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.
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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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:
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:
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.”
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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