Ashutosh AggarwalVice President at a comms service provider
RiteshShahVice President at Exzatech Consulting And Services Pvt Ltd.
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"This is a flexible and versatile API management solution that has the power to integrate with more than just API."
"The most interesting feature is its Mac-based function."
"It's very scalable, which is one of the best features."
"The solution is open-source."
"API management lifecycle is the most valuable."
"The main feature — the publication of the API, the management section — is great in general."
"There are a lot of tools to help the manager. WSO2 is very easy to install. It has all the principal functionalities that you think about when you want to put up the management solution. It's a very friendly tool."
"One of the great things about WSO2 API Manager is that it is so easy to adopt. And because it's an open source solution, we're able to extend the implementation any time to suit our company needs better."
"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."
"The interface needs to be modernized and made more user friendly so the product continues to have a growing community of users."
"API Manager is not easy to scale because some of its components lack scalability. It's a difficult point. Especially because companies are so cloud-based these days, microservice scalability is a major thing."
"Integration is an area that needs to be improved."
"The stability is pretty good, but it could be improved."
"I would like it to be a more convenient development platform with the ability to write orchestrations and so on. Our problem with this product is that in my country, we are the only enterprise that has been using this product. We're missing a lot of knowledge from colleagues to consult with, and we also aren't able to recruit people with relevant skills. It is a big problem. The small team that is maintaining this product is the only team that can actually relate to any technical issue. The support that we're getting from the company is not great. There is also a cultural gap there because they're from Sri Lanka, and it is not easy. They're putting in a lot of effort, but they are not meeting our expectations."
"I think they could greatly improve the general UX with their solutions."
"I would like it to be a more stable solution. Maybe in the last version that is approved. For me it would be good if they had a community established version."
"From a product perspective, the first thing is that although the documentation provided by WSO2 is good, it could be much better. We're in the middle of a complex migration, moving away from VMs to Kubernetes with the latest version of WSO2 and good documentation is essential to us right now."
"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."
"IBM API Connect could be cheaper."
"It is quite an expensive product."
"We use the open-source version — the free version."
"We have not opted for the paid version of WSO2 but we have implemented the free and open source WSO2 software to a great extent and it is working as per our expectation."
"There is a subscription-based pricing structure and also the open-sourced version available."
"It's not expensive, but it could be cheaper."
WSO2 API Manager is an open source approach that addresses full API lifecycle management, monetization, and policy enforcement. It allows extensibility and customization, and ensures freedom from lock-in.
WSO2 API Manager is a unique open approach to full lifecycle API development, integration and management. As part of the larger WSO2 Integration Agile Platform, it is a central component used to deploy and manage API-driven ecosystems. It’s hybrid integration capabilities further simplify projects that span traditional as well as microservice environments. And unlike other API and lifecycle management products, it is fully open-source allowing for extensibility and customization.
IBM API Connect is ranked 4th in API Management with 21 reviews while WSO2 API Manager is ranked 6th in API Management with 12 reviews. IBM API Connect is rated 8.0, while WSO2 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 WSO2 API Manager writes "Good integrations abilities with well-detailed logs". IBM API Connect is most compared with Apigee, IBM DataPower Gateway, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager, Microsoft Azure API Management and Axway AMPLIFY API Management, whereas WSO2 API Manager is most compared with Kong Enterprise, Apigee, Amazon API Gateway, Microsoft Azure API Management and SwaggerHub. See our IBM API Connect vs. WSO2 API Manager report.
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