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We performed a comparison between IBM DataPower Gateway and WSO2 Enterprise Integrator based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) 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. WSO2 Enterprise Integrator Report (Updated: May 2024).
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Pros
"The product is stable...The product is scalable.""The API Connect gateway service and the SQL injection feature is good.""I like all of the features in this product and it does what it's supposed to do.""The product's most valuable features are AAA policies and security features.""The solution is straightforward and for large organizations, it functions well.""The solution is very easy to work with.""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."

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"The drag-and-drop features for connectors are very valuable.""The learning curve for this solution is very good.""The productivity is the most valuable feature. It is very easy to write remediations.""In my opinion, the most valuable aspect of this solution is its extensive range of adaptors and connectors. This feature holds significant importance and provides great value to users.""WSO2's analytics capability is good, considering the ELC support they provide.""The customer service executives are very responsive.""The solution basically conforms to our standards.""The installation process is easy."

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Cons
"The IBM community does not have much engagement from the IT community in Saudi Arabia and developers for this solution are difficult to find.""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.""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.""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.""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.""Some pre-packaged connectors for integration with various applications, such as SaaS offerings, would be a useful addition.""In the next release, I would like to see the product price reduced. It should be cheaper.""It is a costly product."

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"The setup can be difficult for those not familiar with the solution.""You cannot include the validation of XPath.""They should introduce better pricing for small companies.""The product's price is an area of concern where improvements are required.""They should release upgrades more frequently.""There are a lot of security settings that when you apply you have to re-apply again every time you modify a setting. It is something that really needs to be enhanced.""WSO2 libraries are not mature enough. For example, if you want to integrate with Kafka using its Kafka library, it often has many bugs.""I would like to see them bring back a feature, from earlier versions, that was very useful in debugging and finding issues."

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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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  • "The open-source, unsupported version is available free of charge."
  • "The solution costs about 20,000 or 30,000 euros per year, per instance."
  • "The cost is better than IBM Cloud Pak."
  • "It is a low-cost solution."
  • "The pricing of WSO2 Enterprise Integrator for enterprise subscriptions can be considered expensive, especially from the perspective of someone who prefers open-source software."
  • "I rate the product price a six on a scale of one to ten, where one is low price and ten is high price."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The MPGW (Multi-Protocol Gateway) is great because it allows you to easily expose services using various protocols – web services, REST (JSON), and others. This flexibility simplifies things.
    Top Answer:The pricing was not cheap, it was quite expensive. However, the pricing landscape might be different now. The market is more competitive, with players like F5, Cisco, and Siemens entering the space… more »
    Top Answer:DataPower isn't the most user-friendly tool. It is not an easy tool to use. Some things could use better wizards to guide you through processes. Also, the SSL key management is a bit convoluted… more »
    Top Answer:WSO2's analytics capability is good, considering the ELC support they provide.
    Top Answer:The product has reasonable and competitive pricing for enterprise customers. It is expensive for small businesses especially. They are using the open-source solution, and they find it expensive since… more »
    Top Answer:The micro integrator should be improved. There is room for enhancement considering alternative integration components. Some workloads may benefit from optimization or additional features… more »
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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

    WSO2 Enterprise Integrator, core to the WSO2 Integration Agile Platform, is an open source Integration product for cloud native and container-native projects. It enables enterprise integration experts to build, scale, and secure sophisticated integration solutions to achieve digital agility. Unlike other integration products, WSO2 Enterprise Integrator already contains integration runtimes, message brokering, business process modeling, analytics and visual tooling capabilities.

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    Financial Services Firm38%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Pharma/Biotech Company6%
    Security Firm6%
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    Insurance Company10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Government7%
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    Comms Service Provider20%
    Manufacturing Company20%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Government6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise75%
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    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise42%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM DataPower Gateway vs. WSO2 Enterprise Integrator
    May 2024
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    IBM DataPower Gateway is ranked 6th in Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) with 27 reviews while WSO2 Enterprise Integrator is ranked 7th in Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) with 18 reviews. IBM DataPower Gateway is rated 8.4, while WSO2 Enterprise Integrator is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of IBM DataPower Gateway writes "Security features meets compliance needs and offers MPGW (Multi-Protocol Gateway) that simplifies integration efforts ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of WSO2 Enterprise Integrator writes "Consolidated, reliable, and has responsive technical support". IBM DataPower Gateway is most compared with IBM API Connect, Apigee, Microsoft Azure API Management, Mule ESB and IBM Integration Bus, whereas WSO2 Enterprise Integrator is most compared with Red Hat Fuse, IBM Integration Bus, Oracle Service Bus, webMethods Integration Server and SnapLogic. See our IBM DataPower Gateway vs. WSO2 Enterprise Integrator report.

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