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We performed a comparison between IBM API Connect and Layer7 API Management 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.

To learn more, read our detailed IBM API Connect vs. Layer7 API Management report (Updated: September 2022).
633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"API Connect is a good product, and everything works fine. All the analytics are good, and it is easy to follow up. I like it in that sense. I'm more focused on following up on analytics by seeing how many API calls we are getting and where we see a lot of problems. I was working on that API level.""One of the most valuable features is that we can seamlessly and harmoniously expose our capabilities, from a security point of view.""API Connect's most valuable feature is its ability to act as a gateway. It's very easy to configure security and everything else in it. You don't have to kill yourself implementing custom configurations.""What's best about IBM API Connect is the excellent administration. The development tool that builds the API is also very simple, and user-friendly, and it doesn't consume too much time. Another valuable feature in IBM API Connect is its good reporting feature, particularly for operations, but the most valuable feature of the solution for the customer is security. IBM API Connect provides a DMZ and a security gateway between the external and internal environment, so you can publish your API safely. IBM API Connect can also integrate with any tool or middleware that works on open standards without the need for development or coding, so integration with the solution is easier.""I have found IBM API Connect to be highly secure, efficient, easy to deploy, and has a great GUI. It can operate and integrate well with other vendors, such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.""Scalable and stable API platform for creating and managing APIs.""The functionalities on offer are very good.""It has all of the tools that are needed for the specific mission."

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"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 mobile access gateway (MAG) is tremendous.""Simple to use and easy to develop APIs.""The most valuable feature of Layer7 API Management is that their policy is really easy to develop and it is flexible.""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.""We loved the portal part the most, which had monetization and showed how people were using the stuff. It is a good product as a whole and has a lot of microservices and granular features.""It is helpful to have a central API that is hosted and managed."

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Cons
"One thing about API Connect that could be improved is the security schemes. There are so many security schemes, and from a product perspective, IBM could improve the user experience of the configuration security scheme.""Support for this platform could still be improved. It also needs to have more levels of versatility. Its compatibility and integration with different platforms also need improvement.""The initial setup and installation could be easier.""It should be cheaper.""The documentation needs to be a bit better.""Our main pain points are in these two areas: creating a better developer portal and improving stability in terms of synchronization and monetization.""The monetization of the API could be improved. The pricing for the consumer is also very important to improve this solution.""IBM API Connect could improve the security of the application and the integration."

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"The architecture of the solution does not allow for flexibility in using different components for the gateway architecture.""The delivery is bulky in terms of implementation. Its price could also be better. It is a very good product as compared to CA API, Google API, and WSO2 API, but its price is high. From the cloud-native perspective, some new features need to be added. It could also be made simpler to implement.""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 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.""The overall cost of Layer7 API Management is high, they can improve it by making it less expensive.""Some problems with response time.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It's an expensive product."
  • "IBM API Connect could be cheaper."
  • "It is quite an expensive product."
  • "It should be cheaper. It has a yearly licensing."
  • "The price of the solution is very expensive, it can turn many customers away."
  • "API Connect's license cost could be a little lower. But, unfortunately, there aren't many open-source API gateways. Ideally, some new developers could come up with a minimum-functionality open-source solution."
  • "This is a licensed product. If your company is looking to obtain a license, you have to work with IBM partners."
  • "API Connect was highly expensive for us, but the decision to switch was made before I joined the company. It seems like the company bought it, but they didn't know how to use it. After two years, they decided to reevaluate and conduct some cost estimates."
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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:The interface is very nice. It makes the solution easy to use and navigate.
    Top Answer: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.
    Top Answer:The documentation needs to be a bit better. It's very sequential, however, I don't understand what options to choose for certain tasks. I need to read all of the documentation to find what I need… more »
    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
    4th
    out of 42 in API Management
    Views
    11,768
    Comparisons
    9,254
    Reviews
    22
    Average Words per Review
    510
    Rating
    7.7
    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
    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.

    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
    M2M Technologies Inc.
    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
    Financial Services Firm42%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Retailer11%
    Insurance Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Insurance Company10%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm27%
    Insurance Company11%
    Retailer7%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Insurance Company9%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise64%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise75%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise72%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM API Connect vs. Layer7 API Management
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM API Connect vs. Layer7 API Management and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM API Connect is ranked 4th in API Management with 24 reviews while Layer7 API Management is ranked 5th in API Management with 12 reviews. IBM API Connect is rated 7.8, while Layer7 API Management is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of IBM API Connect writes "Stable and scalable solution for API management, but it needs more versatility and integration with different platforms". 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". IBM API Connect is most compared with Apigee, IBM DataPower Gateway, Microsoft Azure API Management, MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager and WSO2 API Manager, whereas Layer7 API Management is most compared with Apigee, Amazon API Gateway, MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager, Kong Enterprise and TIBCO Mashery API Management. See our IBM API Connect vs. Layer7 API Management report.

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