Compare IBM API Connect vs. Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager

IBM API Connect is ranked 4th in API Management with 11 reviews while Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is ranked 5th in API Management with 5 reviews. IBM API Connect is rated 8.2, while Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is rated 8.2. 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 Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager writes "Good API management and an excellent enterprise platform". IBM API Connect is most compared with Apigee, Microsoft Azure API Management and Amazon API Gateway, whereas Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is most compared with Apigee, Microsoft Azure API Management and Amazon API Gateway. See our IBM API Connect vs. Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager report.
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Pros
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.API Connect is a very good platform for the development of APIs.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.The solution is very stable.The developer portal has been the most useful feature.I have found the API Management to be most valuable.

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One of the more valuable features is the stability of the platform.The most valuable features are API development and API management.Whenever there was an issue, the support was excellent.The most valuable feature is the ability to investigate APIs.The ESB, the enterprise service bus is what we primarily use. In addition to that, the API management. These are the two tools which we have been using extensively. The enterprise platform.

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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.They seem to have left out a feature for microservices and also a certification module for OIDC.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.The solution is not scalable.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.Business applications could be exposed to users.

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Not many stand-out features.The most important thing that should be improved is that it is too heavy.The pricing is quite expensive. It should be adjusted to make it more affordable for users.Better documentation to help explain each of the features would be really helpful.Rather than focusing on numbers, they should focus more on the customer support service.

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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.

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I'm unsure about licensing costs because I'm not the person who handles this. But, ballpark, it's probably somewhere around $300,000-$400,000 or something like that.

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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.

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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Sample Customers
M2M Technologies Inc.Coca-Cola, Splunk, Citrix, UCSF, Vertu, State of Colorado, National Post, TiVo, Deakin, LLS, Oldcastle Precast, ParcelPoint, Justice Systems, Ube, Sumitomo Corporation, PacificComp, University of Witwatersrand, Groupe Initiatives, Camelot, Panviva
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm28%
Retailer22%
Healthcare Company11%
Health, Wellness And Fitness Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company36%
Comms Service Provider10%
Manufacturing Company8%
Financial Services Firm7%
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Software R&D Company43%
Manufacturing Company14%
Insurance Company14%
Financial Services Firm14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company36%
Media Company10%
Comms Service Provider8%
Financial Services Firm8%
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