Layer7 API Management Pros and Cons

Layer7 API Management Pros

Ewan Sadie
API Technical Lead at Sanlam
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.
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Venkatesh Vanigalla
Software Engineer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
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.
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Sekar Purushothaman
Sr. Systems Engineer at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The out-of-the-box security features are useful. Right now, you can just right-click and drag and drop the assertions with the rate limit. That, as well as the x-amount surge protection, is built in so we can bring that in.
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Atyab Tahir
GM - Head of Digital Transformation at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
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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Tanmoy Bandyopadhyay
Technology Analyst at Infosys Technologies Ltd
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.
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Pradeep Bharadwaj
Computer Scientist at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Key features include: lightweight mediation, transformation from JSON to XML and XML to JSON, API portal and API key management, the Developer Portal, and Circuit Breaker is a cool feature, too.
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Moses Johnson
Lead Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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Aniket.karle
Layer7 API Developer at Allied Globetech
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.
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Abhishek Valsangkar
Business Development - Alliances and Partnerships at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Security is the most important parameter of the solution, for me, because whenever you are exposing your APIs to third-parties, it is critical that the data remains anonymous and that data is retained within the system, that it is not leaked. CA API Management provides good security features.
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JeffreyKlein
Director Identity & Access Management at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
One of the features that the tool provides is the ability to simply onboard new APIs to an existing security platform. We build all the policies for security upfront, and then we can add those policies pretty simply and straightforwardly to any new API that gets developed in the enterprise.
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Layer7 API Management Cons

Ewan Sadie
API Technical Lead at Sanlam
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.
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Venkatesh Vanigalla
Software Engineer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
They need a workflow for the API Developer Portal, where the process only allows requests to go to the correct person.
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Sekar Purushothaman
Sr. Systems Engineer at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
On the monitoring side, we need a better way to monitor it. CA has not given a clear understanding of what external tools we can use to do this.
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Atyab Tahir
GM - Head of Digital Transformation at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The security protocols in CA's product, for financial services, weren't as good as those in API Connect.
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Tanmoy Bandyopadhyay
Technology Analyst at Infosys Technologies Ltd
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.
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Pradeep Bharadwaj
Computer Scientist at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
One area where it certainly needs to improve is the way it allocates requests, in terms of rate limiting. Also, there is no native Kafka connectivity.
we cannot add gateways on the fly because there are a lot of moving parts; endpoint connectivity is one of them. If we add more nodes then the rate-limiting feature is affected. This kind of gateway always has the scalability issue. But, I think CA is coming up with its Microgateway, which is in Beta. If they stabilize their Microgateway platform, we could do very well in terms of scalability.
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Moses Johnson
Lead Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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Aniket.karle
Layer7 API Developer at Allied Globetech
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.
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Abhishek Valsangkar
Business Development - Alliances and Partnerships at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The CA API Management solution has good security features, but when it comes to being used in areas like enterprise integration, where it is being used as middleware for all the IT environments, that particular feature is quite limited. It doesn't support as many protocols as an industry standard, competing product should.
What is really important is that they offer the solution as a service, on a subscription or monthly basis, which will make it more attractive. That is where the market is headed. There are competitors within the industry that are doing that currently. I would encourage CA to do that.
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JeffreyKlein
Director Identity & Access Management at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
One of the features that the tool provides is the ability to simply onboard new APIs to an existing security platform. We build all the policies for security upfront, and then we can add those policies pretty simply and straightforwardly to any new API that gets developed in the enterprise.
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Learn what your peers think about Layer7 API Management. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
419,360 professionals have used our research since 2012.