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We performed a comparison between Akana API Management and Apigee based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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Pros
"It allowed us to publish and replace pre-essential transactions in one place, with a uniformity in terms of control and policies.""The tool's authentication mechanism is easy to implement. We had to define a few parameters.""Good interface, intuitive solution."

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"The most valuable feature is the API gateway.""The initial setup isn't too complex.""I think the most valuable features are the security features. Of course, the user access control is the same as the security. The other very important issue is the sandboxing capability of Apigee.""The security that you have with Apigee is very good and aligns with compliance.""The most important feature is the security capabilities and the way it integrates very quickly with other security providers. We have integrated it with Azure and it integrates quite seamlessly.""It is easy to deploy, configure, and monitor the APA.""It is scalable.""The central monitoring feature is the most valuable. It also provides security for the APIs and high availability for our use cases. Apigee is the best product in the industry in comparison to other API management solutions. It helps in fast development, which is a top point. It also supports a lot of industry standards and has excellent documentation."

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Cons
"The product has new features that we are going to implement in the next few months, such as API management and analytic reporting.""Lacks an integrated billing feature.""Akana API Management needs to improve its documentation."

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"I have heard there maybe be some security issues that need to be addressed. If this is the situation I would encourage taking a look at the security matters.""Apigee's user interface could be more straightforward and have more options. Also, it would be nice if it were ready to work out of the box without so much configuration.""The solution could add even more functionalities.""I would like to see the support improved. I think the time frame should be shorter for responses when it comes to technical support. This is not the ideal situation you want to be in when you need support.""They have an external developer platform that was a little bit painful.""The cost of the solution is quite high.""It would be good if the Apigee management allowed us to be able to consolidate many operations into single one for the gateway functionality.""Technical support model for OPDK should be more exposed and mature in terms of providing support during installation, run, and debug of Apigee in production on OPDK mode."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "For us, the pricing and licensing policies were for an on-premise installation with a fixed cost structure, that matched our budgeting policies."
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  • "As most of the customers say, the tool is a bit expensive."
  • "Based on your usage of the APIs you can take a decision to go with either an on-cloud or OPDK version. Get in touch with the sales representatives of Apigee."
  • "Since it was acquired by Google, we can get a license based on our requirements and the cost level will depend on cloud access and support."
  • "Pricing options need to be chosen on a case-by-case basis."
  • "The cost of the licensing is based on the number of API calls that are made."
  • "It is not suited for small companies. It's expensive."
  • "It is more expensive when you compare to open-source products or other vendors."
  • "We have a contract for three years. I don't know the cost."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The tool's authentication mechanism is easy to implement. We had to define a few parameters.
    Top Answer:Akana API Management needs to improve its documentation.
    Top Answer: Apigee offers both cloud-based and on-prem options while Microsoft Azure API Management currently only offers a cloud-based solution. Both solutions are easy to use. Apigee allows for the ability… more »
    Top Answer:Amazon API Gateway is a platform that supports the creation and publication of API for web applications. The platform can support thousands of simultaneous API calls, and it provides monitoring… more »
    Top Answer:We can customize the dashboard.
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    Overview

    Akana helps businesses accelerate digital transformation by securely extending their reach across multiple channels – mobile, cloud and Internet of Things. Akana enables enterprises to share data as APIs, connect and integrate applications, drive partner adoption, monetize their assets, and provide intelligent insights into their business and operations.

    Apigee is a platform for developing and managing APIs. Apigee offers an interface for your core services by wrapping them with a proxy layer which is then accessed by other developers. With Apigee, you can design and build APIs and then securely share their services and data without exposing any code.

    Because app developers make HTTP requests to an API proxy rather than directly to your services, your services are separated from the developers. All the developer needs to know is the URL of the API proxy endpoint, necessary query parameters, authorization credentials (if they exist), and the response data format.

    The API proxy isolates the app developer from your backend service. Therefore, you are free to change the service implementation if the public API remains consistent. By maintaining a consistent frontend API, existing client apps will continue to work regardless of changes on the backend.

    Key capabilities of the Apigee API management platform include:

    • Security: Protect APIs, messages, and backends with configurable policies such as OAuth, API key verification, XML/JSON threat protection, and access control.

    • API gateway: Secure and mediate the traffic between clients and backends, and between a company’s APIs and the developers who use the APIs.

    • Developer portal: Attract and engage application developers, enabling them to discover, explore, purchase, and test APIs and register to access and use the APIs.

    • API console: The console helps developers learn and work with APIs.

    • API lifecycle management: Manage the process of designing, developing, publishing, deploying, and versioning APIs.

    • Automated documentation: Automate the development of API documentation and software development kits.

    • Machine learning: Utilize machine learning and analytics to generate actionable insights and reports.
    • API monitoring: Apigee offers monitoring tools for API troubleshooting, security, and optimization.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    Apigee stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Several major ones are its rich developer portal, its advanced analytics, and its central monitoring system.

    Carlos R., a software architect at Caja Los Andes writes, “The central monitoring feature is the most valuable. It also provides security for the APIs and high availability for our use cases. Apigee is the best product in the industry in comparison to other API management solutions. It helps in fast development, which is a top point. It also supports a lot of industry standards and has excellent documentation.”

    An associate vice president at a tech services company notes, “The analytics function and the developer portal are the two valuable features of Apigee. The analytics part is very good, and the developer portal is quite rich in features. The authentication mechanisms are quite easily built into Apigee, which is something that most of the other products have also now started supporting.”

    Sample Customers
    British American Tobacco, Credit Suisse, Daimler, eBay, FOX, Liberty Mutual, Marriott, Mayo Clinic, Skandia, Tata communications
    Adobe, advance.net, Amadeus, AT&T, Bechtel, Belly, Burberry, Chegg, Citrix, Dell, eBay, Equifax, GameStop, First Data, Globe, HCSC, Intralinks, Kao, Meredith, Mitchell, Orange, Pearson
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Healthcare Company11%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company31%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Retailer14%
    Insurance Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Insurance Company6%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise76%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise69%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise73%
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    Akana API Management is ranked 28th in API Management with 3 reviews while Apigee is ranked 2nd in API Management with 82 reviews. Akana API Management is rated 8.4, while Apigee is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Akana API Management writes "Authentication mechanism is easy to implement but improvement is needed in documentation ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Apigee writes "Has a robust community and outstanding performance". Akana API Management is most compared with MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager, Amazon API Gateway, Microsoft Azure API Management, Kong Gateway Enterprise and IBM API Connect, whereas Apigee is most compared with Microsoft Azure API Management, IBM API Connect, Amazon API Gateway, WSO2 API Manager and Layer7 API Management.

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