IBM API Connect vs. Kong Gateway Community (Open Source)

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
Kong Gateway Community (Open Source)
Score 7.5 out of 10
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Kong Gateway Community (Open Source) is the open source community Gateway supported by Kong, Inc, in San Francisco. Presented as the world's most popular API gateway, it is built for hybrid and multi-cloud, optimized for microservices and distributed architectures. Kong Gateway is also part of the Konnect platform, Kong's enterprise service offering.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
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Considered Both Products
IBM API Connect
Chose IBM API Connect
API Connect was far more mature, far quicker than Kong. It was clear a few years ago that API Connect features such as Applications and Product groupings were the way forward as Kong was at the time lacking these but planning to replicate them in their roadmaps
Chose IBM API Connect
API Connect provides the most complete feature set out of all the above mentioned
Kong Gateway Community (Open Source)

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Features
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API Management
Comparison of API Management features of Product A and Product B
IBM API Connect
9.2
27 Ratings
10% above category average
Kong Gateway Community (Open Source)
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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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NGINX
Score 9.1 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.1 out of 10

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Enterprises
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Score 9.1 out of 10
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Oracle SOA Suite
Score 8.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
IBM API ConnectKong Gateway Community (Open Source)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(27 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(2 ratings)
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Usability
8.5
(19 ratings)
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User Testimonials
IBM API ConnectKong Gateway Community (Open Source)
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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Kong, Inc
You can use Kong for simple to complex micro service back-ends. You can leverage the various categories of plugins to quickly set-up things.
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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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Kong, Inc
  • Mapping requests to back-end services
  • Plugins for almost everything
  • It's super fast
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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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Kong, Inc
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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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Kong, Inc
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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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Kong, Inc
We haven't used anything else.
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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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Kong, Inc
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