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Ewan Sadie
Real User
API Technical Lead at Sanlam
Apr 16 2020

What is most valuable?

The Gateway is extremely flexible, which was one of the big plus sides. We had to do a lot of custom integrations which the Gateway made quite easy. E.g. we have… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is assisting in the uptake of JSON REST services. For quick wins, we are doing the basic transformation on the Gateway and handling all the security ingress and egress… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

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… more»

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

No.

What other advice do I have?

We are very happy with the solution. The product set currently sits in our development environment and that is a good fit. Some companies would tend to bundle this with… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we short listed CA, IBM, and Apigee as our final three. We also looked at other products, including the big open source products in the market.
Venkatesh Vanigalla
Real User
Software Engineer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 24 2019

What is most valuable?

It takes an existing service, like JSON or SOAP, and converts it for use on the application (e.g., REST services). From a security point of view, there are different types… more»

How has it helped my organization?

APIs can be developed to provide security. We can show them in one single pane of glass, such as the CA API Management API Developer Portal. It is there that we can… more»

What needs improvement?

Based on the method an API, we need to be able to access that particular API. They need a workflow for the API Developer Portal, where the process only allows requests to… more»

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

CA API Management has a licensing path. If you want more features, it requires more licenses and more installation time.

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

Previously, there was only SOAP services. When you are making an API call with SOAP services, It has a lot of impact on the application by taking too much of the… more»

What other advice do I have?

This product is available on-premise, in the cloud, and Docker.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Compared to other tools, like Apigee, this is the best tool that I have used.
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Sekar Purushothaman
Real User
Sr. Systems Engineer at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 24 2018

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the main things is the call-ahead feature, where people can call ahead of time with our mobile app to reserve a table at these restaurants. We also have private… more»

What needs improvement?

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. We also need a total… more»

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

I think it's competitive. It's not that expensive when you compare CA with the Oracle product. I also haven't seen the latest pricing for the virtual gateways, but what I… more»

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

This is the first one we've picked and then we were pretty happy with it so far.

What other advice do I have?

I rate CA API Management as an eight out of ten due to the overall stability of the product. So, we had this implemented and running fine unless we had increased traffic… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were thinking about the Apache system at that time, as well as the Oracle server and architecture. I used CA in my previous organization so I'm committed to it. To me… more»
Atyab Tahir
Real User
GM - Head of Digital Transformation at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jan 24 2019

What is most valuable?

* Containerization * The monetization module They're quite unique for an API tool. Although we didn't test the monetization, the flexibility of the tool could be quite… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are a bank, and any API management tool helps us find the right partners to build new products in new markets. Given that we are going down the path of open banking… more»

What needs improvement?

This is not specific to CA's tool, but API tools in general. There are two schools of thought: There is the "Apigee" school of thought that says that we don't need… more»

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

We weren't comfortable with the pricing of licensing. It was slightly more expensive than its competitors.

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

In terms of using this solution to modernize legacy systems via microservices/APIs or developing a new platform for mobile/IoT, we haven't used CA's API tool, but the API… more»

What other advice do I have?

With respect to supporting a large number of APIs and/or a large number of transactions, we didn't use it for a large number of transactions. It was a PoC so we only used… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We found that API Connect had superior features. The security protocols in CA's product, for financial services, weren't as good as those in API Connect.
Tanmoy Bandyopadhyay
Consultant
Technology Analyst at Infosys Technologies Ltd
Sep 26 2019

What is most valuable?

I think it's very valuable because of the support desk in one application. It protects us well. That is very important. In terms of security, it's mostly been enough until now. I had used them in my local work. I was playing with them and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I mostly used it when working in the banking sector. There are many bank connections going on every day, especially during the holiday season, which can be kind of tough. We need to straighten the books, which can include how much money… more»

What needs improvement?

From the last version, they have added more dashboard support, but there is still a lot they need to improve. The thing is, on the chart you can set it to forty seconds or one minute. That's fine, but if you hold any request it should be… more»

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

We used Apigee and API Connect. I found that CA is more stable than the others. When you are deploying code, you also need the previous versions. With CA I can track all the changes. It's more stable and reliable.

What other advice do I have?

I would say implement it. If you are new to APIs and things, you won't understand it, but if you have some experience it will be okay. I would rate this as eight of ten.
Pradeep Bharadwaj
Real User
Computer Scientist at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 03 2018

What is most valuable?

* The lightweight mediation * Transformation from JSON to XML and XML to JSON * API portal and API key management * The Developer Portal * Some of the key SSL sessions, inside the gateway * Circuit… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We mostly use this product for our internal customers, so it's not a revenue generator for us. We use it for internal customers to contact the IT systems. In terms of benefits, it's not for external… more»

What needs improvement?

One area where it certainly needs to improve is the way it allocates requests, in terms of rate limiting. Let's say I have set the rate-limiting to 1000 requests per second and I have four nodes in a… more»

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

It's my manager who takes care of the pricing. But I keep on hearing that it's a little pricey, it's on the higher side. That is what he says. We have around 20 licenses so for that, the pretty is… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice would depend on the use case. If it's just a proxy solution that you are looking for, I would say don't go for CA API Gateway because API Gateway is much more than that. If you're looking… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This product existed here before I started with this team so it has been here for last six or seven years. I've only been here for two and a half years. I'm not sure what kind of evaluation took… more»
Moses Johnson
Real User
Lead Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 30 2019

What is most valuable?

We use a pretty simplistic approach and it does what we need it to do for terminating connections and then reestablishing what we needed to do in a DMZ. All of those features are pretty good. We don't… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Being able to protect our communications protocols, from the back office out to the substations that control the device, is helpful.

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

For what we are after, the pricing is okay. It is competitive.

What other advice do I have?

CA API Management is a pretty solid product for what we are using it for. It's been good. It has served our purpose and kept us out of trouble. Evaluate what's out there in the industry. Make sure… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

For an API management solution, we chose the Google Apigee Edge platform. We went a different direction because CA was somewhat limited on some of the lifecycle management things that we were looking… more»
Aniket.karle
Real User
Layer7 API Developer at Allied Globetech
Jan 27 2019

What is most valuable?

I haven't found that there are any most-valuable features. I'm not using any feature most often in any of my use cases. The use cases depend upon the customers' requirements. In terms of protecting APIs against threats and vulnerabilities, there are a few assertions which are built-in for threat… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Using this solution, the deployment and development processes become easier when compared to before, when complete Java development was necessary. Now, the encryption part is very easy and our clients don't have to continuously depend on logic. On this platform, it's very easy for them to understand… more»

What needs improvement?

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. It's a bit of a challenge to make the customer… more»

What other advice do I have?

The tool is very powerful so if you are looking to go with an API platform I would recommend CA. The number of users among our clients is growing, although I don't have an actual number I can give you. Initially, it takes time to get people to understand the platform, but once they understand it… more»
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What is Layer7 API Management?

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

Also known as
CA API Management, CA Live API Creator, Espresso Logic, CA API Gateway
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