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Likelihood to Recommend

IBM API Management

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.
Brent Heezen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

The answer depends upon the kind of [use case]. If the use-case is simply around the need of IaaS then Azure is not the right choice. However, if the use-cases are around BOT services, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Machine Learning[,] and Business Analytics then Azure is the first choice. Also[,] kind of eco-system the enterprise [has] on the premise to run their daily operations have the highest bearing to choose for the cloud partner.
Apurv Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

API Management

IBM API Management
8.0
Microsoft Azure
API access control
IBM API Management
8.0
Microsoft Azure
Rate limits and usage policies
IBM API Management
9.0
Microsoft Azure
API usage data
IBM API Management
9.0
Microsoft Azure
API user onboarding
IBM API Management
7.0
Microsoft Azure
API versioning
IBM API Management
7.0
Microsoft Azure
API monitoring and logging
IBM API Management
8.0
Microsoft Azure

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

IBM API Management
Microsoft Azure
6.7
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
IBM API Management
Microsoft Azure
7.7
Dynamic scaling
IBM API Management
Microsoft Azure
5.9
Elastic load balancing
IBM API Management
Microsoft Azure
6.5
Pre-configured templates
IBM API Management
Microsoft Azure
6.8
Monitoring tools
IBM API Management
Microsoft Azure
6.4
Pre-defined machine images
IBM API Management
Microsoft Azure
5.6
Operating system support
IBM API Management
Microsoft Azure
7.5
Security controls
IBM API Management
Microsoft Azure
7.9
Automation
IBM API Management
Microsoft Azure
5.9

Pros

IBM API Management

  • 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.
Brent Heezen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

  • Azure Functions is the easiest serverless service to work with in my experience. Easy to ship Node.js functions without bundling dependencies.
  • Proactive and responsive support. We've worked with most other cloud providers - Amazon, Google, Oracle. Amazon Web Services' customer support is a black hole and their documentation is worthless. Google and Oracle are better, but Azure's support is responsive and their docs are pretty good.
  • Azure's Web UI is pretty easy to work with
Valeri Karpov | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

IBM API Management

  • 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.
Brent Heezen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

  • Could be easier to setup redundancy
  • Feels as if there are too many options, bells, and whistles you could add.
  • Microsoft Azure functions does not have a "Configure Services" method. Programming Azure functions has a slightly different programming model than does a "normal" API application. I would prefer that the startup process be identical.
João Almeida | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

IBM API Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 10.0
Based on 15 answers
Moving to Azure was and still is an organizational strategy and not simply changing vendors. Our product roadmap revolved around Azure as we are in the business of humanitarian relief and Azure and Microsoft play an important part in quickly and efficiently serving all of the world. Migration and investment in Azure should be considered as an overall strategy of an organization and communicated companywide.
Amir Tabei | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

IBM API Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 8.4
Based on 29 answers
Microsoft Azure's overall usability has been better than expected. Often times vendors promise the world, only to leave you with a run-down town. Not the case with our experience. From an implementation perspective, all went perfect, and from the user-facing experience we have had no technical issues, just some learning curve issues that are more about "why" than "how"
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

IBM API Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 6.8
Based on 2 answers
It has proven to be unreliable in our production environment and services become unavailable without proper notification to system administrators
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

IBM API Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 8.4
Based on 34 answers
Support is easy with all the knowledge base articles available for free on the web. Plus, if you have a preferred status you can leverage their concierge support to get rapid response. Sometimes they’ll bounce you around a lot to get you to the right person, but they are quite responsive (especially when you are paying for the service). Many of the older Microsoft skills are also transferable from old-school on-prem to Azure-based virtual interfaces.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

IBM API Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 8.0
Based on 2 answers
As I have mentioned before the issue with my Oracle Mismatch Version issues that have put a delay on moving one of my platforms will justify my 7 rating.
Amir Tabei | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

IBM API Management

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.
Brent Heezen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

As I continue to evaluate the "big three" cloud providers for our clients, I make the following distinctions, though this gap continues to close. AWS is more granular, and inherently powerful in the configuration options compared to [Microsoft] Azure. It is a "developer" platform for cloud. However, Azure PowerShell is helping close this gap. Google Cloud is the leading containerization platform, largely thanks to it building kubernetes from the ground up. Azure containerization is getting better at having the same storage/deployment options.
Sean Patterson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

IBM API Management

  • 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.
Brent Heezen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

  • It has taken a few years of planning and growth (which continue), but we've been able to successfully budget and plan for ever increased capacity by starting first with some Virtual Machines and factoring in on-prem maintenance vs cloud constant improvements. VM (server, compute, networking) costs even out quickly over time and will show savings very soon.
  • Because of Azure Application Gateways (which cost very little to set up and maintain), we were able to build a state of the art single-sign-on hub for all of our users and other enterprise platforms (mostly non-Microsoft and non Azure systems), reducing the amount of time to switch among these for workers and increasing overall productivity.
  • With Azure Active Directory, we do not need to maintain separate identity systems and can more easily integrate our organizations credentials into authorization for access to other systems.
Matt Varney | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

IBM API Management

General

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

Microsoft Azure

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM API Management
8.0
Microsoft Azure
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

IBM API Management
Microsoft Azure
10.0

Usability

IBM API Management
Microsoft Azure
8.4

Reliability and Availability

IBM API Management
Microsoft Azure
6.8

Support Rating

IBM API Management
Microsoft Azure
8.4

Implementation Rating

IBM API Management
Microsoft Azure
8.0

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