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Executive Summary
Updated on April 21, 2022

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

  • Ease of Deployment: Most users of Microsoft Azure API Management say that the initial setup is simple and straightforward, with the exception of a few reviewers who mentioned they experienced some challenges with deployment. Likewise, Apigee users express varied opinions on deployment, some saying it was straightforward and others saying it isn’t simple.
  • Features: Users of both solutions are happy with their stability.

    Microsoft Azure API Management users like the solution’s ease of use, flexibility, and good integration. Reviewers would like to see more integration options for third-party solutions, better documentation, and an on-premise version.

    Valuable features of Apigee include high availability, customization, good scalability, and solid security features. Users would like to see more caching capabilities and improved performance.
  • Pricing: Microsoft Azure API Management users say that the pricing is fair and reasonable in comparison to competitors. In contrast, Apigee reviewers say the solution is expensive.
  • Service and Support: Some users of Microsoft Azure API Management feel that the service and support are average, while other users express that they have been satisfied with it. Apigee users report that the service and support they receive is good.

Comparison Results: Based on the parameters we compared, Apigee received higher ratings than Microsoft Azure API Management. Although Apigee is the more expensive solution, it comes out on top with more favorable features and good technical support.

To learn more, read our detailed Apigee vs. Microsoft Azure API Management report (Updated: September 2022).
633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Q&A Highlights
Question: How does Apigee differ from Azure API Management?
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 ability to code in any language. It also offers generous flexibility in setting up your workspace based on how you want to manage your APIs, which is a big win for many of our clients. It is great for fast development and also offers excellent support documentation. Microsoft Azure API Management offers source code examples to help developers learn API. It easily integrates with Microsoft/Azure and is a great tool if you are heavily integrated into that ecosystem. Apigee has some lagging and functionality issues with integration that could be improved. It can also be pretty demanding on the infrastructure, so setup costs can be pretty high for onsite deployment. It does not offer the flexibility and customization of other solutions on the market today (including Azure API Management, which is very flexible). More analytics capabilities would be preferred so that we could get a better idea of actual traffic to the space. Conclusions Microsoft Azure API Management is a great solution if you are already heavily invested in the Microsoft Azure ecosystem as it will integrate easily and function seamlessly. However, Apigee offers a greater level of flexibility, It is very stable and scalable. It is a very lightweight solution with excellent technical support.
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Pros
"Apigee's best features are flexibility and breadth of capabilities.""Items around the mobilization of the API interface and the ability to automate validations for our APIs are the most valuable aspects.""The security provided by the solution is excellent.""It is easy to deploy, configure, and monitor the APA.""The usability is one of the best aspects of the product.""The security that you have with Apigee is very good and aligns with compliance.""It is scalable.""Apigee is relatively easy to use for developers."

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"It’s easy to set up.""I like API Management's sandbox feature. It's an environment where you can test out the API before putting it into production and connecting it to a live environment.""I like the support they provide for the APIs more than the solution itself. First of all, documentation-wise, both Microsoft Azure and even Google Cloud are up there. But in comparison, the real-time consulting and support for APIs make Microsoft stand out a little. I also like the performance. Standard public cloud provider-built APIs are more resilient and flexible in terms of what feature you want to use and what feature you don't want to use, and they're more customizable. They are more resilient in terms of performance in that particular environment because that is the design aspect of the offering. When public clouds build APIs and deploy them after testing them on their framework for a certain amount of time, I feel there is a massive difference in the product's performance. On the interface, everything is strong.""We use Microsoft due to the stability of the company.""I like API Management's ability to do hybrid cloud stuff.""Initial setup was quite easy.""Azure API is scalable.""The stability and performance are good. It is easy to install, and it scales well too."

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Cons
"Access restrictions can be improved.""One feature they have to invest time into is the developer portal they use.""Sometimes there are glitches, which means there's still room for improvement in the platform.""The entire user across all the layers should be singly authenticated through an external authentication system.""Could be more user friendly.""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 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.""They have an external developer platform that was a little bit painful."

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"I would like to see more security features become available.""Azure API Management could be improved with better integration with all of Microsoft's tools.""I rate the technical support from Microsoft Azure API Management a four out of five.""I could that the UI could be improved.""Microsoft Azure API Management's most valuable features are the microservices we used to use. They were API callers to receive communication with the network and building system, to complete the request. The response would be through the processing system.""Microsoft Azure API Management should have the ability to allow multitenancy.""The external policies are impossible to look at and configure.""It should be easier to integrate."

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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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  • "Based on the resources that we are leveraging, the price we are paying to use this solution is slightly higher than other competitors. In a few cases, it has its own advantage in some resources."
  • "Since this is a cloud-based solution you have to abide by those financial limits, this creates some different challenges compared to other solutions."
  • "The licensing fees are expensive."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable compared to others."
  • "Since everyone is isocentric here, it is reasonable for me."
  • "We pay for a yearly license."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on an annual basis."
  • "Azure's pricing is very competitive compared to platforms like Apigee and MuleSoft."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Also Known As
    Azure API Management, MS Azure API Management
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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.”

    Microsoft Azure API Management ensures an organization's API program reaches its fullest potential. With API management, organizations can publish web services as APIs reliably, securely and at scale. Use API Management to drive API consumption among internal teams, partners, and developers while benefiting from business and operational insights available in the admin portal.
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    Buyer's Guide
    Apigee vs. Microsoft Azure API Management
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Apigee vs. Microsoft Azure API Management and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Apigee is ranked 1st in API Management with 35 reviews while Microsoft Azure API Management is ranked 2nd in API Management with 33 reviews. Apigee is rated 8.2, while Microsoft Azure API Management is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Apigee writes "Good automation and documentation with good performance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure API Management writes "Easy to set up with good access control but support could be better". Apigee is most compared with Amazon API Gateway, MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager, IBM API Connect, Layer7 API Management and Kong Enterprise, whereas Microsoft Azure API Management is most compared with Amazon API Gateway, MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager, Kong Enterprise, IBM API Connect and WSO2 API Manager. See our Apigee vs. Microsoft Azure API Management report.

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