IBM API Connect vs. IBM DataPower Gateway

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
IBM API Connect
Score 9.0 out of 10
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IBM API Connect is a scalable API solution that helps organizations implement a robust API strategy by creating, exposing, managing and monetizing an entire API ecosystem across multiple clouds. As businesses embrace their digital transformation journey, APIs become critical to unlock the value of business data and assets. With increasing adoption of APIs, consistency and governance are needed across the enterprise. API Connect aims to help businesses…N/A
IBM DataPower Gateway
Score 8.0 out of 10
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The IBM DataPower Gateway is a security and integration platform.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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IBM API ConnectIBM DataPower Gateway
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
IBM API ConnectIBM DataPower Gateway
Considered Both Products
IBM API Connect
Chose IBM API Connect
IBM API Connect is more flexible and easy to use. It has a lot of features that differ in the market like API monetization & analytics.
Chose IBM API Connect
It works well with API Connect
Chose IBM API Connect
The power of IBM APIC is much more in contrast to Apigee or any other product of the same domain because it is having DataPower as the backbone which allows for easy integrating with almost any platform, providing the highest level of security, handling millions of transactions …
IBM DataPower Gateway

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Top Pros
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Features
IBM API ConnectIBM DataPower Gateway
API Management
Comparison of API Management features of Product A and Product B
IBM API Connect
9.2
27 Ratings
13% above category average
IBM DataPower Gateway
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Ratings
API access control9.527 Ratings00 Ratings
Rate limits and usage policies9.622 Ratings00 Ratings
API usage data9.027 Ratings00 Ratings
API user onboarding9.327 Ratings00 Ratings
API versioning9.027 Ratings00 Ratings
Usage billing and payments8.819 Ratings00 Ratings
API monitoring and logging9.127 Ratings00 Ratings
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Small Businesses
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Score 9.1 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.1 out of 10
Anypoint Platform
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Score 8.0 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 9.1 out of 10
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Score 8.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
IBM API ConnectIBM DataPower Gateway
Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(27 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(2 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
8.5
(19 ratings)
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User Testimonials
IBM API ConnectIBM DataPower Gateway
Likelihood to Recommend
IBM
IBM Connect is well suited for enterprises with enhanced security requirements and compliance monitoring for access. In our financial domain, we can centralize connectivity and monitoring and thus reduce our workload. It works great across our hybrid cloud deployment. However, it may not work that well for smaller firms, as the initial setup and maintenance costs may outweigh the benefits of using a central tool.
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IBM
WebSphere DataPower Gateway is really beneficial if you are trying to integrate two or more systems. It provides you with comfort and peace of mind by creating a DMZ zone for the services which are going out of the intranet to hit external clients APIs. It is greatly recommended if you have a very high volume service or API which is being used by a majority of clients because it has a dedicated physical box present which takes care of memory, CPU and all such stuff. So, all your transactions happen at wire-speed.
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Pros
IBM
  • Security. I would say creating and applying scopes to each operation is intuitive and clear.
  • Managing multiple path at the same time. Creating new path and operation is straightforward.
  • The analytics tab is good to see what APIs have trouble with errors
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  • The most obvious thing that DataPower does exceptionally well is security. All the built-in supported security capabilities allow us to isolate most security tasks to DataPower and as a result "protect" down steam services/systems to have to deal with security.
  • DataPower is very good at protocol conversion and as it is usually used on the edge allows you to narrow down the protocols used between the companies public and private networks.
  • The appliance concept makes maintenance, recovery and, management so much simpler.
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Cons
IBM
  • One thing that could be improved is that it requires heavy hardware support. So making it less dependent on the hardware could free up the resources.
  • The hardware comes at a high cost which easily cross your budget if you try to scale the business through it.
  • It is quite time consuming and complex to setup and requires a technical person to set it up which again can increase the overall cost.
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  • The old interface is being really missed by our team as the new WebUI interface is not that intuitive or easy to work with. It takes a lot of time to load. There should be an inbuilt wizard for creating a Rest service as well like there is for an XML based service.
  • IBM support is very knowledgeable but it's not that easy to reach them. They don't release the fix patches very soon which also becomes a big issue in certain situations where critical projects are involved.
  • Lastly, DataPower has its steep learning curve and it requires time and effort on your end to gain full control and make the most of the advanced features which it offers. Finding the right resource in the market is not that easy.
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Likelihood to Renew
IBM
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IBM
Cost of the appliance
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Usability
IBM
It is an extremely easy platform to manipulate and productively develop. The IBM API Connect features and dashboard are very easy to access, and the navigation strategy is also cost-effective. IBM API Connect offers some capabilities that simplify the entire development operations while providing the most accurate and profitable data results, and the development project management is amazing.
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IBM
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Alternatives Considered
IBM
IBM API Connect and Apigee are both robust API management platforms. IBM API Connect was selected for its strong integration capabilities, hybrid cloud deployment options, and comprehensive analytics. It aligns well with organizations seeking flexibility and control over their API ecosystems, especially when dealing with complex integration scenarios across diverse environments.
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IBM
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Return on Investment
IBM
  • I consider IBM API Connect as a business capability enabler - the ROI level is practically secondary.
  • With this platform at the core, associated architectural framework and guardrails ensure that we can progress with distributed development and automation in autonomous teams - a key factor to deliver required time to market performance.
  • At this time, security and trust is key. A flexible yet secure API manager layer is necessary to ensure our relationships with partners and customers.
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IBM
  • It has really taken our business to the next level. We have expanded and integrated with so many new vendors and for all those integrations DataPower is serving as our security gateway.
  • We don't have to depend on any other tool for doing the load balancing of the incoming requests as that is also taken care inside the WebSphere DataPower Gateway box itself, thereby distributing the load equally.
  • It has made our platform much more secure, uniform and robust to deal with any kind of incoming message format or threat as well due to its latest security mechanisms and huge processing power.
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