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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

WSO2 API Manager

For smaller organizations, I think this is would be a good tool. For large enterprise organizations, WS02 API Manager is likely not the best fit.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

API Management

Azure API Management
9.4
WSO2 API Manager
6.6
API access control
Azure API Management
9.6
WSO2 API Manager
8.0
Rate limits and usage policies
Azure API Management
10.0
WSO2 API Manager
8.0
API usage data
Azure API Management
10.0
WSO2 API Manager
8.0
API user onboarding
Azure API Management
9.1
WSO2 API Manager
5.0
API versioning
Azure API Management
10.0
WSO2 API Manager
7.0
Usage billing and payments
Azure API Management
8.0
WSO2 API Manager
4.0
API monitoring and logging
Azure API Management
9.1
WSO2 API Manager
6.0

Pros

Azure API Management

  • The policy management process is very good. Without solid policies, you run the risk of poor performance or miscommunications. We’ve been very successful with our API catalog as long as we maintain solid policies.
  • Along with the policies, the security is very easy to manage, and you can control things from a simple Azure dashboard, including groups and levels.
  • The seamless connection to Azure App Service and Service Fabric is a great bonus, as everything is kept within an easy to manage portal with a common look and feel.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

WSO2 API Manager

  • Nice API store-front capability
  • Management of users and permissions
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Azure API Management

  • Cost - the upfront cost is a bit restrictive. I've been told it is because there are a few underlying VMs that are running this service. So if you're just starting out with API management, it can be an expensive proposition. Value increases as you add additional APIs. If you're using Azure B2C for the developer portal, you'll require Standard or Premium since they support AAD integration.
  • Security granularity - at time of writing, APIM doesn't support breaking out operations to products. For example, if you have an API that has a GET and a POST operation, and you want the POST operation to require a different subscription. There is a work around, but it makes management a bit messy.
  • Developer and Publisher portal - it's a little weird. Microsoft hasn't migrated all the publisher portal functionality into the "native" Azure portal. So some of it feels a little weird - especially when working with the content management side of things for the developer portal.
  • Scaling - while it's easy to scale up, the cost of APIM ramps up very quickly. Standard -> Premium is a 4x jump.
Gordon Lo | TrustRadius Reviewer

WSO2 API Manager

  • Better QA testing prior to releases rollout
  • Better support needed
Anonymous | 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

WSO2 API Manager

IBM API Manager is a better enterprise wide tool.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Azure API Management

  • + APIM has made management of various APIs across multiple LOBs easier and provides a common front-end for our 3rd party developers.
  • + APIM as a gateway for our APIs has made things more secure and provided more insight into API usage patterns.
  • - The cost of APIM is high, however with each additional API we add, we get more value.
Gordon Lo | TrustRadius Reviewer

WSO2 API Manager

  • Positive impact on continuity and API standardization.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Azure API Management

General

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

WSO2 API Manager

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Azure API Management
9.4
WSO2 API Manager
6.0

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