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"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.""It impresses me as a product because it never goes down. It always does what it is supposed to do.""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.""It is helpful to have a central API that is hosted and managed.""We loved the portal part the most, which had monetization and showed how people were using the stuff. It is a good product as a whole and has a lot of microservices and granular features.""The solution fills our two most important concerns in seeking an API solution by providing a reliable gateway and security options.""The mobile access gateway (MAG) is tremendous.""When I have used technical support they helped me a lot. Sometimes they took a long time to respond because we had very complex issues that we asked them for help with, but I think it is a very good service."

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"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."

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Cons
"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.""Some users say that the API lacks some features and is lagging behind the competition although that has not been my personal experience.""The interface is Java which is difficult to make look very nice.""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.""If they had different levels of support available then it would be easier to justify the costs.""The delivery is bulky in terms of implementation. Its price could also be better. It is a very good product as compared to CA API, Google API, and WSO2 API, but its price is high. From the cloud-native perspective, some new features need to be added. It could also be made simpler to implement.""The setup was not as straightforward as it should have been. Support should be improved.""The architecture of the solution does not allow for flexibility in using different components for the gateway architecture."

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"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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"At the time we bought the product it was a perpetual users license and there has been no need for additional licensing fees.""There are some costs for maintenance that we are charged, but that seems fair because we get the support.""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.""It is a pricey product, although not extremely overpriced compared to competitors in the market.""It was very high at that time. We are a Broadcom CA partner, and we got it only for testing purposes. We didn't pay anything for it.""This solution is a bit more expensive than competitors."

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"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."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: When I have used technical support they helped me a lot. Sometimes they took a long time to respond because we had very complex issues that we asked them for help with, but I think it is a very good… more »
Top Answer: This solution is a bit more expensive than competitors.
Top Answer: The Policy Manager tool that is used to manage the solution is very heavy to use because it is based in Java. Sometimes it takes a long time to load. There could be some improvements to it. If they… more »
Top Answer: Helped us to quickly publish our Microservice APIs and enforcing different policies against them, it comes up with features like Security, Throttling policy and it provides complete access to… more »
Top Answer: Providing easy configuration for email and SMS notifications, layout and customization of admin and developer landing pages.
Top Answer: We have developed a slew of applications for Bank, that helped transform multiple core banking processes, such as customer onboarding, account servicing, and rapid loan request fulfillment. The… more »
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CA API Management, CA Live API Creator, Espresso Logic, CA API Gateway
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Overview

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

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.

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Sample Customers
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.
StubHub, Dialog
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm25%
Insurance Company10%
Retailer8%
Comms Service Provider8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider12%
Financial Services Firm10%
Insurance Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider28%
Financial Services Firm7%
Government6%
Company Size
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Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise72%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business1%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise81%
REVIEWERS
Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise54%
Find out what your peers are saying about Layer7 API Management vs. WSO2 API Manager and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
521,817 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Layer7 API Management is ranked 7th in API Management with 9 reviews while WSO2 API Manager is ranked 6th in API Management with 12 reviews. Layer7 API Management is rated 8.4, while WSO2 API Manager is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Layer7 API Management writes "Serves to standardise routing messaging services into a single API view with multiple channels". On the other hand, the top reviewer of WSO2 API Manager writes "Good integrations abilities with well-detailed logs". Layer7 API Management is most compared with Apigee, Amazon API Gateway, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager, Microsoft Azure API Management and webMethods.io API, whereas WSO2 API Manager is most compared with Kong Enterprise, Apigee, Amazon API Gateway, Microsoft Azure API Management and Apiary. See our Layer7 API Management vs. WSO2 API Manager report.

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