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Design Engineer at Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
Feb 19 2018

What is most valuable?

Security is definitely the top one, and other than that, it is a quite customizable product. I have seen that they are coming up with newer features and they are quick, coming into the market very quickly. Compared to other vendors, this… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The time to go to market has been improved in developing new things while we use this product. We are able to go to market and deploy our functionalities very quickly. We are able to embrace newer security standards. We are able to do that… more»

What needs improvement?

There is still room for improvement for the CA API Developer Portal. It is still not on par with where the competitors are. Other than that, the Core API seems to be very resilient and strong on the security front, but then the CA API… more»

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

The solution was already in my company before I came.

What other advice do I have?

Getting new security standards so quickly into the product is definitely a new surprise. In the CA World, I am seeing a lot of new subproducts that they are introducing, which I was not even aware of. I think that definitely surprised me… more»
Real User
OSS Enterprise Architect
Jan 08 2018

What is most valuable?

Security is the fundamental use of the gateway so the security assertions are heavily used and are consistent. We also use it to broker asynchronous messaging across DCs… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We've got all sorts of threat protection in the API Gateway, from DDoS through to SQL injection and things like that. These are standard features that we use within… more»

What needs improvement?

We have cases open around the SQL injection capabilities that need improvement. Cross-origin resource sharing policies need to be made a common assertion in the Gateway… more»

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

There has a been a lot of confusion with pricing and licenses, especially around the number of cores. In addition, don't underestimate the effort required to build a… more»

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

We use Microsoft IIS in other areas to expose services against a load-balanced cluster. So we have these bulk security components within it. They've never been compromised… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would say that, although the Gateway is geared up for managing SOAP services, the developer portal isn't. It's a gap for us, which means the developer portal isn't quite… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I don't remember all the evaluated options. We reviewed, it must have been six or seven, maybe more, API management vendors.
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Vendor
Senior Java Developer/ Solution Architect at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
May 05 2017

What is most valuable?

It provides a simple way to create REST APIs. It provides easy integration with REST and SOAP services. It has its own language, which make it possible to design and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have used it as the top layer in physical infrastructure architecture and made that available to mobile, iPad and desktop applications. Basically, it worked as a single… more»

What needs improvement?

I feel there is a lot to improve in terms of providing plug-and-play functionalities, as at the moment it requires a lot of coding in their specific language for… more»

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

One of the reasons for choosing it was that we were already using CA products, such as SiteMinder. It provides easy integration with SiteMinder, and because both are CA… more»

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

Previously, we chose to use CA-provided solutions (AuthMinder and RiskMinder), which includes (JSP-based) user interfaces. Also, because we have to make our own designs… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would advise also evaluating Apigee API management if you are looking for an end-to-end API management solution. Otherwise, CA API Management is not a bad choice.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Not really , as we were already using CA products like Siteminder , since layer 7 is also a CA product and provide seamless integration with the product thus we chose… more»
Hari Kandalam
Real User
Director of Architecture at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 19 2016

What is most valuable?

I work for a major healthcare company, it's amongst the top ten Fortune 500 companies and we've been leveraging CA API Management to make our healthcare business services available on the Cloud. To make them available on the Cloud and to enable our healthcare capabilities to be consumed by different… more»

What needs improvement?

With scalability, it comes to resiliency. If you cannot scale you're not resilient. If you're not resilient your performance is worse. If your performance is worse your API and services are not available. Fine lines of availability is one of the key criteria's in the industry - 99.99% availability… more»

What other advice do I have?

The product overall on a scale of 1 to 10 - from a scalability standpoint I would give it an 8. I would certainly give 8, because although I would have loved to go 9 or 10, no product in this world can scale any needs from the get-go but the customer service and the technical support has been… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

If I'm looking for an API management vendor then I would look at the API management vendor's capability, their products capability to make their services available on the Cloud, monetization, security, availability, performance, resiliency, being flexible enough to provide different security… more»
Vendor
Sr Software XML Gateway Developer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 05 2016

What is most valuable?

The following features are most valuable to me: * Extracting credentials for authentication * Security * This product handles security in their own and unique way. e.g internal identity providers, connect to any LDAP in organization and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our organization relies entirely on it for web services and RESTful APIs. Internal applications never get requests if they are not valid or authenticated, which saves the backend server's processing. Big organizations can track demand of… more»

What needs improvement?

An as-is string API is not available for manipulating, like we do have in Java all operations of String are not present. The hard way is by using regular expressions, which is little difficult to intermediate and beginners. Some kinds of… more»

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

Our organization moved to this product because Cisco stopped supporting its gateway.

What other advice do I have?

This is a good tool compared to open source solutions. There still is a lot to be done to improve user experience.
Vendor
Vice President of API Management Division at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Sep 01 2016

What is most valuable?

* Security * Flexibility * Ease of use * Message translation

How has it helped my organization?

We have been able to accelerate our clients’ transition to digital organizations by using the CA API Gateway to rapidly expose legacy business services as RESTful APIs, adding industry-leading security to the APIs, and providing a Developer… more»

What needs improvement?

The Developer Portal has had some limitations but a new version has already been released which addresses these limitations. It is already available in SaaS form and will also be available as an on-premise solution this October. The… more»

What other advice do I have?

API management solutions have many additional valuable features that some IT development purists might not feel “should” be handled by an API gateway. Two examples include the API gateway’s ability to process business rules on a service… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We work with multiple API solution providers. Each has their strengths and weaknesses. We work with our clients to understand their needs, current IT infrastructure, future-state IT infrastructure, and roadmap, then provide them with our… more»

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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