
REVIEWERS
Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise76%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business1%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise87%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM API Connect vs. Layer7 API Management and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
441,478 professionals have used our research since 2012.
IBM API Connect is ranked 5th in API Management with 14 reviews while Layer7 API Management is ranked 4th in API Management with 13 reviews. IBM API Connect is rated 8.0, while Layer7 API Management 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 Layer7 API Management writes "Serves to standardise routing messaging services into a single API view with multiple channels". IBM API Connect is most compared with Apigee, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager, Microsoft Azure API Management, Amazon API Gateway and OpenLegacy, whereas Layer7 API Management is most compared with Apigee, Amazon API Gateway, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager, Microsoft Azure API Management and 3scale API Management. See our IBM API Connect vs. Layer7 API Management report.

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