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Pros
"When I have used technical support they helped me a lot. Sometimes they took a long time to respond because we had very complex issues that we asked them for help with, but I think it is a very good service.""Tech support is fast and responsive.""API Management makes dealing with APIs easier. It'll help you to move ahead on your API application journey. The solution allows developers to create more advanced security policies""It impresses me as a product because it never goes down. It always does what it is supposed to do.""The most valuable feature of Layer7 API Management is that their policy is really easy to develop and it is flexible.""It is helpful to have a central API that is hosted and managed.""The solution fills our two most important concerns in seeking an API solution by providing a reliable gateway and security options.""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."

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"You can set up workflows and write limited pieces of logic."

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Cons
"The overall cost of Layer7 API Management is high, they can improve it by making it less expensive.""The Policy Manager tool that is used to manage the solution is very heavy to use because it is based in Java. Sometimes it takes a long time to load. There could be some improvements to it. If they could make Policy Manager on a web page that would be a good alternative.""The architecture of the solution does not allow for flexibility in using different components for the gateway architecture.""I would like for the new release to allow us to speed up code generation. The integration with CICD could also be more seamless.""The interface is Java which is difficult to make look very nice.""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.""The delivery is bulky in terms of implementation. Its price could also be better. It is a very good product as compared to CA API, Google API, and WSO2 API, but its price is high. From the cloud-native perspective, some new features need to be added. It could also be made simpler to implement.""The setup was not as straightforward as it should have been. Support should be improved."

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"We ran it for a while, but then we decided to move away from Tyk, because Tyk's cloud version, the SaaS version, has a significant limitation of limited flexibility, so you can't program very much."

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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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  • "It had a free version, which suited many of our needs, but not all, but we were happy to go ahead with the licensed version as well, which is the paid version."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:When I have used technical support they helped me a lot. Sometimes they took a long time to respond because we had very complex issues that we asked them for help with, but I think it is a very good… more »
    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:You can set up workflows and write limited pieces of logic.
    Top Answer:It had a free version, which suited many of our needs, but not all, but we were happy to go ahead with the licensed version as well, which is the paid version. We are required to pay a licensing fee… more »
    Top Answer:We ran it for a while, but then we decided to move away from Tyk, because Tyk's cloud version, the SaaS version, has a significant limitation of limited flexibility, so you can't program very much. If… more »
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    13
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    580
    Rating
    8.5
    22nd
    out of 42 in API Management
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    Rating
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    Also Known As
    CA API Management, CA Live API Creator, Espresso Logic, CA API Gateway
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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.”

    Tyk is an open source API Gateway that is fast and scalable, an API management platform featuring an API gateway, analytics, developer portal and dashboard. Available in three flavours to best suit your architecture and governance. We offer full cloud or on-premises options, and the best of both worlds with our unique hybrid model. www.tyk.io
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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.
    Trip Advisor, Juniper Networks, AT&T
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm27%
    Insurance Company11%
    Retailer7%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Insurance Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Retailer5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise72%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise75%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Buyer's Guide
    API Management
    June 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Google, Microsoft, MuleSoft and others in API Management. Updated: June 2022.
    610,812 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Layer7 API Management is ranked 6th in API Management with 13 reviews while Tyk is ranked 22nd in API Management with 1 review. Layer7 API Management is rated 8.6, while Tyk is rated 6.0. 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 Tyk writes "Simple to install, has many features, but lacks support for multiple programming languages". Layer7 API Management is most compared with Apigee, Mulesoft Anypoint API Manager, Amazon API Gateway, Kong Enterprise and Microsoft Azure API Management, whereas Tyk is most compared with Kong Enterprise, Amazon API Gateway, Apigee, WSO2 API Manager and SwaggerHub.

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