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Find out what your peers are saying about Apigee vs. IBM API Connect and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"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.""The most valuable features are scalability and technical support.""Apigee is a pioneer in the industry and has good features and functionalities. It is a good tool for API management and it has more advancements than all other tools in the market in certain areas.""There is plenty of support documentation available.""Apigee provides out-of-the-box policies, so it is ready to use with minimal configuration to those policies. You can govern your API and manage the life cycle of the API completely with the Apigee tool.""The security provided by the solution is excellent.""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 analytics feature is quite good."

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"It has all of the tools that are needed for the specific mission.""It is quite stable. We've not had any problem. It has made for a good buy because we are finding that other companies that have similar set ups go down maybe once a month.""We really like the runtime capabilities of IBM API Connect. The creation of products and the control of the monetization and hit rate are some of the features which we've found very valuable.""API Connect is a very good platform for the development of APIs.""The most valuable features are stability and security.""The technical support is good. Whenever we need anything, we have our IT team work with IBM to change whatever requirement is needed.""This is a very easy to use solution.""IBM API Connect is a good product, and their technical support is excellent."

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Cons
"The setup and installation process could be improved with a container-based system.""Apigee is demanding on the infrastructure so the setup cost is very high for an on-premises deployment.""Access restrictions can be improved.""The Apigee cloud admin UI could be more user-friendly by adding a few more features.""As it is now, the rotation of certificates is a manual task and is something that can be improved.""It would be good if the Apigee management allowed us to be able to consolidate many operations into single one for the gateway functionality.""Could be more user friendly.""The developer portal's adoption of the OpenAPI standard needs to be improved. In the latest version of the developer portal, they have adopted the OpenAPI standard. This feature, however, can be improved by supporting more characteristics of the OpenAPI standard."

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"The automation and the simplicity could be improved.""The solution could improve security and performance.""We've had some issues upgrading to the latest version of the solution.""The installation was difficult with the IBM toolkit.""The developmental process is not quite user-friendly.""Our main pain points are in these two areas: creating a better developer portal and improving stability in terms of synchronization and monetization.""The initial setup and installation could be easier.""The solution would be better if it had cloud functionalities."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "I would like to see the implementation of further options for billing because as it is now, the opportunities you have in terms of a package are limited."
  • "The iicense is subscription-based."
  • "It is a bit on the expensive side. Its licensing cost is a bit high, and that's where we've seen people going back on their decisions."
  • "The price of Apigee could be less expensive. The solution can be purchased monthly or annually."
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  • "API Connect is quite pricey."
  • "I haven't seen anyone go from on-premise to the cloud. In fact, I am seeing people go from the cloud to on-premise because the costs can quickly grow on the cloud."
  • "It would be a good idea to bring down the pricing by at least 20 to 30 percent."
  • "The pricing is too expensive with IBM. Sometimes, we prefer to go with an open source or something more lightweight."
  • "It is expensive when compared to other products in this class. There were no extra fees for add-ons or technical support."
  • "It's an expensive product."
  • "IBM API Connect could be cheaper."
  • "It is quite an expensive product."
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    The interface is very nice. It makes the solution easy to use and navigate.
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    We have an SLA we can draw from. I need to keep within certain numbers, however, I don't have a problem doing so. I can't speak to exact costs.
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    Overview

    Apigee Edge, the self-service API management platform, enables companies to secure, scale, manage, and analyze their digital business, and grow API programs to meet the increase in demand. Edge enables enterprises to design and build the APIs that securely share their services and data.

    Key capabilities of the Apigee Edge API management platform include:

    • Security: protect APIs, messages, and backends with configurable policies such as OAuth, API key verification, XML/JSON threat protection, access control.
    • API gateway: secure and mediate the traffic between clients and backends, and between a company’s APIs and the developers, customers, partners, and employees who use the APIs.
    • Developer portal: attract and engage application developers, enabling them to discover, explore, purchase (or profit from), and test APIs and register to access and use the APIs.
    • API lifecycle management: manage the process of designing, developing, publishing, deploying, and versioning APIs.
    The IBM API Management family of products gives you software tools to create, manage and share application programming interfaces (APIs) in a secure, scalable environment. Available in both on-premises and cloud solutions, its detailed analytics and operational metrics allow you to monitor API usage to ensure that the developers' needs Ð and applications using the API Ð are being met.
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    Sample Customers
    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
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    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm25%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Retailer17%
    Insurance Company13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Insurance Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm35%
    Retailer13%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Insurance Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Insurance Company8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise72%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business7%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise64%
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    Apigee is ranked 1st in API Management with 29 reviews while IBM API Connect is ranked 5th in API Management with 25 reviews. Apigee is rated 8.2, while IBM API Connect is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Apigee writes "Good analytics, rich developer portal, and definitely stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM API Connect writes "Stable and easy to set up but might be too costly for small businesses ". Apigee is most compared with Microsoft Azure API Management, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager, Amazon API Gateway, WSO2 API Manager and Layer7 API Management, whereas IBM API Connect is most compared with IBM DataPower Gateway, Microsoft Azure API Management, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager, Amazon API Gateway and 3scale API Management. See our Apigee vs. IBM API Connect report.

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