Azure API Management vs. Stoplight

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Azure API Management
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft's Azure API Management supports creation of API.
$0.04
per 10,000 calls
Stoplight
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
Stoplight is an API Design, Development, and Documentation platform that aims to enable consistency, reusability, and quality, all with an easy, enjoyable developer experience. Presented as a solution to help utilize and integrate design-first workflows to scale up standardized, collaborative, and well-governed API programs.
$0
Up to 3 Users
Pricing
Azure API ManagementStoplight
Editions & Modules
Consumption
0.042 per 10,000 calls
Lightweight and serverless version of API Management service, billed per execution
Developer
$48.04
per month Non-production use cases and evaluations
Basic
$147.17
per month Entry-level production use cases
Standard
$686.72
per month Medium-volume production use cases
Premium
$2,795.17
per month High-volume or enterprise production use cases
Isolated
TBA
per month Enterprise production use cases requiring high degree of isolation
Free
$0
Up to 3 Users
Starter
$99
Up to 10 Users
Pro
$399
Unlimited Projects
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Azure API ManagementStoplight
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Azure API ManagementStoplight
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Features
Azure API ManagementStoplight
API Management
Comparison of API Management features of Product A and Product B
Azure API Management
8.0
4 Ratings
1% below category average
Stoplight
-
Ratings
API access control8.94 Ratings00 Ratings
Rate limits and usage policies5.44 Ratings00 Ratings
API usage data8.94 Ratings00 Ratings
API user onboarding9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
API versioning8.94 Ratings00 Ratings
Usage billing and payments5.23 Ratings00 Ratings
API monitoring and logging9.84 Ratings00 Ratings
Best Alternatives
Azure API ManagementStoplight
Small Businesses
NGINX
NGINX
Score 9.1 out of 10
Amazon API Gateway
Amazon API Gateway
Score 8.3 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
NGINX
NGINX
Score 9.1 out of 10
Postman
Postman
Score 8.8 out of 10
Enterprises
NGINX
NGINX
Score 9.1 out of 10
Postman
Postman
Score 8.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
Azure API ManagementStoplight
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(4 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Azure API ManagementStoplight
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
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.
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Stoplight
API mocking, testing, and sharing are all built in functions for StopLight that work quite well. They even have functionality for generating OAI and RAML code as well, which is a huge plus. AS for as areas where StopLight is not appropriate, if you're doing anything other than API testing, StopLight may not be appropriate for use.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • Easy commissioning of APIs.
  • Great policies to control access.
  • Easy mock services for testing.
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Stoplight
  • OpenAPI support
  • Markdown supports
  • Git integration
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Cons
Microsoft
  • Lack of robustness is a bit of an issue. Several other providers offer more options and capabilities, but then, they are lacking in interface ease.
  • As with anything Azure, pricing is really hard to stay on top of. I always find that you really don’t know what you’re paying for until you get the bill. Having an excellent Azure Administrator can help resolve that.
  • Integrating with app services outside of Azure can be a challenge, or at least much more challenging than just using Azure App Services.
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Stoplight
  • Simplicity of set up. Although it's not difficult, there are tools out there that are easier to set up for testing endpoints.
  • Again, it's perfectly functional, but some competitors I think have a more user friendly UI to them.
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Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
Azure APIM vs Amazon API Gateway:
1) Azure APIM was a complete package that included a developer portal.
2) We are very Microsoft centric - so the Microsoft product suite aligned very well with our business needs.
3) It was faster and easier to stand up Azure APIM for testing than it was for the Amazon API Gateway.
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Stoplight
I'd like to also throw Runscope and Fiddler into the mix. Between StopLight and all these competitors, we've chosen StopLight primarily for the support, ease of use, and reliability. Most tools out there today are top-notch, so it really comes down to personal preference and different use-cases. Having used other API testing frameworks, StopLight definitely stacks up against the competition.
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • We can always think of positive ROI impact on business
  • It helps to easily facilitate the design, deployment, and maintenance of our APIs
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Stoplight
  • Increased efficiency
  • Improved comminication between backeend and frontend
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