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"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.""API Connect is a very good platform for the development of APIs.""The centralized management: this provides a management module that can deploy and apply security policies to all APIs, including all the gateways that are deployed on-premises and on any cloud because the gateway component can run at a VMware or in a Kubernetes cluster.""The gateway is the most valuable aspect of this solution.""It is a complete all-in-one solution.""Our version supports containerized integration. I can write APIs, which can be moved into a testing environment without needing a forklift. It can check if APIs are compliant before moving them into production.""The technical support is good. Whenever we need anything, we have our IT team work with IBM to change whatever requirement is needed.""One of the most valuable features is that we can seamlessly and harmoniously expose our capabilities, from a security point of view."

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"One of the more valuable features is the stability of the platform.""Offers good integration and flexibility.""The most important features are the API management and API development.""The most valuable feature is the scalability.""The scalability is good. It's passable.""The stability overall has been pretty great.""The documentation is great; it is always up to date and well-presented.""The solution has been very stable."

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"The installation process could use improvement. I hope that in the next release, the installation process is easier.""I would like to see support for non-Java based services. We struggle a bit to be able to deploy and connect our .NET services because of things like data types. We had to map a couple of things. For one solution provider, we had to move them to .NET Core before we could use it properly. I would like to see more agnostic tool service platforms rather than moving it more towards Java or open source.""The design time setup has a lot of customizable fields, but we need certain standard fields to be added, such as what all of the consuming systems are. This needs to be very clearly articulated during the design time.""They seem to have left out a feature for microservices and also a certification module for OIDC.""Extracting the data could be improved.""Debugging could be improved.""Different versions of the same thing can mean unnecessary duplication.""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."

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"The pricing is a bit expensive.""The pricing is quite expensive. It should be adjusted to make it more affordable for users.""Not many stand-out features.""Their analytics needs a lot of improvement. It's really lacking right now.""The API gateway and API runtime are too heavy, which means that it is not suitable for microservices.""Licensing costs should be reduced, it's quite expensive.""I would like to see more automation. Operations are done manually. It should also automate in the operation.""We find that the enterprise level is lacking scalability."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "API Connect is quite pricey."
  • "I haven't seen anyone go from on-premise to the cloud. In fact, I am seeing people go from the cloud to on-premise because the costs can quickly grow on the cloud."
  • "It would be a good idea to bring down the pricing by at least 20 to 30 percent."
  • "The pricing is too expensive with IBM. Sometimes, we prefer to go with an open source or something more lightweight."
  • "It is expensive when compared to other products in this class. There were no extra fees for add-ons or technical support."
  • "It's an expensive product."
  • "IBM API Connect could be cheaper."
  • "It is quite an expensive product."
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  • "The licensing fees are approximately $80,000 USD per year and there are costs for additional functionality, as well as premiums for connectors to systems such as Oracle and SAP."
  • "The pricing is very expensive, although you get a lot of power from the product."
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    The interface is very nice. It makes the solution easy to use and navigate.
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    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.
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    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 »
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    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 »
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    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 »
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    The stability overall has been pretty great.
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    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.

    API Manager is a component of Anypoint Platform for designing, building, managing, and publishing APIs. Anypoint Platform uses Mule as its core runtime engine. You can use API Manager on a public cloud, such as CloudHub, a private cloud, or a hybrid. A hybrid deployment is an API deployed on a private server but having metadata processed in the public cloud.

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    Midsize Enterprise14%
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    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM API Connect vs. Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    564,599 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM API Connect is ranked 5th in API Management with 25 reviews while Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is ranked 3rd in API Management with 12 reviews. IBM API Connect is rated 8.0, while Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of IBM API Connect writes "Stable and easy to set up but might be too costly for small businesses ". 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". IBM API Connect is most compared with Apigee, IBM DataPower Gateway, Microsoft Azure API Management, Amazon API Gateway and 3scale API Management, whereas Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is most compared with Microsoft Azure API Management, Apigee, Amazon API Gateway, Kong Enterprise and Layer7 API Management. See our IBM API Connect vs. Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager report.

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