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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Score 9.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM API Connect

IBM API Connect is well suited for on-premises installation. We also have flexible cloud-hosted plans managed by IBM Cloud. Flexible options for API Security, consumer organization, easier UI-based API development options, and great workflow for product lifecycle management are unparalleled and would be a great fit for any organization.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NGINX

[NGINX] is very well suited for high performance. I have seen it used on servers with 1k current connections with no issues. Despite seeing it used in many environments I've never seen software developers use it over apache, express, IIS in local dev environments so it may be more difficult to setup. I've also seen it used to load balance again without issues.
Josh Stapp | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

API Management

IBM API Connect
9.0
NGINX
API access control
IBM API Connect
9.3
NGINX
Rate limits and usage policies
IBM API Connect
9.6
NGINX
API usage data
IBM API Connect
8.7
NGINX
API user onboarding
IBM API Connect
9.0
NGINX
API versioning
IBM API Connect
9.3
NGINX
Usage billing and payments
IBM API Connect
8.3
NGINX
API monitoring and logging
IBM API Connect
9.0
NGINX

Application Servers

IBM API Connect
NGINX
7.7
IDE support
IBM API Connect
NGINX
6.0
Security management
IBM API Connect
NGINX
8.4
Administration and management
IBM API Connect
NGINX
6.3
Application server performance
IBM API Connect
NGINX
9.4
Installation
IBM API Connect
NGINX
7.4
Open-source standards compliance
IBM API Connect
NGINX
9.0

Pros

IBM API Connect

  • Enhanced security with client id and client secret features.
  • Easy to deploy API changes through automation.
  • Good UI to manage APIs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NGINX

  • Very low memory usage. Can handle many more connections than alternatives (like Apache HTTPD) due to low overhead. (event-based architecture).
  • Great at serving static content.
  • Scales very well. Easy to host multiple Nginx servers to promote high availability.
  • Open-Source (no cost)!
Gabriel Samaroo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

IBM API Connect

  • Can be a learning curve for beginners
  • API management configuration tool can be simplified more
  • UI can be improved more
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

NGINX

  • Being relatively newer than alternatives such as Apache, NGINX has room to mature in some areas
  • While very well supported by most OS and cloud vendors, NGINX still requires some additional setup configurations to get going, it is still viewed as a secondary (although better in many cases) option
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

IBM API Connect

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

NGINX

NGINX 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Front end proxy and reverse proxy of Nginx is always useful. I always prefer to Nginx in overall usability when you have application server and database or multiple application servers and single database i.e. clustered application. Nginx provides really good features and flexibility which helps the system administrator in case of troubleshooting and also from the administration perspective. Also, Nginx doesn't delay any request because of internal performance issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

IBM API Connect

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

NGINX

NGINX 7.8
Based on 10 answers
I'm explicitly rating the open-source version of NGINX here. The open-source version has good documentation and useful examples. As one of the most web servers in the world, there is a wide range of tutorials and examples to learn from. This does have the drawback of potentially using older documentation, but NGINX has excellent default behavior, and the official documentation is easy to use. Their paid support seems excellent as well, though we haven't taken advantage of it yet.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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 at wire speed and also capable of transforming the message content as and when required. Secondly, it acts as a unified portal for all the services and we can manage all the API's from a single place and make changes. We can look for any services here, it acts as a repository for all the organization services and we can assign specific audience to specific services.
Rahul Malik | TrustRadius Reviewer

NGINX

NetApp, f1, etc., [I've] used them all. I find using commodity hardware across diverse endpoints running software solutions is cheaper while being more available than individual hardware solutions. and I find Nginx to be the best proxy solution that can do everything we need.
L Matthew Blancett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

IBM API Connect

  • 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.
Abhijeet Davane | TrustRadius Reviewer

NGINX

  • By using Nginx, we can host multiple web services on a single server, keeping our infrastructure costs lower.
  • Nginx maintains our HTTPS connections, allowing us to keep our promise to our customers that their data is safe in transit.
  • Due to Nginx's extremely low failure rate, our web addresses always return something meaningful, even when individual services go down. In sense, this means we are "always online" and allows us to maintain brand and support our customers even in the face of catastrophe.
Tyler Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

IBM API Connect

General

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

NGINX

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM API Connect
8.6
NGINX
9.4

Usability

IBM API Connect
NGINX
9.0

Support Rating

IBM API Connect
NGINX
7.8

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