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We performed a comparison between Apigee and MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two API Management solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

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"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 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 developer portal is very useful to customers.""A simple platform that's easier to work with than IBM API Connect. Support for it is really good and gives it advantage over other providers.""Items around the mobilization of the API interface and the ability to automate validations for our APIs are the most valuable aspects.""Apigee is very easy to use, and you can code in any language.""The initial setup was easy - there was an onboarding document with steps that we followed.""The usability is one of the best aspects of the product."

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"This is a good API management product.""Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager's most valuable aspect is it has plenty of features.""The most valuable features of Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager are the API gateway, rate limiting, and orchestration.""MuleSoft has given the API solution a 3-tiered architecture. This means that there are multiple channels available in one application. The usability is very high.""Anypoint API Manager's most valuable feature is its connectors.""The stability overall has been pretty great.""When using the Mulesoft Anypoint Platform, it has a wide range of connectors that are readily available to connect with the multiple applications.""I believe the API connectivity within the cloud marketplace is most valuable."

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"The caching capabilities are somewhat limited. This is more on the developer-oriented capabilities.""Access restrictions can be improved.""iPaaS is something that we would like to see. For example, MuleSoft is kind of an integrated platform as a service (iPaaS), and it provides a lot of out-of-the-box connectors and other such things. This is where Apigee lacks. I'm not sure if that's the roadmap for Apigee, but any improvements on those lines would be helpful where things become easier to implement.""There should be an integrated continuous integration and continuous deployment approach with Apigee. Currently, for development at a more integrated level, you have set it up yourself.""Apigee's user interface could be more straightforward and have more options. Also, it would be nice if it were ready to work out of the box without so much configuration.""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.""The initial setup for the on-prem solution is a little complex.""The Apigee cloud admin UI could be more user-friendly by adding a few more features."

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"We find that the enterprise level is lacking scalability.""MuleSoft has advanced features but is slower.""Migrating any existing middleware platform to Mulesoft is difficult because of the transformation, conversion and integration involved. Better tools are needed to achieve quicker time to market.""The initial setup, if you go back three or three and a half years, definitely, for us, was complex.""The dashboards in Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager could improve.""Their studio performance is very slow, it requires a lot of memory, and should be improved.""Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager can improve some of the gateway features. We could use some more customization in creating rules. A lot of the policies are related to the APIs rather than the client. If I want to apply a policy based on a client that is not available.""I think that they can bring some transparency in reference to the terms of the microservices architecture."

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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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  • "The pricing is very expensive, although you get a lot of power from the product."
  • "When it comes to determining price, the pre-sales team interacts with the customer's primary integration team and the price is negotiated based on the specific usage of the system."
  • "The licensing model is based on how many cores are used. It is a very simple licensing scheme."
  • "Anypoint is the most expensive solution on the market, as far as I know, though it's also the most capable."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis."
  • "The price of Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is very high."
  • "The pricing for this solution is cheaper than GCP and Bluemix."
  • "Pricing can be improved."
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    Answers from the Community
    Jothilakshmi C S
    Arpit Agarwal - PeerSpot reviewerArpit Agarwal
    Real User

    Hi @Jothilakshmi C S, ​

    It totally depends on whether you are looking for Integration Platform which can also work as API Management or you are looking for purely an all round API Management Platform. 

    Products like Mulesoft have their origin in Integration. However, platforms like Apigee, Layer 7, etc. are primarily API Management products. 

    So if you can explain more about the requirements, then I can help you sort it out.

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    Top Answer:It is easy to deploy, configure, and monitor the APA.
    Top Answer:The Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager was designed with its users in mind. Though it is a reasonably complex piece of software, it is easy to install and upgrade. While there are different things that one… more »
    Top Answer:I have found that Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is the best integration tool out there for API management. It is easy to implement and learn; it provides several options for deployment, (including… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is the gateway that is provided.
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    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.”

    Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is the portion of the Anypoint Platform that is used for the designing, building, managing, and publishing of APIs. Anypoint Platform uses Mule as its core runtime engine.

    Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is an extremely versatile solution. It offers users the ability to deploy their APIs in a number of different settings. You can use API Manager on a public cloud, a private cloud, or a hybrid. Additionally, users can use the solution to manage their deployments with ease. A few clicks are all you need to alter your deployment.

    Benefits of Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager

    Some of the benefits of using Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager include:

    • The ability to deploy APIs and integrations in the location of your choice. Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager enables users to deploy APIs on their own servers or on the cloud via Mulesoft’s cloud service. It also allows users to change the deployment location with only a few clicks.
    • The ability to automatically protect your APIs with cutting-edge security software and protocols. Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager’s security software can automatically detect attacks against your APIs. This triggers an escalation of security protocols that push the attack to the perimeter of the system. The solution then proceeds to seal up any vulnerabilities. Mulesoft uses machine learning in order to adapt to any new threat that emerges.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is a highly effective piece of software whose purpose is to enable users to design, build, manage, and publish APIs. It stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are the ease with which users can connect it to their applications and the high level of value that its support offers. It provides users with the ability to easily connect this solution with whatever program they need to join it with. Users can create connections without having to write code. It offers different types of support which ensure that users have a high level of understanding about the product and how to use it.

    PeerSpot user Tolulope A., a technical lead specializing in integration and middleware at a financial services firm, notes the ease with which users can connect Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager to their applications. He writes, “One good thing about MuleSoft is that they have a lot of connectors to those back-end applications. We don't really need to write code to be able to connect to a database or to connect with SAP. You just need credentials and the connectivity details. Most of the development of what we do is just drag and drop. They're able to connect with applications using standard connectors that are provided by ESB, by MuleSoft.”

    The CEO & Co-Founder at a computer retailer notes the value of Mulesoft’s supporting documentation. They write, “The documentation is great; it is always up-to-date and well-presented. If any details are missing, then there is a blog available that contains a lot of details. There are also channels on YouTube to help you better understand the solution and what some of the processes look like.”

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    Sample Customers
    Adobe,, Amadeus, AT&T, Bechtel, Belly, Burberry, Chegg, Citrix, Dell, eBay, Equifax, GameStop, First Data, Globe, HCSC, Intralinks, Kao, Meredith, Mitchell, Orange, Pearson
    Coca-Cola, Splunk, Citrix, UCSF, Vertu, State of Colorado, National Post, TiVo, Deakin, LLS, Oldcastle Precast, ParcelPoint, Justice Systems, Ube, Sumitomo Corporation, PacificComp, University of Witwatersrand, Groupe Initiatives, Camelot, Panviva
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Insurance Company13%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Insurance Company7%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm25%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Retailer10%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Insurance Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise74%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise75%
    Buyer's Guide
    Apigee vs. MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager
    September 2022
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    Apigee is ranked 1st in API Management with 35 reviews while MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager is ranked 3rd in API Management with 19 reviews. Apigee is rated 8.2, while MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Apigee writes "Good automation and documentation with good performance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager writes "A mature solution with good policy management but can be quite expensive". Apigee is most compared with Microsoft Azure API Management, Amazon API Gateway, IBM API Connect, Layer7 API Management and Kong Enterprise, whereas MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager is most compared with Microsoft Azure API Management, Amazon API Gateway, Kong Enterprise, IBM API Connect and Layer7 API Management. See our Apigee vs. MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager report.

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