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We performed a comparison between IBM API Connect and WSO2 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.

To learn more, read our detailed IBM API Connect vs. WSO2 API Manager report (Updated: September 2022).
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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'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.""This is a very easy to use solution.""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.""Scalable and stable API platform for creating and managing APIs.""The services that I consume through IBM API Connect are beneficial. It can handle multiple API management.""The solution offers a pretty good SLA.""It is easy to use and stable."

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"Most of the time, we need to install a plug-in without having any lapse in services or restarting the application. The WSO2 platform can do all deployments without any downtime.""The solution is open-source.""The solution is open source and easy to configure.""Yes WSO2 API Manager is scalable""WSO2 API Manager is easy to use.""WSO2 API Manager's most valuable features are the simple interface that is easy to use and the APIs lifecycle.""This solution is a little bit faster, easier to use, and has better integration than the other solutions I have experienced.""The main feature — the publication of the API, the management section — is great in general."

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"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.""The developer portal could be easier to customize.""The monetization of the API could be improved. The pricing for the consumer is also very important to improve this solution.""Installation is weak.""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.""The developmental process is not quite user-friendly.""Our main pain points are in these two areas: creating a better developer portal and improving stability in terms of synchronization and monetization.""The integration of cloud-based services is where we're looking for improvement in this platform."

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"They don't have different URLs for administrators.""The stability is pretty good, but it could be improved.""Providing easy configuration for email and SMS notifications, layout and customization of admin and developer landing pages.""We had some problems with the reverse proxy not being able to invoke fully qualified domain names, so we have to build some custom scripts to solve this issue.""The user interface needs to improve, it is a bit outdated.""WSO2 API Manager can be improved a lot relating to usability""I would improve the product documentation. There are some gaps, and it can be difficult to find the proper documentation for the product if you need to solve something.""Lacks some new features and updated functionalities."

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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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  • "We use the open-source version — the free version."
  • "We have not opted for the paid version of WSO2 but we have implemented the free and open source WSO2 software to a great extent and it is working as per our expectation."
  • "There is a subscription-based pricing structure and also the open-sourced version available."
  • "It's not expensive, but it could be cheaper."
  • "I think the other competitors that are providing the same solution are quite expensive. WSO2 API Manager is quite cheap."
  • "WSO2 API Manager is a low-cost solution. It is one of the most affordable solutions."
  • "We use the open-source version of WSO2 API Manager, there is no cost."
  • "It is costly, around ten thousand per year, per instance"
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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:They've already improved a lot of features between versions six and seven. The user interface could be a bit better. Sometimes you have different visual aspects when you change from one screen to… more »
    Top Answer:The solution is used mainly for API management.
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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.

    WSO2 API Manager is an open source approach that addresses full API lifecycle management, monetization, and policy enforcement. It allows extensibility and customization, and ensures freedom from lock-in.

    WSO2 API Manager is a unique open approach to full lifecycle API development, integration and management. As part of the larger WSO2 Integration Agile Platform, it is a central component used to deploy and manage API-driven ecosystems. It’s hybrid integration capabilities further simplify projects that span traditional as well as microservice environments. And unlike other API and lifecycle management products, it is fully open-source allowing for extensibility and customization.

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    Sample Customers
    M2M Technologies Inc.
    StubHub, Dialog
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm42%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Insurance Company8%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Insurance Company10%
    Financial Services Firm25%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Company Size
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise75%
    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise48%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM API Connect vs. WSO2 API Manager
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM API Connect vs. WSO2 API Manager and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    634,775 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM API Connect is ranked 4th in API Management with 24 reviews while WSO2 API Manager is ranked 6th in API Management with 19 reviews. IBM API Connect is rated 7.8, while WSO2 API Manager 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 WSO2 API Manager writes "Easy to adopt and lets us extend functionality at any time". IBM API Connect is most compared with Apigee, IBM DataPower Gateway, Microsoft Azure API Management, MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager and Layer7 API Management, whereas WSO2 API Manager is most compared with Kong Enterprise, Apigee, Microsoft Azure API Management, Amazon API Gateway and Tyk. See our IBM API Connect vs. WSO2 API Manager report.

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