We performed a comparison between IBM API Connect and Microsoft Azure 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: Azure API Management provides DevOps by default and has a robust marketplace where users can easily integrate with existing APIs and begin work immediately. It scales easily and integrates seamlessly with Azure cloud infrastructure. In contrast, many users feel IBM is a bit dated and is lacking cloud-focused tools.It is also more difficult to deploy.
"This solution is ready to scale and already supports our agile CICD."
"It offers enhanced security features to protect APIs, enforce access control, and secure sensitive data."
"WSRR is a powerful component for getting the endpoints."
"The most valuable feature of IBM API Connect is the security of the protocol."
"The services that I consume through IBM API Connect are beneficial. It can handle multiple API management."
"The management of the API and API portal is good."
"The statistics component is easy to use."
"Scalable and stable API platform for creating and managing APIs."
"Most of the features are valuable to me."
"The most valuable features are the API and integrations."
"The most valuable features of Microsoft Azure API Management are the easy configuration and deployment with automation."
"Azure APIM's best features are its straightforward access management (it's a single point of access for all monitoring and logging and for policy implementation) and its integration with the Azure Cloud infrastructure."
"The Application Gateway we have found to be the most useful in Microsoft Azure API Management. We have integrated the Microsoft Azure API Management with Application Gateway. Application Gateway is a type of load balancer that we are using for the high availability of our API calls."
"Microsoft Azure API Management is 90 to 99 percent scalable. We have three instances running in parallel."
"The API management is very good."
"Azure API is scalable."
"Documentation for the CLI is not very complete. Also, the support could be improved, and we have had several problems with backing up and restoring the product."
"We ran it on top of the Kubernetes cluster, so it wasn't a standalone service. In the worst-case scenario, API Connect couldn't stay online if all the containers went down. We had to restart all the services. We shut down all the containers automatically one by one."
"The developer portal could be easier to customize."
"The solution is overly complex."
"Our main pain points are in these two areas: creating a better developer portal and improving stability in terms of synchronization and monetization."
"The solution could improve security and performance."
"There is room for improvement regarding the connectivity of the DevOps."
"The monetization of the API could be improved. The pricing for the consumer is also very important to improve this solution."
"Specific to API development, I think Microsoft is still far behind AWS. AWS has grown by leaps and bounds, and Microsoft is a close second. But in terms of features and other stuff they provide, Microsoft's compatibility with publicly available APIs is a little limited. So, that is a little bit of a constraint. But what they provide is good, it's just that they need to build more on their API suite. I think Google is doing a really good job at that."
"I would like to see more integration with other platforms, as well as increased security."
"API Management's price could be lower."
"One of the most important improvements for us would be if it supported the HTTP/3 version and new protocol over a quick connection."
"Azure API Management could be improved with better integration with all of Microsoft's tools."
"The implementation has room for improvement and can be more user-friendly."
"It could be more user friendly for developers. It would be nice if developers could view things more easily."
"The API gateway can be very complex."
IBM API Connect is a stable API management solution that facilitates a robust intuitive protocol to enable users to easily and continuously monetize, socialize, create, manage, and secure APIs. The solution can also power digital transformation on premises and across various cloud environments. Users have the ability to seamlessly drive digital applications and stimulate modernization instantly. IBM API Connect is also available in many other iterations with multiple reliable capabilities as part of the IBM Cloud Pak, which provides for smooth integration and will allow users to better automate application innovation and API management as part of any organization's progressive journey to a cloud environment.
IBM API Connect Benefits
IBM API Connect has many valuable benefits. Some of its most useful benefits include:
IBM API Connect Features
IBM API Connect has many value-added features. Some of its most desirable features include:
Reviews from Real Users
“We use this solution for rest-based, micro services to complete authentication. We are able to gather statistics and audit and throttle traffic. It also has a developer portal that allows users to browse their APIs and develop applications on them. It has solid features compared to some of the API services management services out there.” - Chong S., Sr Technical Specialist at a financial services firm
“API Connect is mainly used as a gateway solution to expose, secure, and manage APIs. Using API Connect allows us to quickly create proxy APIs and saves time on end-to-end testing, which lets us deliver quickly to clients. API Connect's most valuable features are API management and creation.” - A PeerSpot user who is an Associate Manager at a tech services company
Microsoft Azure API Management is a reliable and scalable way to publish, consume, and manage APIs running on an Microsoft Azure platform. Azure API Management provides all essential tools required for end-to-end management of APIs. It ensures optimal performance of the APIs by tracking and enforcing usage and authentication.
Microsoft Azure API Management is primarily used to provide a central interface to create, provision, and manage APIs for web and cloud applications and services. Today's innovative enterprises are adopting API architectures to accelerate growth. With Microsoft Azure API Management, businesses can streamline their work across hybrid and multi cloud environments with a unified place to manage all their APIs.
Microsoft Azure API Management Features
Microsoft Azure API Management has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:
Microsoft Azure API Management Benefits
There are many benefits to implementing Microsoft Azure API Management. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:
Reviews from Real Users
Microsoft Azure API Management stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Some of these include its DevOps integration, its easy setup, and its dynamic pricing. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:
Cecil S., a Software Engineer, writes of the solution, “The most valuable feature of Microsoft Azure API Management is the developer portal because it's very quick and easy to get something published."
Dmitri E., an Integration Architect at MiBanco, notes, “In particular, in API Management, used as front-end APIs, it's easy to manage. We use Microsoft due to the stability of the company. It is easy to set up. The solution is scalable. It is stable as a product as well.”
IBM API Connect is ranked 5th in API Management with 21 reviews while Microsoft Azure API Management is ranked 1st in API Management with 39 reviews. IBM API Connect is rated 7.8, while Microsoft Azure API Management is rated 8.0. 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 Microsoft Azure API Management writes "Easy to set up with good access control but support could be better". IBM API Connect is most compared with IBM DataPower Gateway, Apigee, MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager, Amazon API Gateway and Kong Enterprise, whereas Microsoft Azure API Management is most compared with Amazon API Gateway, Apigee, MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager, Kong Enterprise and WSO2 API Manager. See our IBM API Connect vs. Microsoft Azure API Management report.
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