IBM API Management vs. Layer7 API Management

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
IBM API Management
Score 8.9 out of 10
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IBM API management enables creation and management of web application programming interfaces (API).N/A
Layer7 API Management
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management) from Broadcom company CA Technologies enables creation and management of API.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
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Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
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API Management
Comparison of API Management features of Product A and Product B
IBM API Management
8.0
1 Ratings
4% below category average
Layer7 API Management
8.6
1 Ratings
3% above category average
API access control8.01 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Rate limits and usage policies9.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
API usage data9.01 Ratings9.01 Ratings
API user onboarding7.01 Ratings7.01 Ratings
API versioning7.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
API monitoring and logging8.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Usage billing and payments00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
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Small Businesses
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Score 9.1 out of 10
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Score 9.1 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.1 out of 10
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Score 9.1 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 9.1 out of 10
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Score 9.1 out of 10
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User Ratings
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Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
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8.0
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Support Rating
-
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8.0
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User Testimonials
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Likelihood to Recommend
IBM
If you are truly using IBM API Management for an API gateway, you will be ok. if you start trying to build custom scripts to transform messages complex in nature, it will soon become unmanageable.
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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
  • Import APIs - We have an existing inventory of APIs and services, so having an easy import process was required. IBM provides the ability to import Swagger so the process was quick and easy.
  • Service Offerings - Can create plans to control various model offerings for varying clients depending on the need. You are not locked into a tier structure and can customize if a need arises.
  • API Usage - visibility into the use of an API with a wealth of reporting information allows you to support an API from a production use to trending and forecasting any future growth.
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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
  • Troubleshooting deployment pipeline - identifying issues with your api based on restrictions through a deployment pipeline is difficult. If a quality assurance environment is less stringent than a production environment, making sure your api is accessible and configured appropriately is tough.
  • Code level scripting is limited to javascript and xslt. so if any complex fanning needs to occur, you are limited in tooling.
  • Administration is more cumbersome than it needs to be. There are roles/profiles that are defined, but to use a group email for the approval or use of an api needs to managed better. A more thorough thought process needs to be defined - which I think IBM is tackling as an improvement.
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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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Usability
IBM
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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
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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
There are a lot of similarities between Apigee Edge and IBM API Management. Some of the differences at the time of this posting is... 1) IBM APIM/C integrates better with other products. Dynatrace is used to track API and service specifics with the ability to offload those statistics for operational reporting. 2) If you are evolving from DataPower, IBM API Management is a logical choice to support additional REST APIs. 3) Generating keys is simple. Integration of those keys with a secure data vault is easy as well for your consumer.
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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
  • Centralizing on an API management platform was imperative. Being able to support SOAP UIs as well as REST APIs was required. Because of the tooling, service inventory and provisioning can be managed - regardless of the pricing and cost structures are used.
  • Constructing plans that provide tiering options based on rate limits help in onboarding new consumers. The lesser cost in onboarding through an API gateway outweighs the cost of modifying/configuring an API to handle multiple clients.
  • Defining guidance and onboarding practices while rolling out the product also helps in the adoption, reference architecture, and governance that can save your company money.
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Broadcom
  • Very fast implementation and is easy to learn & use.
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