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Score 8.7 out of 100
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Score 9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    API Management

    8.9

    IBM API Connect

    89%

    NGINX

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    IBM API Connect ranks higher in 7/7 features

    API access control

    9.1
    91%
    12 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Rate limits and usage policies

    9.6
    96%
    5 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    API usage data

    8.4
    84%
    12 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    API user onboarding

    8.9
    89%
    12 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    API versioning

    9.1
    91%
    12 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usage billing and payments

    8.1
    81%
    5 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    API monitoring and logging

    8.8
    88%
    12 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Application Servers

    IBM API Connect

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.6

    NGINX

    86%
    NGINX ranks higher in 6/6 features

    IDE support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    5 Ratings

    Security management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    8 Ratings

    Administration and management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    8 Ratings

    Application server performance

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2
    92%
    8 Ratings

    Installation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    8 Ratings

    Open-source standards compliance

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    7 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • NGINX is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.5

    IBM API Connect

    85%
    12 Ratings
    8.9

    NGINX

    89%
    32 Ratings

    Usability

    IBM API Connect

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    NGINX

    90%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    IBM API Connect

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1

    NGINX

    81%
    8 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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    F5

    [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.
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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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    F5

    • 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)!
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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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    F5

    • Customer support can be strangely condescending, perhaps it's a language issue?
    • I find it a little weird how the release versions used for Nginx+ aren't the same as for open source version. It can be very confusing to determine the cross-compatibility of modules, etc., because of this.
    • It seems like some (most?) modules on their own site are ancient and no longer supported, so their documentation in this area needs work.
    • It's difficult to navigate between nginx.com commercial site and customer support. They need to be integrated together.
    • I'd love to see more work done on nginx+ monitoring without requiring logging every request. I understand that many statistics can only be derived from logs, but plenty should work without that. Logging is not an option in many environments.
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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

      NGINX

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      NGINX editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        Optional

        Additional Details

        Usability

        IBM

        No answers on this topic

        F5

        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.
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        Support Rating

        IBM

        No answers on this topic

        F5

        Community support is great, and they've also had a presence at conferences. Overall, there is no shortage of documentation and community support. We're currently using it to serve up some WordPress sites, and configuring NGINX for this purpose is well documented.
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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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        F5

        We have used Traffic, Apache, Google Cloud Load Balancing and other managed cloud-based load balancers. When it comes to scale and customization nothing beats Nginx. We selected Nginx over the others because
        • we have a large number of services and we can manage a single Nginx instance for all of them
        • we have high impact services and Nginx never breaks a sweat under load
        • individual services have special considerations and Nginx lets us configure each one uniquely
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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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        F5

        • Nginx has decreased the burden of web server administration and maintenance, and we are spending less time on server issues than when we were using Apache.
        • Nginx has allowed more people in our company to get involved with configuring things on the web server, so there's no longer a single point of failure ("the Apache guy").
        • Nginx has given us the ability to handle a larger number of requests without scaling up in hardware quite so quickly.
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