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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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"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.""The most valuable feature is the ability to investigate APIs.""Whenever there was an issue, the support was excellent.""The most valuable features are API development and API management.""One of the more valuable features is the stability of the platform.""The documentation is great; it is always up to date and well-presented.""The most important features are the API management and API development.""The developer portal is easy to integrate. It is easy to use, easy to integrate, and I like the developer portal."

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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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"Rather than focusing on numbers, they should focus more on the customer support service.""Better documentation to help explain each of the features would be really helpful.""The pricing is quite expensive. It should be adjusted to make it more affordable for users.""The most important thing that should be improved is that it is too heavy.""Not many stand-out features.""The initial setup is very complex.""The API gateway and API runtime are too heavy, which means that it is not suitable for microservices.""I would like to see more automation. Operations are done manually. It should also automate in the operation."

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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.""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.""It's an expensive product."

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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.""The licensing fees are approximately $80,000 USD per year and there are costs for additional functionality, as well as premiums for connectors to systems such as Oracle and SAP.""The pricing is very expensive, although you get a lot of power from the product."

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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: I think the main difference is that WSO2 is open source and you can free download to use it in your on premises platform. But if you are willing to pay for a fully developed product, Mulesoft will… more »
Top Answer: The most important features are the API management and API development.
Top Answer: The licensing fees are approximately $80,000 USD per year and there are costs for additional functionality, as well as premiums for connectors to systems such as Oracle and SAP. You're not obligated… 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.

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 Firm32%
Retailer18%
Computer Software Company9%
Wellness & Fitness Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider14%
Financial Services Firm9%
Insurance Company7%
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Computer Software Company30%
Manufacturing Company20%
Financial Services Firm20%
Insurance Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company36%
Comms Service Provider11%
Media Company7%
Insurance Company6%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise66%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise6%
Large Enterprise69%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM API Connect vs. Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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IBM API Connect is ranked 4th in API Management with 15 reviews while Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is ranked 6th in API Management with 9 reviews. IBM API Connect is rated 8.0, 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, Amazon API Gateway, IBM DataPower Gateway and 3scale API Management, whereas Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is most compared with Microsoft Azure API Management, Apigee, Amazon API Gateway, Kong Enterprise and Layer7 API Management. See our IBM API Connect vs. Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager report.

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