We performed a comparison between Kong Enterprise and MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager 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.
"The most valuable features of Kong Enterprise are the out-of-the-box open source easy functionality."
"Good at intercepting traffic and modeling APIs around that."
"I like everything about it. It provides the security we need."
"The route limiting feature is very valuable."
"Kong Enterprise has excellent plugin support."
"There are a few features that I like about Kong when it comes to authentication and authorization. Specifically, being able to use Kong for role-based access control (RBAC), and then further being able to integrate the RBAC mechanism with our enterprise directory, was very useful."
"The security features are good. It's easy to configure the end-to-end integration with existing applications."
"The stability overall has been pretty great."
"The most valuable features of Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager are the API gateway, rate limiting, and orchestration."
"Anypoint is very capable in terms of scalability."
"Its best feature is that its plugins are somewhat unique in the market. We have budgets, Prime membership, and pre-plugins available in the marketplace that we can use immediately."
"The most valuable feature of Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is the gateway that is provided."
"Technical support has been helpful."
"This is a good API management product."
"Kong Enterprise can improve the customization to be able to do the integration properly."
"They could focus more on pricing."
"Because it is open-source, it should be less expensive than others."
"It becomes difficult if you try to scale it up to multiple clusters."
"We would like to see an automatic data API when we have a table in the database."
"Kong is meant for north-south communications, so it will be interesting to see what solutions they can come up with in the realms of east-west communications, service-to-service communications, and Zero Trust architecture. I believe that if they can provide for these areas, then they will be able to solve the overall integration and security concerns for microservices architecture in general."
"With respect to the live help, I have language issues because I can't understand some of the things that I hear."
"MuleSoft has advanced features but is slower."
"Anypoint could be improved by making it more open and configurable for small companies, who tend not to consider the solution as it's expensive and requires a lot of costs upfront."
"When compared to other integration technologies, it is slightly higher."
"The initial setup, if you go back three or three and a half years, definitely, for us, was complex."
"In the next release, Mulesoft should make it easier for people who don't have the native connectors to build their own rather than using the APA from the power platform or outlet."
"Licensing costs should be reduced, it's quite expensive."
"There should be more pricing options or certain discounts for the education sector."
Kong delivers a next generation API platform built for modern architectures. With a lightnight-fast, lightweight, and flexible core, Kong delivers sub-millisecond latency across all your services. Kong's is deployment-, vendor-, and pattern-agnostic, allowing you to run your services how you want, where you want, and with who you want - from baremetal to cloud, monolith to microservices, service mesh, and beyond.
Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is the portion of the Anypoint Platform that is used for the designing, building, managing, and publishing of APIs. Anypoint Platform uses Mule as its core runtime engine.
Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is an extremely versatile solution. It offers users the ability to deploy their APIs in a number of different settings. You can use API Manager on a public cloud, a private cloud, or a hybrid. Additionally, users can use the solution to manage their deployments with ease. A few clicks are all you need to alter your deployment.
Benefits of Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager
Some of the benefits of using Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager include:
Reviews from Real Users
Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager is a highly effective piece of software whose purpose is to enable users to design, build, manage, and publish APIs. It stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are the ease with which users can connect it to their applications and the high level of value that its support offers. It provides users with the ability to easily connect this solution with whatever program they need to join it with. Users can create connections without having to write code. It offers different types of support which ensure that users have a high level of understanding about the product and how to use it.
PeerSpot user Tolulope A., a technical lead specializing in integration and middleware at a financial services firm, notes the ease with which users can connect Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager to their applications. He writes, “One good thing about MuleSoft is that they have a lot of connectors to those back-end applications. We don't really need to write code to be able to connect to a database or to connect with SAP. You just need credentials and the connectivity details. Most of the development of what we do is just drag and drop. They're able to connect with applications using standard connectors that are provided by ESB, by MuleSoft.”
The CEO & Co-Founder at a computer retailer notes the value of Mulesoft’s supporting documentation. They write, “The documentation is great; it is always up-to-date and well-presented. If any details are missing, then there is a blog available that contains a lot of details. There are also channels on YouTube to help you better understand the solution and what some of the processes look like.”
Kong Enterprise is ranked 10th in API Management with 6 reviews while MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager is ranked 3rd in API Management with 19 reviews. Kong Enterprise is rated 8.6, while MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Kong Enterprise writes "Provides role-based access control and can be easily customized with Lua script". On the other hand, the top reviewer of MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager writes "A mature solution with good policy management but can be quite expensive". Kong Enterprise is most compared with Microsoft Azure API Management, Amazon API Gateway, WSO2 API Manager, Apigee and Layer7 API Management, whereas MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager is most compared with Microsoft Azure API Management, Amazon API Gateway, Apigee, IBM API Connect and Layer7 API Management. See our Kong Enterprise vs. MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager report.
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