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We performed a comparison between IBM DataPower Gateway and Oracle SOA Suite 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.
To learn more, read our detailed IBM DataPower Gateway vs. Oracle SOA Suite Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"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.""The solution is straightforward and for large organizations, it functions well.""The most valuable feature is the security appliance, it's very secure.""I like that it is very stable, and we never experience any downtime.""The scalability of the solution is good.""What I like most is the stability.""The solution is robust.""The solution is scalable, our customers are mostly South African banks and they handle mostly transactions with this solution."

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"In Oracle SOA Suite some applications are not able to use REST, but it can support both SOAP and REST. You're able to integrate quite a lot of systems, which may not be able to in other solutions. You can also use XML and JSON. It is a standardizing type of tool. It doesn't matter whether I'm using JSON or XML, it can convert them.""It performs better in real-time transactions.""This is one of the critical products for my company and we use it extensively. We currently use each and every feature of Oracle SOA.""In case there is something that doesn't work out of the box, you have the flexibility to customize it."

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Cons
"The two biggest issues of this solution are the complexity and the maintenance procedures.""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.""In the next release, I would like to see the product price reduced. It should be cheaper.""The programming language is only supported in XSLT and Gateway script.""The user interface or the application development perspective and customization of the tool could be a little better.""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.""The initial setup isn't so easy, you need who has experience working with the solution to help.""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 technical support is good, we have premier support which costs extra.""It's also not developer-friendly.""They supply lots of documentation but finding what we need is challenging at times.""An important area that can be improved is the product's data monitoring. When we use the solution for interfacing or end-to-end data monitoring, we want to know exactly where the data is going and exactly where it is failing, or where there is an issue."

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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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    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 »
    Top Answer:It performs better in real-time transactions.
    Top Answer:Our licensing is annual, but I am unsure of the exact cost.
    Top Answer:There needs to be separate guided learning for the usage of tools. It's also not developer-friendly.
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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

    Oracle SOA Suite is a comprehensive, standards-based software suite to build, deploy and manage integration following the concepts of service-oriented architecture (SOA). The components of the suite benefit from consistent tooling, a single deployment and management model, end-to-end security and unified metadata management. Oracle SOA Suite helps businesses lower costs by allowing maximum re-use of existing IT investments and assets, regardless of the environment (OS, application server, etc.) they run in, or the technology they were built upon. Its easy-to-use, re-use focused, unified application development tooling and end-to-end lifecycle management support further reduces development and maintenance cost and complexity.

    For more information on Oracle SOA Suite, visit Oracle.com

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    Sample Customers
    RBL Bank, Availity
    7-Eleven, Arcor SAIC, Banca Transilvania, Eaton Corporation, Emdeon, Ferrovial, Griffith University, National Instruments, Pella Corporation, Vodafone Group Plc,
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm40%
    Pharma/Biotech Company10%
    Security Firm10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Insurance Company12%
    Comms Service Provider8%
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    Healthcare Company11%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Non Tech Company7%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government8%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise61%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise76%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise62%
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM DataPower Gateway vs. Oracle SOA Suite
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM DataPower Gateway vs. Oracle SOA Suite and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    IBM DataPower Gateway is ranked 2nd in Application Infrastructure with 15 reviews while Oracle SOA Suite is ranked 8th in Application Infrastructure with 4 reviews. IBM DataPower Gateway is rated 8.4, while Oracle SOA Suite is rated 7.2. 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 Oracle SOA Suite writes "Integrates well, versatile, and high level support". IBM DataPower Gateway is most compared with IBM API Connect, Apigee, Mule ESB, Microsoft Azure API Management and IBM Integration Bus, whereas Oracle SOA Suite is most compared with WebLogic Suite, Mule ESB, Apache Web Server, IBM WebSphere Application Server and JBoss Enterprise Application Platform. See our IBM DataPower Gateway vs. Oracle SOA Suite report.

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