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

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"The Portal API helps us with deployments. It also helps to have a catalog of everything. The replication is also a critical feature for us. It helps to have a more robust architecture and makes our systems are highly available.""The administration interface (Policy Manager) is very easy to understand and use.""Almost all security features are available out-of-the-box and can be deployed rapidly.""It has improved API governance and gives analytics to API performance.""It can be scaled as we need. And it can be used in different regions. We have different data centers in the U.S. and Beijing. We use it on-premise, on-cloud, and it can be hosted and used at any place and scaled across the regions.""When I have used technical support they helped me a lot. Sometimes they took a long time to respond because we had very complex issues that we asked them for help with, but I think it is a very good service.""The most valuable feature was the gateway because it has a good dashboard which shows all the hits, misses, and issues, how often you are viewing, what was the response time, etc. The gateway was very easy to deploy.""You can create little, custom Java assertions that you can insert to do your business logic, which might not be covered by the commercial product out-of-the-box."

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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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"​There is still room for improvement for the CA API Developer Portal. It is still not on par with what the competencies are.""From the last version, they have added more dashboard support, but there is still a lot they need to improve. In terms of monitoring, it's almost all covered. The interface can be improved, though.""One area where it certainly needs to improve is the way it allocates requests, in terms of rate limiting. Also, there is no native Kafka connectivity.""The only issue we have is that we have to buy an APM license separately for end-to-end monitoring.""Layer7 API Management could have a live API creator feature, so my team can easily create APIs. Right now, the product doesn't have that feature.""Layer7 API Management’s price could be reduced.""It needs better mobile features and HA configuration.""As well as the SOA Gateway - that is, the API Gateway; we call it the SOA Gateway - we also are now deploying the developer portal component of the SOA Gateway. That has limitations."

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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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  • "CA has great pricing for gateways, so negotiate with your sales team."
  • "If the CA pricing for API management would be a little lower, they would be able to cover a broader market."
  • "Purchase 4.0 now and wait until they flush out the 4.1 problems."
  • "It depends on your use case of course, how much you want to go with that, because it can get pricey and depends on the size of your company."
  • "Be aware of additional licenses for your warm standby. Ensure you get plenty of non-production licenses."
  • "Do not buy piecemeal."
  • "It's my manager who takes care of the pricing. But I keep on hearing that it's a little pricey, it's on the higher side. That is what he says."
  • "Pricing is competitive. CA is ready to offer attractive discounts."
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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 solution's technical support is good.
    Top Answer:Licenses are required to operate the product, but I don't know much about the validity periods attached to it.
    Top Answer:The product's initial setup phase is not very straightforward, making it an area where improvements are required.
    Ranking
    28th
    out of 66 in API Management
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    1,633
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    208
    Rating
    8.0
    10th
    out of 66 in API Management
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    6,737
    Comparisons
    4,931
    Reviews
    14
    Average Words per Review
    489
    Rating
    7.8
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    Also Known As
    CA API Management, CA Live API Creator, Espresso Logic, CA API Gateway
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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.

    Layer7 API Management is a comprehensive solution that enables organizations to securely expose, manage, and monetize their APIs. 

    It provides features such as API gateway, developer portal, analytics, and security to ensure seamless integration and control over API traffic. 

    With Layer7 API Management, businesses can streamline their API operations and drive innovation.

    Sample Customers
    British American Tobacco, Credit Suisse, Daimler, eBay, FOX, Liberty Mutual, Marriott, Mayo Clinic, Skandia, Tata communications
    1. IBM  2. Microsoft  3. Oracle  4. Salesforce  5. SAP  6. Cisco  7. Dell  8. HP  9. Adobe  10. VMware  11. Accenture  12. Capgemini  13. Deloitte  14. PwC  15. Ernst & Young  16. Infosys  17. TCS (Tata Consultancy Services)  18. Wipro  19. Cognizant  20. HCL Technologies  21. Tech Mahindra  22. Fujitsu  23. Hitachi  24. NEC  25. NTT Data  26. Ericsson  27. Nokia  28. Siemens  29. AT&T  30. Verizon  31. Vodafone  32. Orange
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Healthcare Company11%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm28%
    Insurance Company10%
    Retailer8%
    Computer Software Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Government6%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise76%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise71%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise75%
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    Akana API Management is ranked 28th in API Management with 3 reviews while Layer7 API Management is ranked 10th in API Management with 110 reviews. Akana API Management is rated 8.4, while Layer7 API Management is rated 8.4. 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 Layer7 API Management writes "Has great drag-and-drop features and it requires minimal coding ". Akana API Management is most compared with Apigee, MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager, Amazon API Gateway, Microsoft Azure API Management and Kong Gateway Enterprise, whereas Layer7 API Management is most compared with Apigee, Kong Gateway Enterprise, Amazon API Gateway, MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager and Microsoft Azure API Management.

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