"Good interface, intuitive solution."
"It is helpful to have a central API that is hosted and managed."
"The most valuable features of Layer7 API Management are integration, ease of use, building APIs easily, and portal straightforward."
"There are many security policies within this solution that help to prevent attacks. We are also able to implement TLS to allow us to look at the application from the backend. There are workflows inside of the gate that help us a lot to implement customers and improve user experience. Our customers are also able to move from a customized creative view to taking advantage of AI bot solutions."
"We loved the portal part the most, which had monetization and showed how people were using the stuff. It is a good product as a whole and has a lot of microservices and granular features."
"The solution fills our two most important concerns in seeking an API solution by providing a reliable gateway and security options."
"It impresses me as a product because it never goes down. It always does what it is supposed to do."
"The mobile access gateway (MAG) is tremendous."
"Tech support is fast and responsive."
"Lacks an integrated billing feature."
"The interface is Java which is difficult to make look very nice."
"feel like Apigee's API product is more interactive. You can drag and drop with those, but it's a little more difficult in Layer7. It's less user-friendly compared to that Apigee product."
"The UI design could be improved in the next release."
"The Policy Manager tool that is used to manage the solution is very heavy to use because it is based in Java. Sometimes it takes a long time to load. There could be some improvements to it. If they could make Policy Manager on a web page that would be a good alternative."
"The overall cost of Layer7 API Management is high, they can improve it by making it less expensive."
"Some problems with response time."
"The architecture of the solution does not allow for flexibility in using different components for the gateway architecture."
"I would like for the new release to allow us to speed up code generation. The integration with CICD could also be more seamless."
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.
Layer7 API Management is an API management suite that provides industry-leading API products. The solution consists of an API Gateway, an API Developer Portal, and a Live API Creator. Layer7 API Management enables organizations to test and monitor in real time in both development and production environments. It can be implemented as a
SaaS, on-premises, or hybrid solution.
Some of the solution’s main capabilities include API strategy and design, API and microservice creation, testing and publishing, microservice orchestration, and mobile & IoT development.
Layer7 API Management Features
Layer7 API Management has many valuable key features:
Layer7 API Management Benefits
Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:
Reviews from Real Users
Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by Layer7 API Management users.
Ewan S., API Technical Lead at Sanlam, says, “The Gateway is extremely flexible, which was one of the big plus sides. The capability to extend the Gateway functionality into reusable components is a big plus for us. A big win for CA was the expertise of the local country support plus having support staff on site in a matter of hours, if required."
An IT / Enterprise Architect, IT Consultant at a consultancy mentions that the most valuable aspect of the solution is “The ability to control the web services. Actually what it is being mostly used for is to control the access. Most of the access is being controlled through IP filtering, IP whitelist. In addition to that, we are moving slowly towards using more client certificates. It impresses me as a product because it never goes down. It always does what it is supposed to do.”
PeerSpot user Arpit A., Enterprise API Architect at Al-Futtaim Group, comments, "The solution fills our two most important concerns in seeking an API solution by providing a reliable gateway and security options." He goes on to add, “Layer7 is the most important step in our Application Modernization strategy. We envision to create an Open Architecture which allows us to adapt to ever-changing market needs. It is a key enabler in decoupling the core applications from the digital channels thereby giving us the flexibility to build the plug n play architectural landscape.”
An Assistant Consultant at a computer software company explains, “The solution allows developers to create more advanced security policies.”
Akana API Management is ranked 25th in API Management with 1 review while Layer7 API Management is ranked 6th in API Management with 13 reviews. Akana API Management is rated 7.0, while Layer7 API Management is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Akana API Management writes "Intuitive solution with good interface; currently lacks an integrated billing feature". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Layer7 API Management writes "Serves to standardise routing messaging services into a single API view with multiple channels". Akana API Management is most compared with Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager, Apigee, Amazon API Gateway, Microsoft Azure API Management and Tyk, whereas Layer7 API Management is most compared with Apigee, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager, Amazon API Gateway, Kong Enterprise and Microsoft Azure API Management.
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