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Executive Summary
Updated on September 5, 2022

We performed a comparison between Apigee and Layer 7 API Management based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both solutions tell us they are easy and straightforward to deploy.
  • Features: Apigee allows for the ability to code in any programming language. Users say it is great for fast development and also offers excellent support documentation. They would prefer to have more analytics capabilities to get a better idea of actual traffic to the space.

    Layer 7 API Management provides a reliable gateway that users find to be stable and reliable. The solution has robust security policies, including TLS. Users would like to see MFA implementation for API and other layers, in addition to improved CICD.
  • Pricing: Users of both solutions feel that they are expensive.
  • Service and Support: For the most part, users of both solutions are satisfied with the service and support they have received.

Comparison Results: Apigee has very high availability and makes it easy for users to manage the entire lifecycle of the API. It offers vast opportunities for easy customization. Users find some of Layer 7 API Management’s tools and features difficult to implement and bulky, causing processes to slow down. Layer 7 could also use more cloud-native features.

To learn more, read our detailed Apigee vs. Layer7 API Management report (Updated: September 2022).
633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The developer portal is very useful to customers.""Apigee is a strong-featured solution. It leads in Gartner Quadrant ratings and it is a full-slated API solution that has the features that an API gateway requires.""The analytics function and the developer portal are the two valuable features of Apigee. The analytics part is very good, and the developer portal is quite rich in features.""Apigee is relatively easy to use for developers.""It is scalable.""The analytics feature is quite good.""Apigee's best features are flexibility and breadth of capabilities.""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."

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"API Management makes dealing with APIs easier. It'll help you to move ahead on your API application journey. The solution allows developers to create more advanced security policies""The most valuable feature of Layer7 API Management is that their policy is really easy to develop and it is flexible.""The mobile access gateway (MAG) is tremendous.""Tech support is fast and responsive.""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 features of Layer7 API Management are integration, ease of use, building APIs easily, and portal straightforward.""The solution fills our two most important concerns in seeking an API solution by providing a reliable gateway and security options.""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."

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Cons
"The cost of the solution is quite high.""We are experiencing some performance issues.""Apigee does not have a testing feature.""Unlike WSA, Apigee does not have a partnership model, something which makes it a bit easier for companies such as ours to go with the former solution.""The entire user across all the layers should be singly authenticated through an external authentication system.""When there is an update on a new version or an automatic update, you have to be present and double-check that the update is reflected in the environment with no issues.""What my clients don't like is that the on-premises solution is not being treated and maintained as well as the cloud solution.""The pricing of the solution could be improved upon. We'd like it if it was less costly."

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"The setup was not as straightforward as it should have been. Support should be improved.""They need a multifactor authentication solution for the API layer and the other layers, as well.""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 architecture of the solution does not allow for flexibility in using different components for the gateway architecture.""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.""If they had different levels of support available then it would be easier to justify the costs.""The development portal could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "Apigee is slightly expensive, but again, it can depend on the type of usage. All things considered, it is slightly expensive."
  • "If the budget is not a concern then I will choose to go with Apigee over WSA-2, but if it is then I would prefer the latter solution."
  • "The cost increases as the usage increases."
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  • "It is a pricey product, although not extremely overpriced compared to competitors in the market."
  • "It was very high at that time. We are a Broadcom CA partner, and we got it only for testing purposes. We didn't pay anything for it."
  • "This solution is a bit more expensive than competitors."
  • "There is an annual license for the use of this solution. I think we are paying for some support maintenance fees, included in that license. I don't know how it works. They should provide more information."
  • "The price of Layer7 API Management is too high and should be reduced. However, it is a good solution in the market."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: Apigee offers both cloud-based and on-prem options while Microsoft Azure API Management currently only offers a cloud-based solution. Both solutions are easy to use. Apigee allows for the… more »
    Top Answer:Amazon API Gateway is a platform that supports the creation and publication of API for web applications. The platform can support thousands of simultaneous API calls, and it provides monitoring… more »
    Top Answer:It is easy to deploy, configure, and monitor the APA.
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer:Though Layer7 API Management is overall a great product, it needs improvements on the capabilities related to the engagement of API consumers.  It needs a forum like tooling which allows API… more »
    Ranking
    1st
    out of 42 in API Management
    Views
    35,641
    Comparisons
    28,008
    Reviews
    40
    Average Words per Review
    499
    Rating
    8.2
    5th
    out of 42 in API Management
    Views
    7,572
    Comparisons
    5,305
    Reviews
    13
    Average Words per Review
    581
    Rating
    8.5
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    CA API Management, CA Live API Creator, Espresso Logic, CA API Gateway
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    Overview

    Apigee is a platform for developing and managing APIs. Apigee offers an interface for your core services by wrapping them with a proxy layer which is then accessed by other developers. With Apigee, you can design and build APIs and then securely share their services and data without exposing any code.

    Because app developers make HTTP requests to an API proxy rather than directly to your services, your services are separated from the developers. All the developer needs to know is the URL of the API proxy endpoint, necessary query parameters, authorization credentials (if they exist), and the response data format.

    The API proxy isolates the app developer from your backend service. Therefore, you are free to change the service implementation if the public API remains consistent. By maintaining a consistent frontend API, existing client apps will continue to work regardless of changes on the backend.

    Key capabilities of the Apigee API management platform include:

    • Security: Protect APIs, messages, and backends with configurable policies such as OAuth, API key verification, XML/JSON threat protection, and access control.

    • API gateway: Secure and mediate the traffic between clients and backends, and between a company’s APIs and the developers who use the APIs.

    • Developer portal: Attract and engage application developers, enabling them to discover, explore, purchase, and test APIs and register to access and use the APIs.

    • API console: The console helps developers learn and work with APIs.

    • API lifecycle management: Manage the process of designing, developing, publishing, deploying, and versioning APIs.

    • Automated documentation: Automate the development of API documentation and software development kits.

    • Machine learning: Utilize machine learning and analytics to generate actionable insights and reports.
    • API monitoring: Apigee offers monitoring tools for API troubleshooting, security, and optimization.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    Apigee stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Several major ones are its rich developer portal, its advanced analytics, and its central monitoring system.

    Carlos R., a software architect at Caja Los Andes writes, “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.”

    An associate vice president at a tech services company notes, “The analytics function and the developer portal are the two valuable features of Apigee. The analytics part is very good, and the developer portal is quite rich in features. The authentication mechanisms are quite easily built into Apigee, which is something that most of the other products have also now started supporting.”

    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:

    • Securely integrate and govern APIs at scale
    • Cloud, mobile, and social connectivity 
    • Self-service API publishing 
    • Searchable catalog of APIs
    • Military-grade security certifications
    • Integrated web, mobile, and XML firewalling
    • Advanced SAML, OAuth, and XACML identity and access capabilities
    • Backend SOA connectivity (across databases, applications, mainframes, and middleware)
    • Protocol transformation from legacy to REST and JSON

    Layer7 API Management Benefits

    Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Security: Layer7 API Management gives you protection against threats and OWASP vulnerabilities. In addition, it helps you control access with single sign-on and identity management, providing end-to-end security for applications, mobile, and IoT.
    • Data access: Layer7 API Management provides data integration, application logic, and a robust API, giving you access to all data you may need.
    • Mobile access: With Layer7 API Management, you can securely connect smart devices and mobile applications easily. 
    • Scalability: Layer7 API Management can dynamically scale up or down, enabling your organization to achieve high performance via throttling, prioritization, caching, and routing. 

    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.”

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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
    Alaska Airlines, The Advisory Board Company, Amerigroup, IceMobile, R+V Versicherung, U.S. Army - plus hundreds of other customers in the banking, energy, finance, healthcare, government, manufacturing, transportation and retail sectors.
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Retailer19%
    Insurance Company13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Insurance Company7%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm27%
    Insurance Company11%
    Retailer7%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Insurance Company9%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise73%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise74%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise72%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Buyer's Guide
    Apigee vs. Layer7 API Management
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Apigee vs. Layer7 API Management and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Apigee is ranked 1st in API Management with 35 reviews while Layer7 API Management is ranked 5th in API Management with 12 reviews. Apigee is rated 8.2, while Layer7 API Management is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Apigee writes "Good automation and documentation with good performance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Layer7 API Management writes "We created Enterprise API Management Layer for our legacy systems using this solution". Apigee is most compared with Microsoft Azure API Management, Amazon API Gateway, MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager, IBM API Connect and Kong Enterprise, whereas Layer7 API Management is most compared with MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager, Amazon API Gateway, Kong Enterprise, Microsoft Azure API Management and IBM API Connect. See our Apigee vs. Layer7 API Management report.

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