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"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 route limiting feature is very valuable.""In our buying companies' perspective, it was easier to use compared to other platforms. The markets were pretty familiar with the solutions.""The tool's feature that I find most beneficial is rate limiting. In our usage, especially in the financial sector, we prioritize limiting API usage. This is crucial because we provide APIs to other companies and must ensure they adhere to their allocated usage limits. Without rate limiting, there's a risk of excessive usage, which could result in significant costs.""Protocol transformation is the most valuable feature of Kong Enterprise.""The features I like include ease of operation and implementation in a cloud environment, the dashboarding features for API statistics, and the user-friendly developer portal.""I like everything about it. It provides the security we need.""The solution's technical support is good and fast in terms of responsiveness and problem-solving skills.""There are a few features that I like about Kong when it comes to authentication and authorization. Specifically, being able to use Kong for role-based access control (RBAC), and then further being able to integrate the RBAC mechanism with our enterprise directory, was very useful."

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

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"The tool needs improvement in UX.""From an improvement perspective, the product should offer more readily available connectors and also allow for more seamless AI integrations.""Understanding the configurations and knowing what needs to be done can be a bit difficult initially.""Because it is open-source, it should be less expensive than others.""Kong Enterprise has decided not to support the web portal feature anymore, but I think that feature should stay in the on-premises solution.""Kong is meant for north-south communications, so it will be interesting to see what solutions they can come up with in the realms of east-west communications, service-to-service communications, and Zero Trust architecture. I believe that if they can provide for these areas, then they will be able to solve the overall integration and security concerns for microservices architecture in general.""The technical support team's response time needs to be improved.""They could focus more on pricing."

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  • "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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  • "The licensing fees are paid yearly."
  • "The price is really reasonable compared to that of alternative solutions."
  • "There are many factors that influence the price of Kong Enterprise, such as scale, licenses, and usage."
  • "I don't have any information on licensing costs currently."
  • "There is a need to pay towards the licensing charges...In some areas, the functionalities are available free of charge."
  • "Kong Enterprise's pricing is at par compared to the other technologies."
  • "Kong Enterprise is cheaper than Apigee. I rate its pricing as four out of ten."
  • "Kong Enterprise's pricing is reasonable for our company size."
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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:The Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager was designed with its users in mind. Though it is a reasonably complex piece of software, it is easy to install and upgrade. While there are different things that one… more »
    Top Answer:The tool's feature that I find most beneficial is rate limiting. In our usage, especially in the financial sector, we prioritize limiting API usage. This is crucial because we provide APIs to other… more »
    Top Answer:Kong Enterprise needs to improve its pricing, which starts at hundreds of thousands of dollars. Pricing should be based on API usage rather than monthly. It should improve its documentation as well.
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    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.

    Kong delivers a next generation API platform built for modern architectures. With a lightnight-fast, lightweight, and flexible core, Kong delivers sub-millisecond latency across all your services. Kong's is deployment-, vendor-, and pattern-agnostic, allowing you to run your services how you want, where you want, and with who you want - from baremetal to cloud, monolith to microservices, service mesh, and beyond.

    Sample Customers
    British American Tobacco, Credit Suisse, Daimler, eBay, FOX, Liberty Mutual, Marriott, Mayo Clinic, Skandia, Tata communications
    Cargill, Zillow, Ferrari, WeWork, Healthcare.gov, Yahoo! Japan, Giphy, SkyScanner
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Financial Services Firm44%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Insurance Company13%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Insurance Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Small Business27%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Akana API Management is ranked 28th in API Management with 3 reviews while Kong Gateway Enterprise is ranked 6th in API Management with 20 reviews. Akana API Management is rated 8.4, while Kong Gateway Enterprise is rated 7.8. 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 Kong Gateway Enterprise writes "Provides role-based access control and can be easily customized with Lua script". Akana API Management is most compared with Apigee, MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager, Amazon API Gateway, Microsoft Azure API Management and IBM API Connect, whereas Kong Gateway Enterprise is most compared with Microsoft Azure API Management, WSO2 API Manager, Apigee, Apache APISIX and Layer7 API Management.

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