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"It's high-speed and it can be remotely administered via an API.""I like that it is very stable, and we never experience any downtime.""It is easy to use, easy to install, and it's resilient for high availability.""The solution is very easy to work with.""I like all of the features in this product and it does what it's supposed to do.""The performance is good. It's been very stable.""The scalability of the solution is good.""It can look for the various security threats, productions, payload scanning, and perform routing based on the content type."

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"It has good stability of the application server in the long term compared to other solutions.""The scalability of the product is quite good.""The solution has good performance.""As compared to other applications, it has tremendous support. We have built internal capability so that we use it extensively internally. It is also easier to use with the outside data. You can write in ESQL, Java, or any other technology that you want to use for development. So, it is a lot more flexible in the language that it supports.""We needed this type of integration and WebShepere is the best tool for it.""This solution is easy to use with a GUI that is intuitive and very helpful.""The performance is good.""The most valuable features are its user-friendliness and reliability in terms of application hosting."

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"For the workloads that are not too high, appliance is a little bit expensive.""We are always looking for more features wherein it could be easily integrated with cloud applications. We are looking for either a cloud solution or a cloud integration option.""The two biggest issues of this solution are the complexity and the maintenance procedures.""The solution requires a lot of training manuals in order to get to know it better and to be able to use it effectively.""The product should be more adapted to the DevOps process.""Traceability could be improved, especially for business operations. The traceability of the transactions could be an improvement point for DataPower to work on. It would be better if they provided JSON support. JSON protocol data has changed format. It started performing internal transformation to JSONx. This might be an additional complexity.""Some pre-packaged connectors for integration with various applications, such as SaaS offerings, would be a useful addition.""The components that they include in the product that are, in fact, a WTX, really need to be removed from the product because they tend to fail."

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"The availability of the solution needs improvement.""Some things are very difficult to do, so the interface and usage could be more intuitive for those.""When compared with WebLogic, Weblogic is lighter and consumes less memory.""The solution could improve the integration.""I think that this is a good product but I think that the cloud environment could be improved. I think that the future is in the utilization of the product in a product as a service way which is something that is lacking at this moment.""The business logic side of it is sort of missing in the sense that if I want to track and measure velocity, it is not really available. You have to buy another application and embark on a separate implementation. Instead of having different licensing, IBM DataPower should be integrated with WebSphere. It will allow us to build the business layer and rules a lot more efficiently, rather than developing rules within the application. It would be good if we can set up the business layer through parametrization rather than development. IBM DataPower has the business rule and the controls, and if it can be integrated, it would be fantastic. It will help the application in working better in terms of security features and business logic. If you're going to use it for open banking, you will be able to monitor velocity on the total pricing.""The licensing could be improved, and I would like it to give the longevity of the lifespan of the visions. In the next release, I would like to be able to download and extract the files so that I can just use my application server.""Based on the field and based on the build that was provided, we've noticed a lot of constraints in terms of the performance now."

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  • "The cost of this product varies from customer to customer and the relationship with IBM, including how many offerings from IBM are already being used."
  • "It's expensive when you compare it with others."
  • "The licensing cost is very expensive."
  • "As far as I know, they have a perpetual license for this product. They are paying perpetual fees rather than an annual subscription or annual pricing."
  • "IBM DataPower Gateway is quite expensive to get resources to work on this product. If the price could be cheaper, I think that will make it a little bit better and easily accessible to smaller clients. Then it could compete with other solutions that are available in the market. There's a whole lot of other solutions available that work well and are cheaper than IBM's products."
  • "The appliance is a bit on the expensive side for the workloads that are not too high."
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  • "We pay around $200,000 annually."
  • "The price of this product is higher than that of competitors."
  • "We used to pay about $100,000-$120,000 US or somewhere around there. That was a bit cost-prohibitive for us to continue."
  • "It is very expensive."
  • "The price of IBM WebSphere Application Server could be less expensive and there is an annual license required for this solution."
  • "The licensing policy is based on the PVU base."
  • "When you purchase Maximo, you get WebSphere for free."
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    Questions from the Community
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    The solution is straightforward and for large organizations, it functions well.
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    IBM DataPower Gateway is quite expensive to get resources to work on this product. If the price could be cheaper, I think that will make it a little bit better and easily accessible to smaller… more »
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    IBM DataPower Gateway is quite big for smaller organizations, looking at different types of clients who are virtually assisted in this, I would say it's not really a good product for smaller firms.
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    The solution is expensive. We have 80,000 PVU, as this is referred to by IBM. The licensing policy is based on the PVU base. The initial setup and purchase cost approximately $4 and $5 million. The… more »
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    In spite of the solution's robustness, it is expensive and a bit difficult to support, which is why companies nowadays tend to use more lightweight products such as Tomcat or cloud versions of the… more »
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    Also Known As
    WebSphere DataPower, IBM DataPower, IBM WebSphere DataPower
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    IBM DataPower Gateway is a single multi-channel gateway that helps provide security, control, integration and optimized access to a full range of mobile, web, application programming interface (API), service-oriented architecture (SOA), B2B and cloud workloads. It enables you to rapidly expand the scope of valuable IT assets to new channels - giving customers, employees and partners access to critical resources. It is available in the following form factors: physical, virtual, cloud, Linux and Docker.

    IBM WebSphere Application Server provides a range of flexible, secure, Java EE 7 runtime environments available on premises or across any public, private or hybrid cloud.
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    Sample Customers
    RBL Bank, Availity
    TalkTalk, Property management group, E.SUN Bank, Ohio National Financial Services, Aviarc, Cincom Systems, FJA-US, D+H, Staples, Michigan Municipal League
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm57%
    Pharma/Biotech Company14%
    Security Firm14%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Insurance Company11%
    Financial Services Firm31%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Manufacturing Company15%
    Computer Software Company28%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Insurance Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business9%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise82%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM DataPower Gateway vs. IBM WebSphere Application Server and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    IBM DataPower Gateway is ranked 2nd in Application Infrastructure with 12 reviews while IBM WebSphere Application Server is ranked 6th in Application Infrastructure with 10 reviews. IBM DataPower Gateway is rated 8.0, while IBM WebSphere Application Server is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of IBM DataPower Gateway writes "Deals with multiple protocols, but "WTX" components are problematic". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM WebSphere Application Server writes "Bad documentation, does not scale well, and has a lot of complexities". IBM DataPower Gateway is most compared with IBM API Connect, Apigee, IBM Integration Bus, Mule ESB and Microsoft Azure API Management, whereas IBM WebSphere Application Server is most compared with Tomcat, JBoss, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Oracle WebLogic Server and HCL Digital Experience. See our IBM DataPower Gateway vs. IBM WebSphere Application Server report.

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