Microsoft Azure API Management Reviews

Microsoft Azure API Management is the #3 ranked solution of our top API Management tools. It's rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Apigee - Microsoft Azure API Management vs Apigee

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Srinivas Kode
Real User
Vice President - Competency and Channels at Techwave.
Apr 02 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the ease of use and the self-enablement through subscriptions for our consumers. Consumers can get into the API gateway library and register… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It is enabling two things. First it is helping our customers get on the path of application modernization and be on the digital journey. Secondly, it is enabling them to… more »

What needs improvement?

Nothing in specific but there is always some improvements that can be made to user interface to enhance and improve the UX experience. As Microsoft adds more an more… more »

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

It's being paid monthly. It is comparable and falls in the mid range in the competitive landscape.

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

In this particular customer, they were using EDI-based transaction processing. We have been able to transform them into the API journey. EDI technology is of the past and… more »

What other advice do I have?

API and microservices based architectures is the modern architecture to enable organizations for digital growth. With that said Microsoft Azure is definitely is in the top… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have evaluated WSO2, APIGEE, MuleSoft with API Manager
Real User
Enterprise Infrastructure Architecture at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 24 2020

What is most valuable?

It's not the best product on the market which makes it difficult to pick a particular point that we like the best. It could be the integration in the Azure portal. In the Azure cloud it's directly connected with Azure ID, so if you stay in… more »

What needs improvement?

R&P, the publishing process could be improved. They are currently restructuring it, I believe. I'm not technical but we noticed that the old developer portal got deprecated and they're introducing a new one. It's not polished and still… more »

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

This is the first solution we evaluated and we chose it mainly in order to gain experience which is why we called it an experience project rather than a proof of concept project. We figured out that for our productive usage, we will select… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this product a six out of 10.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As mentioned, this is the only option we looked at. We chose Azure because it's easy to deploy and it's cheap. It's a good starting point and if they develop it further, it might be good for productive usage, especially if you are planning… more »
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Anurag-Bhatnagar
Consultant
Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 10 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the developer portal, which has source code examples in various programming languages to help developers learn the API. It is possible to combine APIs and make a new product, which is a very good feature. It is… more »

What needs improvement?

This solution is only available as a cloud-based deployment and it would be very helpful to have an on-premises version. This is driven by the fact that some of our clients have specific requirements and they do not want to be on the cloud… more »

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

We did not use another API management solution prior to this one. We were developing applications and then moved into APIs.

What other advice do I have?

This is absolutely a solution that I would recommend for others. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered other options; however, our client is mainly a Microsoft shop and they were already using Azure for various things. As such, we did not fully evaluate other options.
Paul-Emmanuel BREC
Real User
IT Enterprise Architect - Middleware & Integration at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Mar 09 2020

What is most valuable?

The way the solution integrates with other Azure services is its most valuable aspect.

How has it helped my organization?

Using an API management tool was new for us and it's definitely brought us a lot of value since implementation.

What needs improvement?

The portal where we publish the APIs could be improved. Maybe this is because we didn't configure it. It is quite easy to bypass API management because we have a lot of information shared on the… more »

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

The pricing of the product is reasonable. It was one of the selling points for us when we were looking for a solution for our company.

What other advice do I have?

So far, we've been very happy with the solution. I'd rate it eight out of ten overall.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate a few other solutions before ultimately going with Microsoft. We looked at MuleSoft, for example, but it was a totally new environment for us. Another solution didn't have the level of… more »
RandallMcClure
Real User
Enterprise Architect at Pink Brain Technologies
Jul 26 2020

What is most valuable?

We're pretty much using all of the monetizations features out of the API manager so we can put up a portal and have a dev portal and then a prod portal and do rate limiting.

What needs improvement?

They're trying to implement versioning and trying to be able to manage different versions of your API all at the same time, but they're not doing that just quite right yet.

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

Licensing is the tricky part. For Azure, if you have your Azure subscription, the API Management is a free tool. There's no extra cost for that.

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to choose wisely. Look around. That's the free entry stuff, so that's why I'm kind of looking around for another tooling solution, to see if I can get more full-featured support. In the next release, I would love to see them actually support out of the box, like a canary… more »
RobertSchlachta
Real User
Managing Director at Ebiz consulting gmbh
Jan 24 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature would be the easy integration into the entire Microsoft environment, like Access Directory, the collaboration tooling, the development tooling, basically the integration into the Microsoft universe.

How has it helped my organization?

- Being a PaaS component it helped reducing maintance efforts - Homogenous solution for information exchange between internal and external stakeholders

What needs improvement?

Multi-tenant functionalities is missing from the system, especially when it comes to purpose specific requirements such as CI, branding, language, content structure. If you're aware of the details of API Management provided by Azure, there… more »

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

Understand the different Tiers (from small to large including VNet-integrated express route) Start small and be aware that the developer version has all features enabled which also requires the highest possible Tier.

What other advice do I have?

Approach API Management in the two areas "tooling" and "governance". Tooling required end-to-end thinking from a developer, consumer and infrastructure perspective. For each multiple examples can be shared. For governance start with the… more »
John Liu
Real User
Integration Architect at a health, wellness and fitness company with 5,001-10,000 employees
May 19 2020

What is most valuable?

It's easy to use compared to other products. It's easy to set up.

What needs improvement?

Other products offer more customization options.

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

I also used Tibco Mashery. There aren't so many differences. The biggest difference is that you can run it on-prem while you can't do that with Microsoft Azure API Management.

What other advice do I have?

You can't use this on-premise. If you want to run on-premise you would have to get a different product. Other than that, it's easy to use and start up. There is a lot of support available from the community online. You can do a domain name yourself with Microsoft, as opposed to other products where… more »
Real User
Integration Architect at a translation and localization position with 11-50 employees
Apr 22 2020

What is most valuable?

The integration with Azure Active Directory is a good security feature for authentication and authorization. There is multifactor authentication. You can also use all of the Azure AD features integrated with API Management.

What needs improvement?

There is always room for improvement. There should be more analytics abilities so you can know how much traffic there is. Log Analyzer isn't well integrated with this solution.

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

Our public APIs are mostly in Axway. B2C APIs are a combination of Azure and AWS. Cost is a big difference. Axway offers two solutions. One on-prem and the other option is cloud. It's not a SAS solution, they host us in AWS but we can push the costs for version upgrades. It's much more expensive… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend doing a combination of AWS API Gateway and Azure API Management. You can authenticate APIs in Azure Active Directory and from there you expose all of your serverless components and use them as a backend with Azure. But it depends on what your use case is. It can be used as a… more »
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What is Microsoft Azure API Management?

Microsoft Azure API Management ensures an organization's API program reaches its fullest potential. With API management, organizations can publish web services as APIs reliably, securely and at scale. Use API Management to drive API consumption among internal teams, partners, and developers while benefiting from business and operational insights available in the admin portal.
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Azure API Management
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