Kong Enterprise Competitors and Alternatives

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Real User
API Application Security Specialist
Oct 09 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution gives you a unified way to have your API accessed. It's a managed product and is fully scalable. This solution ties in very well with all of the AWS services, such as IAM and asset management. It gives you security from an… more »

How has it helped my organization?

This solution gives you end-to-end protection in what you're able to do. This includes a certificate base, TLS from endpoints, and you can protect the whole link. It will generate certificate keys for you.

What needs improvement?

One of the problems with using this solution is that you have to know a lot about the Amazon ecosystem, in terms of services, to be able to use it. For example, if you use it without the Web Application Firewall then you're going to get… more »

What other advice do I have?

I have heard complaints that people say this product does not have good security, but that is not true. There is an expectation that you can use it with other Amazon services to provide security, as well as other functionality. This is a… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This solution does more for you than a product like Kong.
marksimpson
Real User
Development Director at Griffiths Waite
May 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The linkage to Apiary and the validation between the API documentation and the resource endpoints has ensured our documentation and implementation stay aligned. There is… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The API Platform has provided a consistent place to administer OAuth 2.0, Access Key, and other policies across groupings of APIs. It has also allowed standardization in… more »

What needs improvement?

The APIs to retrieve the list of APIs should be improved. The need to allow token-based authorization with grant types other than the current password types, allowing us… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is for each logical gateway (a logical gateway can have multiple physical nodes). The cost is very competitive for the average load that we expect. However… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used a Service Bus previously. The API Platform has better native support for REST and the Gateway is more lightweight.

What other advice do I have?

There is a clear roadmap for support of standards in documentation and policies. I am keen on the fact that modern consumption protocols, like GraphQL, are also… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Kong and IBM API Connect.
Real User
CEO & Co-Founder at a computer retailer with 11-50 employees
Apr 03 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable things about this solution are how it is implemented and managed, and that it is vendor-free. For system integrators and analysts, it is pretty clear how this system works. The documentation is great; it is always up to… more »

What needs improvement?

The initial setup is very complex.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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. You're not obligated but it is better to buy premium and… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have worked with other API management systems such as those by Kong and Tyk. Each vendor has its own functionality that you need to know about so that you can work with effectively.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is considering this solution is to first make sure that there are no alternatives that are most cost-effective, such as open-source products. Many of them are much cheaper but are still able to provide the same… more »
Jun Hwang
Real User
Director at funlab inc
May 05 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the load balancing with the circuit-breaker function. The virtual endpoint and distributing requests work well. It integrated well with other solutions, such as Datadog.

What needs improvement?

Sometimes when new features are released, they are not immediately stable. It can take a few months for them to catch up completely.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There are different versions and plans available depending on the requirements, so there is flexibility in terms of the pricing. Compared to other products, this is a cheaper solution.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used Kong at one point but it was quite some time ago, so I do not have recent experience with it.

What other advice do I have?

Our customers are happy with the features and performance, and I have not heard any complaints with respect to technical support. Tyk only has a single product, so the length of time between updates is really short. For example, if there is… more »
Real User
Assistant Vice President at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 09 2020

What is most valuable?

The interface is good. The policies that it uses as opposed to the features that it has in terms of security and the throughput management and those aspects, are intuitive. There's also the ease of use.

What needs improvement?

The product currently doesn't have a feature for integrated billing, so it's on the monitors or EPS, it's something they could add as an additional feature. The other thing is perhaps a SaaS version of Akana would also help.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We tried out the AWS VPN advantage gateway and the other API management. Those products are out of the box and are therefore much simpler to use, but we also wanted to see an on-prem version of it, so that's when we took up Akana.

What other advice do I have?

The thing is that there are the other API gateways out there as well. There is a tool called Kong and a tool called Tyk, which are open source versions your decision depends upon the scale of the company. If you have someone who can work with open source, I would recommend using Kong. If you have a… more »
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