IBM DataPower Gateway vs TIBCO Cloud API Management comparison

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We performed a comparison between IBM DataPower Gateway and TIBCO Cloud API Management 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.
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"It's high-speed and it can be remotely administered via an API.""It is very easy to set up and configure, even for users with no prior experience.""Support for PCA and non-PCA services is valuable.""The solution is robust.""The scalability of the solution is good.""Its initial setup was straightforward.""I like the tool's security. Also, all functionalities are integrated within on platform.""The product is stable...The product is scalable."

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"The most valuable aspect of Mashery is its stability.""The most valuable feature is the ability to have different packages based on the API keys. The same core system can have different packages based on different environments.""Conversion to RESTful and SOAP protocols and management console (can manage individually throttled settings to manage our service levels for customers).""The reason why we selected the solution originally was because of its ability to have a gateway both on-premise and in the cloud. This is the most valuable aspect of the solution for us.""It is easy to work with .""We can completely manage the APIs at the org level and BU (business unit) level.""When we did the product evaluation, we saw that TIBCO Mashery offers end-to-end API life cycle management. It provides all API features that are required for managing the complete life cycle. It includes the developer portal and tools for API monitorization. The out-of-box security features that TIBCO Mashery provides are enterprise-grade, which gives it an edge over other API products.""The control that we have and the security features are very valuable. With regard to API implementation or API orchestration, it works very well in the cloud because as soon as you create an API with one click, you can actually expose your APIs."

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"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.""They should add features to manage API integrations.""One area that could be improved is the integration with Postgres and SQL databases. Currently, IBM DataPower Gateway only integrates with Oracle databases.""Its support services could be better.""Additional documentation needs to be provided for complex automations.""Some pre-packaged connectors for integration with various applications, such as SaaS offerings, would be a useful addition.""Scripting needs improvement. It's hard for our customers.""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."

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"Monetization is not that great in API management. You need customization. Improvements are needed with sandbox local as well as with monetization. Those features are missing.""I'd like to see TIBCO integrate authentication and security features into Mashery.""The management console of API and customers' applications are not the most intuitive.""The way agile life cycle is working needs improvement. I also want to see more support for open API standards. I want to see some improvement on the protocol transformation. That is quite missing now. These are the three main issues.""They can fix some stability issues and probably make it more user-friendly so that not only an IT savvy person but an end-user can also easily navigate through this solution.""TIBCO Cloud API Management should improve its installation and make it easy.""Policy management has been a bit of a concern.""The security needs improvement, specifically, propagation of security to an API. Calling other APIs is something that is missing in the product and that makes us think about going to a competitor."

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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."
  • "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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  • "We have secured terms on which we have been happy to renew for a number of years."
  • "Its price is pretty reasonable. There are some lightweight API options available in the market, but given the feature set that TIBCO provides, its price is really reasonable."
  • "Licensing is quite flexible."
  • "TIBCO Cloud API Management is not an expensive solution."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It is very easy to set up and configure, even for users with no prior experience.
    Top Answer:I would say the pricing is normal. It is not the cheapest, but it is not the most expensive either.
    Top Answer:One area that could be improved is the integration with Postgres and SQL databases. Currently, IBM DataPower Gateway only integrates with Oracle databases. So it doesn't integrate with Postgres.
    Top Answer:We can completely manage the APIs at the org level and BU (business unit) level.
    Top Answer:TIBCO Cloud API Management is not an expensive solution. If you have the cost in mind, you can go for TIBCO Cloud API Management. However, we have some limitations, like, even if you have a SOAP API… more »
    Top Answer:TIBCO Cloud API Management should improve its installation and make it easy. The tool is a little difficult to configure because some of its components will be on-premises, and some will be on the… more »
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    Also Known As
    WebSphere DataPower, IBM DataPower, IBM WebSphere DataPower
    Mashery API Management
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    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

    APIs are critical business assets that form the foundation of digital business enabling new business models, improved operational efficiency, and connected customer experiences. TIBCO Cloud API Management empowers users to maximize the business value of their APIs products through an end-to-end solution that provides full lifecycle API management alongside capabilities for API discovery, implementation and analytics that speed business value realization across your digital ecosystem.

    Sample Customers
    RBL Bank, Availity
    uShip, Sabre, TouchTunes, Best Buy, Cisco, Comcast, athenahealth, Coca-Cola Enterprises,, Constant Contact,, FoodEssentials, Getty Images, Klout, Rovi, Rotten Tomatoes, Sportradar, TomTom,
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm33%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Pharma/Biotech Company7%
    Security Firm7%
    Financial Services Firm29%
    Insurance Company11%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Computer Software Company56%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Media Company11%
    Transportation Company11%
    Computer Software Company28%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Healthcare Company5%
    Company Size
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise75%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM DataPower Gateway vs. TIBCO Cloud API Management
    January 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM DataPower Gateway vs. TIBCO Cloud API Management and other solutions. Updated: January 2024.
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    IBM DataPower Gateway is ranked 6th in API Management with 13 reviews while TIBCO Cloud API Management is ranked 29th in API Management with 3 reviews. IBM DataPower Gateway is rated 8.4, while TIBCO Cloud API Management 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 TIBCO Cloud API Management writes "Is highly scalable, but monetization and analytics need improvement". IBM DataPower Gateway is most compared with IBM API Connect, Apigee, Microsoft Azure API Management, Mule ESB and IBM Integration Bus, whereas TIBCO Cloud API Management is most compared with Apigee, Layer7 API Management, Amazon API Gateway, MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager and SwaggerHub. See our IBM DataPower Gateway vs. TIBCO Cloud API Management report.

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