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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 8.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Azure API Management

APIM is useful for the standard scenarios:
1) Securing your back-end APIs - If you have a legacy back-end web service that has a basic authentication scheme, you can add some additional security by placing APIM in front, and requiring subscription keys. Leverage your existing firewall to ensure only your APIM instance can communicate with your back-end API, and you've basically added a layer of protection.
2) Lift and shift - there are always going to be clients that don't want to update their clients to use a newer API; in some cases you can make a newer API look like an older one by implementing some complex policies in APIM. You can also do the opposite, making older APIs look new, such as making an XML back-end accept both JSON and XML.
3) Centralizing your APIs - if you've acquired another company and want to make their API set look as if it's a part of the larger whole, APIM is an easy way to provide a consistent front-end interface for developers.
Gordon Lo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Heroku Platform

Heroku is very well suited for startups looking to get a server stack up and running quickly. There is little to no overhead when managing your instances. However, you'll need a background in basic DevOps or system management to make sure everything is set up correctly. In addition, it's easy to accidentally go crazy on pricing. Make sure you're only creating the server instances you need to run the base application and set up an auto-scaler plugin to handle peaks.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

API Management

Azure API Management
8.4
Heroku Platform
API access control
Azure API Management
9.0
Heroku Platform
Rate limits and usage policies
Azure API Management
7.3
Heroku Platform
API usage data
Azure API Management
9.0
Heroku Platform
API user onboarding
Azure API Management
9.0
Heroku Platform
API versioning
Azure API Management
8.4
Heroku Platform
Usage billing and payments
Azure API Management
7.0
Heroku Platform
API monitoring and logging
Azure API Management
9.0
Heroku Platform

Platform-as-a-Service

Azure API Management
Heroku Platform
8.6
Ease of building user interfaces
Azure API Management
Heroku Platform
9.2
Scalability
Azure API Management
Heroku Platform
8.1
Platform management overhead
Azure API Management
Heroku Platform
9.1
Workflow engine capability
Azure API Management
Heroku Platform
8.2
Platform access control
Azure API Management
Heroku Platform
7.6
Services-enabled integration
Azure API Management
Heroku Platform
8.6
Development environment creation
Azure API Management
Heroku Platform
9.5
Development environment replication
Azure API Management
Heroku Platform
8.8
Issue monitoring and notification
Azure API Management
Heroku Platform
8.3
Issue recovery
Azure API Management
Heroku Platform
8.6
Upgrades and platform fixes
Azure API Management
Heroku Platform
8.9

Pros

Azure API Management

  • Selective data exposure as it exposes a set of data allowed by the owner by applying authentication and usage limits.
  • It will help us to keep all our APIs behind a single static IP and protect them with a set of keys.
  • Integration and deployment of various APIs are so simple to manage by Azure so that makes our work a lot easier.
aniket tiwari | TrustRadius Reviewer

Heroku Platform

  • Heroku has a very simple deployment model, making it easy to get your application up-and-running with minimal effort. We can focus on our efforts the unique aspects of our application.
  • The robust add-on marketplace makes it easy to try out new approaches with minimal effort and investment -- and when we settle on a solution, we can easily scale it.
  • Heroku's support is quite good -- their staff is quite technical and willing to get into the weeds to diagnose even complicated problems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Azure API Management

  • We cannot automate the network infrastructure easily. At least we had issues with creating end to end APIM using Terraform.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Heroku Platform

  • Large price jumps between certain resource tiers (2x Dyno for $50 per month versus Performance Dyno for $250). Free Postgres next jumps to $50 per month.
  • Marketing/Branding to non-technical stakeholders. As the years pass, I've had to fight more to convince stakeholders on the value of Heroku over AWS.
  • Improve Buildpack documentation. This is one area where Heroku's documentation is fairly confusing.
Ben Gelsey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Azure API Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Heroku Platform

Heroku Platform 9.5
Based on 6 answers
Heroku is easy to use, services a ton of functions for you out of the box, and provides a means to get a software product off the ground and managed quickly and easily. The tools provide allows a small to medium size org to move very quickly. The CLI tools provided make managing an entire technical infrastructure simple.
Mark Hutter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Azure API Management

No score
No answers yet
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Heroku Platform

Heroku Platform 9.1
Based on 17 answers
Easy to use web based console and easy to use command line tools; deployment is done directly from a GIT repository. What more could you ask for?The one thing that keeps me from giving it a 10 is that custom build packs are almost incomprehensible. We used one for a while because we needed cairo graphics processing. Fortunately, I was able to figure out a different way to do what we needed so that we could get off the custom build pack.
David Hart | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Azure API Management

No score
No answers yet
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Heroku Platform

Heroku Platform 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Heroku availability correlates pretty strongly to AWS US EAST availability. We had a couple of times where there was a Heroku-specific issue but not for the last 7-8 months.
David Hart | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Azure API Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Heroku Platform

Heroku Platform 9.0
Based on 2 answers
The only issue that I ever have is that about 1 out of 20 deployments (git push) will hang and need to be cancelled and done again.
David Hart | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Azure API Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Heroku Platform

Heroku Platform 8.7
Based on 38 answers
I've used it for many years without facing any major problem. It's not hard at all to get used to it, it's documentation is outstanding and simple. We are close to 2020 and I don't think most of the existing companies or startups should still face old problems such as wasting time deploying code and calculate computing resources.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Azure API Management

No score
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Heroku Platform

Heroku Platform 9.0
Based on 6 answers
Be ready to pay a bit more than expected in the beginning if you're migrating from a big server. The application is probably not ready for the change and you have to keep improving it with time.
It's also important to consider that you can't save anything to the disc as it will be lost when your application restarts, so you have to think about using something like S3.
Willian Molinari | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Azure API Management

It’s a great tool, and so easy to seamlessly connect into your current Azure world that it’s hard not to look at it or even test the waters with it. It’s priced well, and is feature-rich enough to accomplish most tasks. I think the ease of having everything together and the ability to link so many different services under a subscription is the magic of Azure, and it’s hard not to make good use of that.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Heroku Platform

Heroku is the more expensive option for hosting compared to some of the cloud platforms we investigated, but it's worth it for us because of the plug-and-play nature of Heroku deployment. We can be up and running in a few minutes and know with precision how much it will cost us each month to run the application, unlike Amazon Web Services where you have to go to great pains to configure it correctly or else you might end up with a shocking monthly bill. Overall, spending the time to configure Amazon Web Services or one of its competitors is likely the more affordable and powerful choice, because you have control over so many specifics of the configuration. But it also requires the burden of continuing to maintain and update your AWS instance, whereas with Heroku they take care of security fixes and platform upgrades. It's a great service and we are happy to pay the extra cost for the value-adds Heroku provides.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Azure API Management

  • We can always think of positive ROI impact on business
  • It helps to easily facilitate the design, deployment, and maintenance of our APIs
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Heroku Platform

  • Heroku allowed us to get up and running fast. Deployment was really easy and connecting to our codebase was, too. The deployment integration with GitHub is pretty slick.
  • The add-ons provisioning is so simple and the documentation is so thorough that, at least at first, it means you don't have to hire a dedicated devops person to manage this stuff.
  • Heroku has tools that allow the collaborators (those with access to the Heroku dashboard) to be able to quickly and easily do triage from just about anywhere, including your smartphone.
Shannon E. Wells-Mongiovi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Azure API Management

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Azure API Management Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Heroku Platform

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Heroku Platform Editions & Modules

Edition
Production$25.001
Advanced$250.001
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Azure API Management
8.8
Heroku Platform
8.4

Likelihood to Renew

Azure API Management
Heroku Platform
9.5

Usability

Azure API Management
Heroku Platform
9.1

Reliability and Availability

Azure API Management
Heroku Platform
8.0

Performance

Azure API Management
Heroku Platform
9.0

Support Rating

Azure API Management
Heroku Platform
8.7

Online Training

Azure API Management
Heroku Platform
6.0

Implementation Rating

Azure API Management
Heroku Platform
9.0

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