IBM DataPower Gateway Competitors and Alternatives

Read reviews of IBM DataPower Gateway competitors and alternatives

Igmar Rautenbach
Head: B2B Solutions at Trustlink (Pty) Ltd
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Good documentation, strong security functionality and offers great flexibility

What is our primary use case?

We make use of Axway's API gateway API management tool. Its integration with middle wear is similar to ESB. We provide integrations as we are a swift services bureau. We've got customers that are banks and in some use cases. We integrate these banks with their own back office and we tend to provide integration for that. We also make use of the solution to build a marketplace of financial services, which is basically our own solution. For other customers, we do integration of the various source systems, back-office systems, legacy systems, etc. We also do file transformation where we take… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "There's drag and drop functionality so that you do not need to have a senior expert developer to make use of the tool. You can get more of your staff trained up to be able to use it as it's not overly technical."
  • "The installation process is a bit complex and it could be a lot simpler."

What other advice do I have?

We're largely a customer, although we are consultants and refer Axway often. While we use the solution's cloud deployment model, we also engage with the on-premises version as well. I'd advise other companies considering a solution like this to first go and determine their strategy around APIs in their business. That's really important. There needs to be a plan around how a company is going to manage APIs. A business needs to ask itself: What is the digital transformation strategy? They need to approach this as a strategic investment and already have some strategy behind it. It really is core…
Dan Marin
Branch Technical Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Light, with an easy initial setup and a good set of features

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is much lighter as an application server than other solutions that we used before. We used IBM Workshare Application Server and Oracle WebLogic. They are heavy application servers. JBoss is lighter. It starts faster and iterates its application fast. It's much, much faster than the competition."
  • "IBM offered JAVA profiling, which is something I used often and I wish that JBoss had something similar."

What other advice do I have?

We are using JBoss, however, we don't use the real business process management tool. We are in the prospecting phase at this moment. We are investigating a lighter BFM solution and going open-source as much as possible. We would definitely want commercial support at some point due to the fact that when we are going to sell the solution to our clients, we don't want to rely only on opening tickets to the community and getting it solved only whenever we can find an answer that way. We definitely will be looking for a solution with commercial support, however, at the same time, to also needs to…
CK
Enterprise Architect, Mars Global Services at Mars Inc.
Real User
Top 10
Good pricing and great features, but not easy to use

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution for supply chain management between ERP systems and warehouse management systems. We use it with multiple external partners.

Pros and Cons

  • "The cost is pretty cheap, compared to what else is available in the market."
  • "The solution needs to improve it's security and its proactive notification of security issues."

What other advice do I have?

We're IBM customers. We don't have a business relationship with IBM. The solution is deployed on an underlying platform in the traditional MQ. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. I'd rate it higher, however, it's not user friendly. That said, it works really well.
SK
Solution Architect at a sports company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
Good API hosting and management and very stable

What is our primary use case?

We have company-wide APIs which are hosted in Niger, and some of the external clients access the applications via the API, and we provide the post-data information. The clients get their data from our larger API.

Pros and Cons

  • "The API management and the hosting of the API platform are great."
  • "The documentation could be improved for the customer."

What other advice do I have?

We're just a customer. We do plan to continue to use the product going forward. I'm not sure if I would recommend the solution. It depends on how their organization and architecture is, and if they're doing on-prem or cloud, depending on the requirement. It's very hard to say. That said, I would rate it overall at eight out of ten.
Ravi Gunda
Senior Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Provides excellent connectivity but requires much better stability

What is our primary use case?

We primarily provide services using the Mule ESB. We use it to integrate multiple systems.

Pros and Cons

  • "The connectivity the solution provides is excellent. There are often too many systems that we have to integrate and this helps with that."
  • "The solution isn't as stable as we'd like it to be. There are some ongoing issues and therefore Mule has to provide frequent patches. Mule's core IP should be more stable overall."

What other advice do I have?

We're partners of MuleSoft. We provide the solution's service to our clients. The solution would be useful for large organizations. If there are more than three or four systems, and if there is an expansion, it would work best. Small or medium enterprises with two or three systems, may find the solution a little bit unorganized. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. If the stability were more reliable, I'd rate it higher.