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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

WSO2 API Manager

It's free! No argument can win a fight with that! And it's the only reason I gave it a 5. If you have no money to spend, and a simple environment you'll have a nice product. But free does come with a price. After 5 years we're still struggling with ports, and analytics (it just won't work without any errors caused by some configuration somewhere). An API Manager should work out of the box. The only configuration expertise that any developer wants to invest in, is the configuration of API's. Not the product itself... Anyone who've seen the training material, just for installing this thing will agree that this is not the way to go. Of all the API Managers out there (we've tried 4), WSO2 is the only one were you need to know how this dragon of a java application works internally. Did I already mention the humongous amount of config files?
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

API Management

IBM API Connect
9.0
WSO2 API Manager
5.1
API access control
IBM API Connect
9.3
WSO2 API Manager
8.0
Rate limits and usage policies
IBM API Connect
9.6
WSO2 API Manager
8.0
API usage data
IBM API Connect
8.7
WSO2 API Manager
1.0
API user onboarding
IBM API Connect
9.0
WSO2 API Manager
4.0
API versioning
IBM API Connect
9.3
WSO2 API Manager
9.0
Usage billing and payments
IBM API Connect
8.3
WSO2 API Manager
5.0
API monitoring and logging
IBM API Connect
9.0
WSO2 API Manager
1.0

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

WSO2 API Manager

  • Nice API store-front capability
  • Management of users and permissions
Anonymous | 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

WSO2 API Manager

  • Installation of this product is a hell. You need to be an expert to get this running together with WSO2 Analytics. It uses a really confusing method of "port + 1" to connect extra products. I guess this was meant to provide a handy way to add new WSO2 products. In reality you'll need to scroll through numerous config files to set this straight. If you use this out of the box, everything will work all right. But the moment you add SSL certificates, DNS names and you'll need special ports to configure your firewall, this product becomes unmaintainable.
  • The "Store" provides a nice way to group API's. However, the "Publisher" does not... if you have more than 30 API's searching for API's becomes really annoying.
  • The number of configs in this product is huge. As a developer myself, I've never seen (and definitely never created) a product that needed that much config files. Installation and maintenance of products should be stupidly simple, since no developer nor infrastructure person wants to learn something that "just" needs to be a tool.. opposed to being a whole new area of expertise. After using WSO2 API Manager for a while, we wanted to change the admin password... this should be simple enough, like just change the password in "Carbon." But nope. The whole WSO2 environment crashed. We just gave up. Too dangerous.
  • Why so many different "products"? Publisher, Store, Carbon, and numerous hidden interfaces. Analytics, ESB whatever... No wonder there are so many config files and port issues. Make it simple!!!
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

WSO2 API Manager

IBM API Manager is a better enterprise wide tool.
Anonymous | 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

WSO2 API Manager

  • We've moved away from legacy SOAP services where nobody knew what services was used by who. WSO2 eliminated at least 90% of time spend on any service.
  • Creating API's (or actually creating the API Management layer...) is so simple that new developers can get away with it in no time. Again, real time gainer.
  • Since creating API's is so simple, developers are very fast in adopting a kind of "Domain thinking". In comparison with Azure API Manager: Azure does not demand knowledge of "how" the product works, but it's definitely more difficult to get an API up and running in Azure. And for some reason, azure does not promote clean domain driven architecture. Domain Driven architecture is the greatest time saver strategy possible. And WSO2 fits nicely in there.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

IBM API Connect

General

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

WSO2 API Manager

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM API Connect
8.6
WSO2 API Manager
5.0

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