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Pros
"The solution is very easy to work with.""It's high-speed and it can be remotely administered via an API.""The API Connect gateway service and the SQL injection feature is good.""I like all of the features in this product and it does what it's supposed to do.""It can look for the various security threats, productions, payload scanning, and perform routing based on the content type.""It is easy to use, easy to install, and it's resilient for high availability.""What I like most is the stability.""The scalability of the solution is good."

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"In our buying companies' perspective, it was easier to use compared to other platforms. The markets were pretty familiar with the solutions.""Good at intercepting traffic and modeling APIs around that.""Kong Enterprise has excellent plugin support."

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Cons
"The solution requires a lot of training manuals in order to get to know it better and to be able to use it effectively.""The components that they include in the product that are, in fact, a WTX, really need to be removed from the product because they tend to fail.""Scripting needs improvement. It's hard for our customers.""Making it more user-friendly would be an improvement.""Some pre-packaged connectors for integration with various applications, such as SaaS offerings, would be a useful addition.""In the next release, I would like to see the product price reduced. It should be cheaper.""The two biggest issues of this solution are the complexity and the maintenance procedures.""The product should be more adapted to the DevOps process."

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"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.""They could focus more on pricing.""Because it is open-source, it should be less expensive than others."

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"The cost of this product varies from customer to customer and the relationship with IBM, including how many offerings from IBM are already being used.""It's expensive when you compare it with others.""The licensing cost is very expensive.""As far as I know, they have a perpetual license for this product. They are paying perpetual fees rather than an annual subscription or annual pricing."

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"The licensing fees are paid yearly."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: I like that it is very stable, and we never experience any downtime.
Top Answer: As far as I know, they have a perpetual license for this product. They are paying perpetual fees rather than an annual subscription or annual pricing.
Top Answer: Traceability could be improved, especially for business operations. The traceability of the transactions could be an improvement point for DataPower to work on. It would be better if they provided… more »
Top Answer: Good at intercepting traffic and modeling APIs around that.
Top Answer: Kong has a huge community and lot of open source implementations and satisfied users. The motivation to move to Enterprise edition is still license and cost based. Kong can look at different options… more »
Top Answer: Our primary use case of this solution was a secure API Gateway hosted on public cloud infrastructure. The manageability, deployment architecture options and scalability were key considerations. Kong… more »
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8th
out of 41 in API Management
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8.2
11th
out of 41 in API Management
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8.5
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Also Known As
WebSphere DataPower, IBM DataPower, IBM WebSphere DataPower
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Overview

IBM DataPower Gateway is a single multi-channel gateway that helps provide security, control, integration and optimized access to a full range of mobile, web, application programming interface (API), service-oriented architecture (SOA), B2B and cloud workloads. It enables you to rapidly expand the scope of valuable IT assets to new channels - giving customers, employees and partners access to critical resources. It is available in the following form factors: physical, virtual, cloud, Linux and Docker.

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
RBL Bank, Availity
Cargill, Zillow, Ferrari, WeWork, Healthcare.gov, Yahoo! Japan, Giphy, SkyScanner
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company23%
Financial Services Firm18%
Comms Service Provider14%
Insurance Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider20%
Financial Services Firm14%
Media Company4%
Company Size
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Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise75%
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IBM DataPower Gateway is ranked 8th in API Management with 9 reviews while Kong Enterprise is ranked 11th in API Management with 3 reviews. IBM DataPower Gateway is rated 8.2, while Kong Enterprise is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of IBM DataPower Gateway writes "Deals with multiple protocols, but "WTX" components are problematic". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Kong Enterprise writes "Developers and Architects favourite, great for initial adaptors, companies scaling up". IBM DataPower Gateway is most compared with IBM API Connect, Apigee, IBM Integration Bus, Mule ESB and Layer7 API Management, whereas Kong Enterprise is most compared with Microsoft Azure API Management, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager, WSO2 API Manager, Apigee and Tyk. See our IBM DataPower Gateway vs. Kong Enterprise report.

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