Compare IBM WebSphere DataPower vs. Layer7 API Management

IBM WebSphere DataPower is ranked 10th in API Management with 3 reviews while Layer7 API Management is ranked 2nd in API Management with 18 reviews. IBM WebSphere DataPower is rated 7.4, while Layer7 API Management is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of IBM WebSphere DataPower writes "Deals with multiple protocols, but "WTX" components are problematic". 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 WebSphere DataPower is most compared with IBM Integration Bus, Mule ESB and NGINX Plus, whereas Layer7 API Management is most compared with Apigee, Amazon API Gateway and Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager. See our IBM WebSphere DataPower vs. Layer7 API Management report.
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The API Connect gateway service and the SQL injection feature is good.It's high-speed and it can be remotely administered via an API.The solution is very easy to work with.

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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.This improved our organization, because it gives the management data to discuss for the next course of action and it suggests what to work on, as the next thing.I work for an information security company. CA API Management is capable of using tokens for authorization to manage access control for the APIs.As an organization grow, you can use CA API Management for authentication purposes through the CA API Gateway. It allows for multiple identity providers with different Active Directories.The solution helped us to quickly publish and monetize APIs. I have used versioning responses to publish or send APIs to different customers with different versions.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.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.Containerization and the monetization module are quite unique for an API tool... In addition, the development time and rollout time are pretty quick.

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Scripting needs improvement. It's hard for our customers.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.The solution requires a lot of training manuals in order to get to know it better and to be able to use it effectively.

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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 components and make it more flexible. Those changes are just not getting to the UI side quick enough.From the last version, they have added more dashboard support, but there is still a lot they need to improve. In terms of monitoring, it's almost all covered. The interface can be improved, though.One specific feature that we need is the ability to authenticate directly to the server with API data. It's not complex nowadays. This is a feature that we need and CA doesn't have it.They need a workflow for the API Developer Portal, where the process only allows requests to go to the correct person.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.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.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 security protocols in CA's product, for financial services, weren't as good as those in API Connect.

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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.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.It has a reasonable pricing model by instance.For what we are after, the pricing is okay. It is competitive.We weren't comfortable with the pricing of licensing. It was slightly more expensive than its competitors.I do not have experience with the pricing or licensing of the product.

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Also Known As
WebSphere DataPower, IBM DataPowerCA API Management, CA Live API Creator, Espresso Logic, CA API Gateway
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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.

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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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
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company38%
Insurance Company12%
Comms Service Provider12%
Media Company9%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm28%
Insurance Company11%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Logistics Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company30%
Retailer16%
Financial Services Firm11%
Media Company11%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise76%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business2%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise90%
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