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We performed a comparison between Kong Enterprise and WSO2 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.
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"The solution provides good performance.""The route limiting feature is very valuable.""The most valuable features of Kong Enterprise are the out-of-the-box open source easy functionality.""I like everything about it. It provides the security we need.""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.""Kong Enterprise has excellent plugin support."

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"Yes WSO2 API Manager is scalable""The scalability is fine for our purposes.""I think the best part about WSO2 API Manager is that it's highly customizable because it's open-source. The partnership model is quite lucrative for us, it helps us to go and pitch to our customers. You can build a lot of business models yourself that you want to use. You are able to do a lot of the solutions.""The solution is open source and easy to configure.""A complete integration suite and a good platform.""The solution is stable.""WSO2 API Manager's most valuable features are the simple interface that is easy to use and the APIs lifecycle.""The user interface is easy to navigate, and the documentation is extensive. It's open-source, so everything is available, and we can create what we need. That's not necessarily a feature, but it's an advantage."

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"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.""The developer portal needs to be improved.""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.""Because it is open-source, it should be less expensive than others.""Kong Enterprise can improve the customization to be able to do the integration properly."

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"Providing easy configuration for email and SMS notifications, layout and customization of admin and developer landing pages.""WSO2 API Manager could increase their security compliance.""WSO2 API Manager can be improved a lot relating to usability""The user interface needs to improve, it is a bit outdated.""They are developing another platform called Choreo that allows you to create API itself using the WSO2 programming language Ballerina. It would be great if they added a direct connection between Choreo and API Manager, that would be great. I think they are working on that, but I'm not sure.""The initial setup can be difficult.""The user interface could be a bit better.""WSO2 API Manager could improve the API approval system."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing fees are paid yearly."
  • "The price is really reasonable compared to that of alternative solutions."
  • "There are many factors that influence the price of Kong Enterprise, such as scale, licenses, and usage."
  • "I don't have any information on licensing costs currently."
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  • "I think the other competitors that are providing the same solution are quite expensive. WSO2 API Manager is quite cheap."
  • "WSO2 API Manager is a low-cost solution. It is one of the most affordable solutions."
  • "We use the open-source version of WSO2 API Manager, there is no cost."
  • "It is costly, around ten thousand per year, per instance"
  • "The solution costs less than 20,000 euros a year. I'm not sure of the exact number."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager was designed with its users in mind. Though it is a reasonably complex piece of software, it is easy to install and upgrade. While there are different things that one… more »
    Top Answer:Good at intercepting traffic and modeling APIs around that.
    Top Answer:Kong has a huge community and lot of open source implementations and satisfied users. The motivation to move to Enterprise edition is still license and cost based. Kong can look at different options… more »
    Top Answer:The user interface is easy to navigate, and the documentation is extensive. It's open-source, so everything is available, and we can create what we need. That's not necessarily a feature, but it's an… more »
    Top Answer:They are developing another platform called Choreo that allows you to create API itself using the WSO2 programming language Ballerina. It would be great if they added a direct connection between… more »
    Top Answer:The solution is used mainly for API management.
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    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.

    WSO2 API Manager is an open source approach that addresses full API lifecycle management, monetization, and policy enforcement. It allows extensibility and customization, and ensures freedom from lock-in.

    WSO2 API Manager is a unique open approach to full lifecycle API development, integration and management. As part of the larger WSO2 Integration Agile Platform, it is a central component used to deploy and manage API-driven ecosystems. It’s hybrid integration capabilities further simplify projects that span traditional as well as microservice environments. And unlike other API and lifecycle management products, it is fully open-source allowing for extensibility and customization.

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    Sample Customers
    Cargill, Zillow, Ferrari, WeWork, Healthcare.gov, Yahoo! Japan, Giphy, SkyScanner
    StubHub, Dialog
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Insurance Company25%
    Financial Services Firm25%
    Venture Capital & Private Equity Firm13%
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Company Size
    Small Business18%
    Large Enterprise82%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise74%
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Buyer's Guide
    Kong Enterprise vs. WSO2 API Manager
    March 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Kong Enterprise vs. WSO2 API Manager and other solutions. Updated: March 2023.
    688,083 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Kong Enterprise is ranked 9th in API Management with 6 reviews while WSO2 API Manager is ranked 8th in API Management with 13 reviews. Kong Enterprise is rated 8.2, while WSO2 API Manager is rated 8.0. 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 WSO2 API Manager writes "WSO2 API Manager for Enterprise Digital Transformation". Kong Enterprise is most compared with Microsoft Azure API Management, MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager, Amazon API Gateway, Apigee and Layer7 API Management, whereas WSO2 API Manager is most compared with Apigee, Microsoft Azure API Management, Amazon API Gateway, IBM API Connect and 3scale API Management. See our Kong Enterprise vs. WSO2 API Manager report.

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