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We performed a comparison between IBM DataPower Gateway and NGINX Plus based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Application Infrastructure solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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Pros
"The most valuable features for our business include the ability to monitor and log data transactions and handle multiple request at an enterprise level.""The most valuable feature is the security appliance, it's very secure.""It can look for the various security threats, productions, payload scanning, and perform routing based on the content type.""My company has a good impression of IBM DataPower Gateway. What I like about it is that because it's an appliance, it's a turnkey solution that's very fast and out of the box. Compared to other gateways, I also like that IBM DataPower Gateway is function-rich. For example, for one of the projects, there was a need for specific transformation and security features available in IBM DataPower Gateway out of the box, so my team just needed to configure the appliance. There was no need for separate development, and I found it quite neat. Another valuable feature of IBM DataPower Gateway is that it's easy to integrate with other products.""You don't have to have a separate DMC proxy because DataPower Gateway is an appliance and will take care of a lot of security features. These include data validations, encryption, as well as XML or any type of scripting or security threats that are present.""Support for PCA and non-PCA services is valuable.""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."

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"NGINX Plus' most valuable feature is the ingress controller.""This solution has everything.""NGINX Plus also has NGINX App Protect. It's a separate module, which is inspired by the F5 apps.""The load balancing module, which is equivalent to LTM, is the focus of the PSE. So far, the features of both are identical. I believe NGINX has more features for securing these services, but in terms of load balancing, both are massive solutions.""Supports IMAP, POP and SMTP protocols for the reverse proxy.""The web proxy and the database proxy are excellent."

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Cons
"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.""The user interface or the application development perspective and customization of the tool could be a little better.""The initial setup isn't so easy, you need who has experience working with the solution to help.""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 programming language is only supported in XSLT and Gateway script.""An area for improvement in IBM DataPower Gateway is its price point because it's a relatively expensive product. Sometimes, when the customer use case is just a very small subset of what's being offered in IBM DataPower Gateway, then the product can be expensive, making my company lose some of the opportunities because of the expensive pricing. A lower price point for IBM DataPower Gateway, even if that results in a less feature-rich version, would be appreciated. In terms of additional features that I'd like to see in the next release of IBM DataPower Gateway, nothing specific comes to mind because IBM constantly improves its standards and provides quarterly updates to the product, so it's quite fine.""Some pre-packaged connectors for integration with various applications, such as SaaS offerings, would be a useful addition."

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"NGINX is a very basic load balancer and cannot do as many customizations as F5.""The KPI should be more focused on load balancing and the latency in application calling from the end system.""It would be great if there was even more automation to make it even easier to maintain.""The drawback is that you must obtain a license for everything.""The center management system could be improved.""NGINX Plus is moderately priced, but it could give better value for money."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "Most customers' use case budgets are not inlined with the price of IBM DataPower Gateway. It is too expensive."
  • "This product is a bit expensive as IBM products are costly assets. However, for enterprise customers it is a worthwhile investment."
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  • "You pay for each feature that you want."
  • "The list price of NGINX Plus is close to $5,500."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:My company has a good impression of IBM DataPower Gateway. What I like about it is that because it's an appliance, it's a turnkey solution that's very fast and out of the box. Compared to other… more »
    Top Answer:The total cost of IBM DataPower Gateway would depend on the configuration, but in my experience, it can amount to 60,000 Euros per box, even for the virtual version. Usually, customers need high… more »
    Top Answer:An area for improvement in IBM DataPower Gateway is its price point because it's a relatively expensive product. Sometimes, when the customer use case is just a very small subset of what's being… more »
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    Top Answer:I think installation only took a couple of minutes — no more than 10 minutes.
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    Also Known As
    WebSphere DataPower, IBM DataPower, IBM WebSphere DataPower
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    Overview

    IBM DataPower Gateway is a robust, secure next-generation enterprise-grade single multichannel API gateway that supplies dynamic access, integration, control, and outstanding security. The solution is available in a broad range of workload capabilities, including application programming interface (API), service oriented architecture (SOA), B2B, cloud, web, and mobile. These dynamic capabilities ensure users are able to quickly increase the reach of an organization's critical IT resources to new channels, which will provide shareholders, team members, and clients with safe, secure access at all times.

    DataPower Gateway is very flexible and is widely available in virtual, cloud, traditional, physical, Docker, and Linux form factors.

    IBM DataPower Gateway Features

    IBM DataPower Gateway has many value-added features. Some of these features are included below:

    • Control: The solution provides decision point authorization and authentication for all standards, including Lightweight Direct Access Protocol (LDAP) and Open Authorization (OAuth), which allow for better access control across an organization’s entire network.
    • DataPower dashboard: The dashboard is specifically designed to enhance performance and determine problematic processes. The solution provides intuitive real-time performance transparency to diagnose operational and performance anomalies and offer repair and restoration recommendations.
    • Enhanced messaging: Users are able to easily mediate messaging and protocols by incorporating the best of today’s traditional and modern application standards.
    • Integration: IBM DataPower Gateway offers super fast mainframe connectivity, database connectivity, transport protocol bridging, content-based routing, and any-to-any message transformation, ensuring secure and immediate connect service.

    IBM DataPower Gateway Benefits

    IBM DataPower Gateway provides many benefits. Some of those benefits include:

    • Flexibility: The solution is easy to use and configure and provides for a pleasant, intuitive overall user experience. The solution can immediately be used out of the box, which makes overall process management simple.
    • Protection: The solution provides sturdy continuous service protection and application performance using robust powerful routing and traffic control.
    • Security: The solution’s enterprise-grade De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) ready gateway enables users to enforce the desired runtime application security across all messaging protocols.
    • Profitability: The solution’s design ensures significant reduction of development costs in addition to the streamlining of overall operations. Users are able to achieve reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) and experience a near-immediate ROI.

    Reviews from Real Users

    “My company has a good impression of IBM DataPower Gateway. What I like about it is that because it's an appliance, it's a turnkey solution that's very fast and out of the box. Another valuable feature of IBM DataPower Gateway is that it's easy to integrate with other products.”- Bálint T., Solution Manager at Intalion

    “You don't have to have a separate DMC proxy because DataPower Gateway is an appliance and will take care of a lot of security features. These include data validations, encryption, as well as XML or any type of scripting or security threats that are present. From a security point of view, being an appliance in the DMC zone, IBM DataPower Gateway will take care of the entire security angle for the infrastructure.” - Sathyan K., Founder/Director at perfTech Solutions Pvt Ltd

    NGINX Plus is the all‑in‑one application delivery platform for the modern application development.

    NGINX is the world’s most popular all‑in‑one application delivery platform for the modern application development. NGINX Plus adds enterprise-ready features for HTTP, TCP, and UDP load balancing, such as session persistencehealth checksadvanced monitoring, and management to give you the freedom to innovate without being constrained by infrastructure.

    NGINX Plus is a cloud‑native, reverse proxy, load balancer, and API gateway. NGINX Plus boasts scalable and reliable high availability along with monitoring to support debugging and diagnosing complex application architectures. Active health checks proactively poll upstream server status to get ahead of issues, and the integrated live activity monitoring dashboard provides a single‑pane view of your app environment. The NGINX Plus API enables integration with existing tools, optimizing resources and reducing tool sprawl.

    NGINX Plus extends NGINX Open Source with many additional features and support, providing customers with a complete application delivery solution.

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    Sample Customers
    RBL Bank, Availity
    Locaweb, AppNexus, Wix, Reliam, Montana Interactive, MuleSoft, Warpwire, Discovery Education, InkaBinka, WordPress.com, Gogo, GOV.UK, NASA
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    Financial Services Firm40%
    Pharma/Biotech Company10%
    Security Firm10%
    Computer Software Company10%
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    Financial Services Firm24%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Insurance Company12%
    Comms Service Provider8%
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    Energy/Utilities Company29%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Media Company14%
    Government14%
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    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Government7%
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise77%
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    Small Business64%
    Large Enterprise36%
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    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM DataPower Gateway vs. NGINX Plus
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM DataPower Gateway vs. NGINX Plus and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    IBM DataPower Gateway is ranked 2nd in Application Infrastructure with 15 reviews while NGINX Plus is ranked 3rd in Application Infrastructure with 6 reviews. IBM DataPower Gateway is rated 8.4, while NGINX Plus is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of IBM DataPower Gateway writes "An out-of-the-box solution that's feature-rich, fast, and easy to integrate with other products". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NGINX Plus writes "Quick installation and very easy to manage while doing orchestration or automation". IBM DataPower Gateway is most compared with IBM API Connect, Apigee, Mule ESB, Microsoft Azure API Management and Kong Enterprise, whereas NGINX Plus is most compared with IIS, HAProxy, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Kemp LoadMaster and A10 Networks Thunder ADC. See our IBM DataPower Gateway vs. NGINX Plus report.

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