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"This is a solid intrusion prevention system that combines a firewall and antivirus in a single solution.""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."

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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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"The OS upgrades are not as frequent as they should be and they are bulky.""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."

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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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"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: 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 »
Top Answer: The solution makes users pay integration fees. You need to pay extra to get proper analytics. It's a separate fee.
Top Answer: If you want to see the full-fledged functionality of their analytics engine, you have to pay separately for that. It's not the case with, for example, Apigee. That is out of the box. For MuleSoft… more »
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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.

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
Cargill, Zillow, Ferrari, WeWork,, Yahoo! Japan, Giphy, SkyScanner
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
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider20%
Financial Services Firm10%
Media Company6%
Computer Software Company27%
Financial Services Firm27%
Manufacturing Company18%
Insurance Company9%
Computer Software Company34%
Comms Service Provider12%
Financial Services Firm9%
Insurance Company6%
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Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise67%
Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise55%
Find out what your peers are saying about Kong Enterprise vs. Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager and other solutions. Updated: March 2021.
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Kong Enterprise is ranked 11th in API Management with 3 reviews while Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is ranked 3rd in API Management with 10 reviews. Kong Enterprise is rated 8.4, while Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Kong Enterprise writes "A combination firewall and anti-virus solution that is dependable and easy to deploy". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager writes "Good API management and an excellent enterprise platform". Kong Enterprise is most compared with Microsoft Azure API Management, WSO2 API Manager, Apigee, Layer7 API Management and Tyk, whereas Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is most compared with Microsoft Azure API Management, Amazon API Gateway, Apigee, IBM API Connect and Layer7 API Management. See our Kong Enterprise vs. Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager report.

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