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Score 8.7 out of 100
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Score 9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • IBM API Connect ranks higher in 1 feature set: API Management

API Management

8.9

IBM API Connect

89%
8.6

Layer7 API Management

86%
IBM API Connect ranks higher in 4/7 features

API access control

9.1
91%
12 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Rate limits and usage policies

9.6
96%
5 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

API usage data

8.4
84%
12 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

API user onboarding

8.9
89%
12 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

API versioning

9.1
91%
12 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Usage billing and payments

8.1
81%
5 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

API monitoring and logging

8.8
88%
12 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • Layer7 API Management is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.5

IBM API Connect

85%
12 Ratings
9.0

Layer7 API Management

90%
1 Rating

Usability

IBM API Connect

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Layer7 API Management

80%
1 Rating

Support Rating

IBM API Connect

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Layer7 API Management

80%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM

This quite powerful and helpful tool to keep your organization working excellently in terms of workflow, speeding up everything assigned in the company with greater accuracy and without any errors, since it has a powerful automation system. The total system of the entire company will be controlled in a central part where you will stay informed department by department, streamlining processes, saving time and generating more money, keeping customers and employees happy.
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Broadcom

Well suited for publishing internal services with very high security, protecting against attacks, and managing on-demand load. Also good for transform messages and SQL to Rest services. Not appropriate for business logic implementation.
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Pros

IBM

  • Great and unmatched consumer management features in developer portal; support for setting up consumer teams with multiple developers.
  • Out-of-box support for multiple authentication security mechanisms for API, like OAUTH, MTLS, JWK, etc.
  • Extensive workflow and lifecycle approval customization were best among peers.
  • DataPower, as runtime engine is very robust and high performing.
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Broadcom

  • SOAP to Rest / Rest to SOAP web services transformation.
  • Secure authorization and authetication (JWT, OpenIP Connect, OAuth, SAML and more). WASP Features as injection protection.
  • Easy rule writing without coding.
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Cons

IBM

  • The first thing challenge we faced with the product was that if you deploying it to a third party cloud, that was very challenging and we need IBM team help at every step of the way and as well all know IBM support doesn't come cheap. A reason for that is that there isn't enough documentation done on the subject from IBM side.
  • The upgrade process is not that seamless and involves a lot of hassles.
  • You really need to have our requirements sorted out clearly because it is not very easy to customize the UI according to your needs, So you need to involve IBM from the start and give them clear requirements and then work with them to achieve it.
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Broadcom

  • It would be nice to have an integration with services like Github for managing projects and versions.
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Pricing Details

IBM API Connect

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

IBM API Connect editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    Layer7 API Management

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Layer7 API Management editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Usability

      IBM

      No answers on this topic

      Broadcom

      The Layer7 API Management is a great solution, but, sometimes the documentation is not clear or has lack of examples.
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      Support Rating

      IBM

      No answers on this topic

      Broadcom

      The support team is good and the response time is reasonable, but (there is always a but), when support inquiries are made by someone experienced, and the question is not trivial, it is boring and takes a long time to get the case escalated to the next level of support.
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      Alternatives Considered

      IBM

      As we have already have deep work relationship with IBM, when it comes to API gateway, we start looking at the API service IBM provides. And that is when we found out IBM API connect. It is very reliable and convenient tool to manage our API. It works with our cloud agnostic strategy.
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      Broadcom

      We evaluated 3 tools and decided on Layer7 API Management because it had the shortest implementation times and fastest learning curve, without losing power of customization and scalability.
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      Return on Investment

      IBM

      • The product helped us ensure our API’s are secured, helped us to build trust with our customers and partners
      • The TAT to doing integration using traditional methods like VPN etc has improved cos of API Connect by 80%
      • The cost of maintenance of the product is way lower than any other tech product we are using.
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      Broadcom

      • Very fast implementation and is easy to learn & use.
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