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Anypoint API Manager

Anypoint API Manager is well suited to organizations where they want to manage the entire API lifecycle from a single platform. For organizations which have implemented their integration layer with Mule ESB, it's the perfect platform. They can design, build, deploy and manage all of their APIs from the Anypoint platform.For organizations where the cost is a major decision-driving factor, they can opt for some other cheaper options like AWS API manager, Layer 7, etc. So basically, the features which you're getting ready-made in Anypoint API manager you can manually configure in AWS and save some money.
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Nginx

Nginx is a fantastic service for managing several web services together under the same platform. Between SSL termination and basic reverse proxy, you can maintain a single static IP address and host several services and domains. Nginx will route to all the services with ease and you can keep costs lower by sharing server infrastructure. Nginx is also great for high-impact web services. We have several services that during peak hours will see several thousand requests every second. Nginx never breaks a sweat and is one of the most reliable parts of our stack under load.
Nginx is less appropriate for small projects as it takes time to configure and operate successfully. If you looking to get a small web service up quickly and securely, it is often better to go with one of the managed cloud services available.
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Feature Rating Comparison

API Management

Anypoint API Manager
8.3
Nginx
API access control
Anypoint API Manager
7.0
Nginx
Rate limits and usage policies
Anypoint API Manager
9.0
Nginx
API usage data
Anypoint API Manager
8.0
Nginx
API user onboarding
Anypoint API Manager
10.0
Nginx
API versioning
Anypoint API Manager
8.0
Nginx
Usage billing and payments
Anypoint API Manager
7.0
Nginx
API monitoring and logging
Anypoint API Manager
9.0
Nginx

Pros

  • API Manager provides easy API Policy Governance. You do not have to manage multiple platforms for managing the policies.
  • Supports hybrid Mule EBS environments. You can configure both CouldHub-based and on-premise-based API using Mulesoft API manager in a similar manner.
  • It's very easy to implement API proxy.
  • User friendly UI.
  • Single platform to manage all.
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  • Nginx works really well for serving static files. You can let requests for static files and assets pass directly through to the file system and Nginx will serve them really fast, without touching your web app processes.
  • Nginx does a great job with load balancing. You can set up different load balancing strategies, but the default load balancer it comes with out of the box works very well already -- better than any round-robin approach because it checks for availability of the resource before handing off the incoming request.
  • Nginx is more memory efficient and generally faster than Apache. It has a small footprint, which can be very helpful, especially if you're running on a VPS.
  • Nginx has not crashed on me even once. The robustness of Nginx overall is very impressive.
  • You can apply configuration changes to Nginx without needing to restart the server. You can also do reloads of the config without dropping any web requests because Nginx provides a global queue where requests can be held while it reloads the config.
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Cons

  • Mulesoft does not provide independent API Manager solution. Unlike some well-known API Management platforms, for example, AWS API Gateway, you cannot manage or configure APIs which are hosted on some other platforms (i.e. WSO2, Fusion middleware etc.). So, you always have to purchase the integration solution with API Manager.
  • If you compare the Anypoint API manager costs with its peers like AWS, it is very costly and that's why it does not attract small organizations.
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  • A user-friendly web console to add some configurations would be appreciated
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Alternatives Considered

The main reason why we chose Anypoint API Manager is because it is well suited with the APIs developed in Mule ESB. AWS, on the other hand, is a very good tool but still evolving and offers a small set of API management features.
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Nnginx is more light-weight than many other web servers, has a very expressive configuration language, easier to configure than tools like IIS and Apache, easy to install certificates for SSL, much easier to model complex routing scenarios than IIS, easier to configure than Apache. Overall, it's the leanest, best web server for services-oriented architectures (including microservices).
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Return on Investment

  • Easy implementation - Policy enforcement is quick and easy, which in turn saves a lot in implementation costs.
  • Lower maintenance cost - Since it is hosted on Mulesoft-managed cloud, there is no maintenance cost involved.
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  • Nginx has helped numerous web properties for various clients scale and be served to 100s of thousands of users. It has been an excellent tool in all cases where I have used it.
  • Nginx has slowed down development on a few occasions due to strange gotchas, but these are minor in comparison to the gains in time to market due to easy configuration and a large customer base with many answers to existing issues, plus excellent getting started guides.
  • Nginx has overall had a very positive impact on all of the projects where I have used it by having easy, rapid integration with preferred tools and platforms like Ruby on Rails.
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Pricing Details

Anypoint API Manager

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Anypoint API Manager Editions & Modules
Anypoint API Manager
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Nginx

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Nginx Editions & Modules
Nginx
Edition
NGINX Plus - Basic
$2,5001
NGINX Plus - Professional
$3,5001
NGINX Plus - Enterprise
$5,0001
NGINX WAF - Add-on
$2,0001
1. per instance
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