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Layer7 API Management vs. Microsoft Azure API Management
May 2022
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Pros
"The most valuable feature of Layer7 API Management is that their policy is really easy to develop and it is flexible.""The most valuable features of Layer7 API Management are integration, ease of use, building APIs easily, and portal straightforward.""It impresses me as a product because it never goes down. It always does what it is supposed to do.""Tech support is fast and responsive.""A big win for CA was the expertise of the local country support plus having support staff on site in a matter of hours, if required.""We loved the portal part the most, which had monetization and showed how people were using the stuff. It is a good product as a whole and has a lot of microservices and granular features.""There are many security policies within this solution that help to prevent attacks. We are also able to implement TLS to allow us to look at the application from the backend. There are workflows inside of the gate that help us a lot to implement customers and improve user experience. Our customers are also able to move from a customized creative view to taking advantage of AI bot solutions.""The mobile access gateway (MAG) is tremendous."

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"Most of the features are valuable to me.""Initial setup was quite easy.""The initial setup is not that complex, but there are certain challenges.""I like the stability and the ease of use.""This solution is very flexible, and it's very compatible with the other Azure products.""The solution has overall high performance.""The user management is pretty seamless.""The API management and the hosting of the API platform are great."

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Cons
"Some problems with response time.""They need a multifactor authentication solution for the API layer and the other layers, as well.""The architecture of the solution does not allow for flexibility in using different components for the gateway architecture.""The overall cost of Layer7 API Management is high, they can improve it by making it less expensive.""The UI design could be improved in the next release.""The interface is Java which is difficult to make look very nice.""If they had different levels of support available then it would be easier to justify the costs.""The Portal lacks maturity. Since the move from Portal 3.x to 4.x, a lot of features were removed. It is slowly coming back. I can see a lot of changes are done in the "background" to decouple components and make it more flexible. Those changes are just not getting to the UI side quick enough."

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"The hybrid part could be improved because API Management is entirely cloud-based, but some of our resources are on-prem, so formatting is an issue. Our goal is dual implementation.""It should be easier to integrate.""Microsoft Azure API Management's most valuable features are the microservices we used to use. They were API callers to receive communication with the network and building system, to complete the request. The response would be through the processing system.""They're trying to implement versioning and trying to be able to manage different versions of your API all at the same time, but they're not doing that just quite right yet.""They should improve the inbuilt policies that they have and that should properly create a deployment architecture as well.""Some of the DevOps stuff could be easier to work with. The migration paths are a little complicated, and moving code around could be more seamless. There should be less manual migration when several teams work together to publish code to the DevOps.""Performance issues from this platform need to be sorted out.""The developer portal can be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "At the time we bought the product it was a perpetual users license and there has been no need for additional licensing fees."
  • "There are some costs for maintenance that we are charged, but that seems fair because we get the support."
  • "Keep in mind the non-product licensing, e.g., if you opt not to use the embedded SQL."
  • "If you do a TCO of more than five years, then you will see a big jump in costs for some vendors."
  • "It is a pricey product, although not extremely overpriced compared to competitors in the market."
  • "It was very high at that time. We are a Broadcom CA partner, and we got it only for testing purposes. We didn't pay anything for it."
  • "This solution is a bit more expensive than competitors."
  • "There is an annual license for the use of this solution. I think we are paying for some support maintenance fees, included in that license. I don't know how it works. They should provide more information."
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  • "Based on the resources that we are leveraging, the price we are paying to use this solution is slightly higher than other competitors. In a few cases, it has its own advantage in some resources."
  • "Since this is a cloud-based solution you have to abide by those financial limits, this creates some different challenges compared to other solutions."
  • "The licensing fees are expensive."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable compared to others."
  • "Since everyone is isocentric here, it is reasonable for me."
  • "We pay for a yearly license."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on an annual basis."
  • "Azure's pricing is very competitive compared to platforms like Apigee and MuleSoft."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Though Layer7 API Management is overall a great product, it needs improvements on the capabilities related to the engagement of API consumers.  It needs a forum like tooling which allows API… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of Layer7 API Management are integration, ease of use, building APIs easily, and portal straightforward.
    Top Answer:The price of Layer7 API Management is too high and should be reduced. However, it is a good solution in the market.
    Top Answer: Apigee offers both cloud-based and on-prem options while Microsoft Azure API Management currently only offers a cloud-based solution. Both solutions are easy to use. Apigee allows for the… more »
    Top Answer:If you use Azure products, API Management is a great solution. It solves many of the problems of externalizing web services. For example, when you need versioning, establish a developer portal and… more »
    Top Answer:Microsoft Azure API Management is 90 to 99 percent scalable. We have three instances running in parallel.
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    8.5
    2nd
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    Also Known As
    CA API Management, CA Live API Creator, Espresso Logic, CA API Gateway
    Azure API Management, MS Azure API Management
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    Overview

    Layer7 API Management is an API management suite that provides industry-leading API products. The solution consists of an API Gateway, an API Developer Portal, and a Live API Creator. Layer7 API Management enables organizations to test and monitor in real time in both development and production environments. It can be implemented as a

    SaaS, on-premises, or hybrid solution.

    Some of the solution’s main capabilities include API strategy and design, API and microservice creation, testing and publishing, microservice orchestration, and mobile & IoT development.

    Layer7 API Management Features

    Layer7 API Management has many valuable key features:

    • Securely integrate and govern APIs at scale
    • Cloud, mobile, and social connectivity 
    • Self-service API publishing 
    • Searchable catalog of APIs
    • Military-grade security certifications
    • Integrated web, mobile, and XML firewalling
    • Advanced SAML, OAuth, and XACML identity and access capabilities
    • Backend SOA connectivity (across databases, applications, mainframes, and middleware)
    • Protocol transformation from legacy to REST and JSON

    Layer7 API Management Benefits

    Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Security: Layer7 API Management gives you protection against threats and OWASP vulnerabilities. In addition, it helps you control access with single sign-on and identity management, providing end-to-end security for applications, mobile, and IoT.
    • Data access: Layer7 API Management provides data integration, application logic, and a robust API, giving you access to all data you may need.
    • Mobile access: With Layer7 API Management, you can securely connect smart devices and mobile applications easily. 
    • Scalability: Layer7 API Management can dynamically scale up or down, enabling your organization to achieve high performance via throttling, prioritization, caching, and routing. 

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by Layer7 API Management users.

    Ewan S., API Technical Lead at Sanlam, says, “The Gateway is extremely flexible, which was one of the big plus sides. The capability to extend the Gateway functionality into reusable components is a big plus for us. A big win for CA was the expertise of the local country support plus having support staff on site in a matter of hours, if required."

    An IT / Enterprise Architect, IT Consultant at a consultancy mentions that the most valuable aspect of the solution is “The ability to control the web services. Actually what it is being mostly used for is to control the access. Most of the access is being controlled through IP filtering, IP whitelist. In addition to that, we are moving slowly towards using more client certificates. It impresses me as a product because it never goes down. It always does what it is supposed to do.”

    PeerSpot user Arpit A., Enterprise API Architect at Al-Futtaim Group, comments, "The solution fills our two most important concerns in seeking an API solution by providing a reliable gateway and security options." He goes on to add, “Layer7 is the most important step in our Application Modernization strategy. We envision to create an Open Architecture which allows us to adapt to ever-changing market needs. It is a key enabler in decoupling the core applications from the digital channels thereby giving us the flexibility to build the plug n play architectural landscape.”

    An Assistant Consultant at a computer software company explains, “The solution allows developers to create more advanced security policies.”

    Microsoft Azure API Management ensures an organization's API program reaches its fullest potential. With API management, organizations can publish web services as APIs reliably, securely and at scale. Use API Management to drive API consumption among internal teams, partners, and developers while benefiting from business and operational insights available in the admin portal.
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    Sample Customers
    Alaska Airlines, The Advisory Board Company, Amerigroup, IceMobile, R+V Versicherung, U.S. Army - plus hundreds of other customers in the banking, energy, finance, healthcare, government, manufacturing, transportation and retail sectors.
    adnymics GmbH, LG CNS, Centrebet, netfabb GmbH, MedPlast, Accelera Solutions, Sochi Organizing Committee, realzeit GmbH, Opensistemas
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm27%
    Insurance Company11%
    Retailer7%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Insurance Company8%
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    Financial Services Firm17%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Performing Arts6%
    Transportation Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Insurance Company6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise72%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise75%
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    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise54%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
    Layer7 API Management vs. Microsoft Azure API Management
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Layer7 API Management vs. Microsoft Azure API Management and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,045 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Layer7 API Management is ranked 6th in API Management with 13 reviews while Microsoft Azure API Management is ranked 2nd in API Management with 24 reviews. Layer7 API Management is rated 8.6, while Microsoft Azure API Management is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Layer7 API Management writes "Serves to standardise routing messaging services into a single API view with multiple channels". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure API Management writes "The sandbox feature lets us test before we go into production". Layer7 API Management is most compared with Apigee, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager, Amazon API Gateway, Kong Enterprise and IBM API Connect, whereas Microsoft Azure API Management is most compared with Apigee, Amazon API Gateway, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager, Kong Enterprise and 3scale API Management. See our Layer7 API Management vs. Microsoft Azure API Management report.

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