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We performed a comparison between Layer7 API Management 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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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.""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""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.""The most important features of Layer7 API Management are the basic security functionality and validation checks.""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.""Simple to use and easy to develop APIs.""It is helpful to have a central API that is hosted and managed."

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"Most of the time, we need to install a plug-in without having any lapse in services or restarting the application. The WSO2 platform can do all deployments without any downtime.""This solution is a little bit faster, easier to use, and has better integration than the other solutions I have experienced.""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 stable.""There are a lot of tools to help the manager. WSO2 is very easy to install. It has all the principal functionalities that you think about when you want to put up the management solution. It's a very friendly tool.""WSO2 API Manager is easy to use."

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Cons
"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 setup was not as straightforward as it should have been. Support should be improved.""The architecture of the solution does not allow for flexibility in using different components for the gateway architecture.""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 UI design could be improved in the next release.""I would like for the new release to allow us to speed up code generation. The integration with CICD could also be more seamless.""They need a multifactor authentication solution for the API layer and the other layers, as well.""feel like Apigee's API product is more interactive. You can drag and drop with those, but it's a little more difficult in Layer7. It's less user-friendly compared to that Apigee product."

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"WSO2 API Manager could increase their security compliance.""I would like it to be a more stable solution. Maybe in the last version that is approved. For me it would be good if they had a community established version.""The initial setup can be difficult.""From a product perspective, the first thing is that although the documentation provided by WSO2 is good, it could be much better. We're in the middle of a complex migration, moving away from VMs to Kubernetes with the latest version of WSO2 and good documentation is essential to us right now.""WSO2 API Manager can be improved a lot relating to usability""Lacks some new features and updated functionalities.""They don't have different URLs for administrators.""Providing easy configuration for email and SMS notifications, layout and customization of admin and developer landing pages."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "The price of Layer7 API Management is too high and should be reduced. However, it is a good solution in the market."
  • "The price of Layer7 API Management is reasonable compared to Apigee."
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  • "We have not opted for the paid version of WSO2 but we have implemented the free and open source WSO2 software to a great extent and it is working as per our expectation."
  • "There is a subscription-based pricing structure and also the open-sourced version available."
  • "It's not expensive, but it could be cheaper."
  • "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: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:They've already improved a lot of features between versions six and seven. The user interface could be a bit better. Sometimes you have different visual aspects when you change from one screen to… more »
    Top Answer:The solution is used mainly for API management.
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    8th
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    8.6
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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.”

    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
    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.
    StubHub, Dialog
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm29%
    Insurance Company11%
    Retailer7%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Insurance Company8%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm25%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Government13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Government6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise73%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise77%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise48%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
    Layer7 API Management vs. WSO2 API Manager
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Layer7 API Management vs. WSO2 API Manager and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    653,584 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Layer7 API Management is ranked 8th in API Management with 13 reviews while WSO2 API Manager is ranked 7th in API Management with 16 reviews. Layer7 API Management is rated 8.6, while WSO2 API Manager is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Layer7 API Management writes "We created Enterprise API Management Layer for our legacy systems using this solution". On the other hand, the top reviewer of WSO2 API Manager writes "Easy to adopt and lets us extend functionality at any time". Layer7 API Management is most compared with Apigee, Amazon API Gateway, MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager, Kong Enterprise and SwaggerHub, whereas WSO2 API Manager is most compared with Kong Enterprise, Apigee, Microsoft Azure API Management, Amazon API Gateway and Gravitee. See our Layer7 API Management vs. WSO2 API Manager report.

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