IBM API Management vs. Mashery (now part of Boomi)

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
Mashery (now part of Boomi)
Score 5.0 out of 10
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Mashery, for a time sold as TIBCO Cloud API Management, was an API management solution whose former capabilities have been added to Boomi's enterprise platform.N/A
Pricing
IBM API ManagementMashery (now part of Boomi)
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
IBM API ManagementMashery (now part of Boomi)
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
IBM API ManagementMashery (now part of Boomi)
API Management
Comparison of API Management features of Product A and Product B
IBM API Management
8.0
1 Ratings
4% below category average
Mashery (now part of Boomi)
6.9
23 Ratings
19% below category average
API access control8.01 Ratings8.423 Ratings
Rate limits and usage policies9.01 Ratings7.723 Ratings
API usage data9.01 Ratings7.223 Ratings
API user onboarding7.01 Ratings7.522 Ratings
API versioning7.01 Ratings7.019 Ratings
API monitoring and logging8.01 Ratings6.522 Ratings
Usage billing and payments00 Ratings4.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
IBM API ManagementMashery (now part of Boomi)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(1 ratings)
7.6
(23 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
IBM API ManagementMashery (now part of Boomi)
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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Mashery is great when it comes to deployment to your own datacenter and when it comes to managing third party API's like Salesforce using Mashery Cloud version. I would be a little bit more careful when deploying it on Kubernetes as it was not designed for it. New version 5 is re-architected to run more on natively on Kubernetes, but we have not tested it yet.
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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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  • Easy integration of the TIBCO Cloud Mashery developer portal allows simple onboarding and user and application management.
  • Configuration of TIBCO Cloud Mashery is both flexible and focused to address the main tasks for an API Management solution.
  • The built-in OAuth Token capabilities provide a quick start to properly manage application access.
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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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  • The "Control Center" admin dashboard is not performant. We have a lot of configuration data in Mashery (many endpoints, many plans, many users, many keys, etc.) and the website struggles with the volume of data it has to deal with.
  • Their systems have limitations that make it more difficult for us to operate the way we would like. For example, there is a limit to the number of API Definitions we can create, as well as a limit to the number of Endpoints we can define in a Plan.
  • Their support organization leaves a lot to be desired. Responses are slow, and when they do come they are often inadequate. We have to re-phrase the question to get them to answer it differently, or we have to repeatedly follow up to ask for additional clarifying information.
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Likelihood to Renew
IBM
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Discontinued Products
Ease of use.
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Usability
IBM
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Discontinued Products
i find some of the package adding and key are complex . UI experience is bad . Every step need front and backward navigation too much. It would be better if endpoint itself contain package and key addiction option
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Support Rating
IBM
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Discontinued Products
Support has been good overall.
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Implementation Rating
IBM
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Discontinued Products
Initially it was difficult to understand . after few day , it was easy
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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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Discontinued Products
I've really only looked at Mashery since it has been around a very long time and has a rich feature set. I do know our platform teams are looking into AWS gateway but not sure this product has everything we need.
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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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  • As a API Mediation layer it has helped with the troublesome port setup with internal and external clients. Meaning it made that easy to the client that they know where to go for access to an API.
  • The interactive documentation is very well put together and has reduced the time that developers have to go back and forth with each other to figure how to call the API.
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