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"Good interface, intuitive solution.""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."

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"One of the great things about WSO2 API Manager is that it is so easy to adopt. And because it's an open source solution, we're able to extend the implementation any time to suit our company needs better.""Its open-source features are very good, especially for your production work.""There are a lot of tools to help the manager. WSO2 is very easy to install. It has all the principal functionalities that you think about when you want to put up the management solution. It's a very friendly tool.""WSO2 API Manager's most valuable features are the simple interface that is easy to use and the APIs lifecycle.""It's very scalable, which is one of the best features.""The flexibility is definitely a highlight. We have flexible mapping capabilities, allowing us to provide common mappings or create custom ones as needed.""The product is easy to use.""This is a flexible and versatile API management solution that has the power to integrate with more than just API."

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

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"The product hasn’t been updated for some time.""The price and the complexities attached to the solution are two areas of concern where improvements are required.""I would like it to be a more convenient development platform with the ability to write orchestrations and so on. Our problem with this product is that in my country, we are the only enterprise that has been using this product. We're missing a lot of knowledge from colleagues to consult with, and we also aren't able to recruit people with relevant skills. It is a big problem. The small team that is maintaining this product is the only team that can actually relate to any technical issue. The support that we're getting from the company is not great. There is also a cultural gap there because they're from Sri Lanka, and it is not easy. They're putting in a lot of effort, but they are not meeting our expectations.""I would improve the product documentation. There are some gaps, and it can be difficult to find the proper documentation for the product if you need to solve something.""We had some problems with the reverse proxy not being able to invoke fully qualified domain names, so we have to build some custom scripts to solve this issue.""WSO2 API Manager should improve its marketplace subscription model and documentation in order to reach a higher level in the market.""WSO2 API Manager can be improved a lot relating to usability""We found WSO2 API Manager to be a bit complex."

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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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  • "We use the open-source version — the free version."
  • "We have not opted for the paid version of WSO2 but we have implemented the free and open source WSO2 software to a great extent and it is working as per our expectation."
  • "There is a subscription-based pricing structure and also the open-sourced version available."
  • "It's not expensive, but it could be cheaper."
  • "I think the other competitors that are providing the same solution are quite expensive. WSO2 API Manager is quite cheap."
  • "WSO2 API Manager is a low-cost solution. It is one of the most affordable solutions."
  • "We use the open-source version of WSO2 API Manager, there is no cost."
  • "It is costly, around ten thousand per year, per instance"
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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:It is possible to scale up and scale down with the solution...I can say that I have not seen any issues related to scalability.
    Top Answer:WSO2 team recommends mTLS as security. Recently, my company faced some issues when implementing mTLS between the DB and front-end applications. My company needs Technical help from WSO2's team to deal… more »
    Top Answer:I use the solution in my company as an enterprise application that will be placed in more than 175 places across the world, which would be in different countries. As an API management tool, it will be… more »
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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.

    WSO2 API Manager is a comprehensive platform that allows organizations to design, publish, and manage APIs. 

    It provides a centralized interface for API governance, security, and analytics. 

    With features like API monetization and developer portal, it enables businesses to drive innovation and create new revenue streams.

    Sample Customers
    British American Tobacco, Credit Suisse, Daimler, eBay, FOX, Liberty Mutual, Marriott, Mayo Clinic, Skandia, Tata communications
    1. eBay 2. StubHub 3. Cisco 4. Verizon 5. T-Mobile 6. Vodafone 7. Orange 8. BT Group 9. Telstra 10. Deutsche Telekom 11. Swisscom 12. AT&T 13. Sprint 14. Telefonica 15. O2 16. British Airways 17. Lufthansa 18. Emirates 19. Qatar Airways 20. Etihad Airways 21. Air France 22. KLM 23. American Express 24. Visa 25. Mastercard 26. PayPal 27. Western Union 28. Citibank 29. HSBC 30. Barclays 31. Santander 32. Goldman Sachs
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Financial Services Firm23%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Educational Organization15%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Company Size
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise60%
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    Akana API Management is ranked 28th in API Management with 3 reviews while WSO2 API Manager is ranked 8th in API Management with 33 reviews. Akana API Management is rated 8.4, while WSO2 API Manager is rated 8.0. 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 WSO2 API Manager writes "Reliable with good capabilities and good support". Akana API Management is most compared with Apigee, MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager, Amazon API Gateway, Microsoft Azure API Management and Kong Gateway Enterprise, whereas WSO2 API Manager is most compared with Apigee, Kong Gateway Enterprise, Amazon API Gateway, Microsoft Azure API Management and Apache APISIX.

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