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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 8.7 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    API Management

    IBM DataPower Gateway

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    WSO2 API Manager

    83%
    WSO2 API Manager ranks higher in 7/7 features

    API access control

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    4 Ratings

    Rate limits and usage policies

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    4 Ratings

    API usage data

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.1
    71%
    4 Ratings

    API user onboarding

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.5
    75%
    4 Ratings

    API versioning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    4 Ratings

    Usage billing and payments

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    4 Ratings

    API monitoring and logging

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.6
    76%
    4 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • WSO2 API Manager is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.2

    IBM DataPower Gateway

    82%
    2 Ratings
    8.9

    WSO2 API Manager

    89%
    4 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    7.0

    IBM DataPower Gateway

    70%
    1 Rating

    WSO2 API Manager

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    IBM

    WebSphere DataPower Gateway is really beneficial if you are trying to integrate two or more systems. It provides you with comfort and peace of mind by creating a DMZ zone for the services which are going out of the intranet to hit external clients APIs. It is greatly recommended if you have a very high volume service or API which is being used by a majority of clients because it has a dedicated physical box present which takes care of memory, CPU and all such stuff. So, all your transactions happen at wire-speed.
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    WSO2

    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?
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    Pros

    IBM

    • The most obvious thing that DataPower does exceptionally well is security. All the built-in supported security capabilities allow us to isolate most security tasks to DataPower and as a result "protect" down steam services/systems to have to deal with security.
    • DataPower is very good at protocol conversion and as it is usually used on the edge allows you to narrow down the protocols used between the companies public and private networks.
    • The appliance concept makes maintenance, recovery and, management so much simpler.
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    WSO2

    • Authentication based on OAuth 2.0 and HTTP Basic Authentication.
    • Rate Limiting applied at different levels like Subscriber, API, Resource and Backend.
    • Monitoring by exporting the metrics in Prometheus and traces in Jaeger.
    • Mediation to perform transformation, orchestration etc.
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    Cons

    IBM

    • The old interface is being really missed by our team as the new WebUI interface is not that intuitive or easy to work with. It takes a lot of time to load. There should be an inbuilt wizard for creating a Rest service as well like there is for an XML based service.
    • IBM support is very knowledgeable but it's not that easy to reach them. They don't release the fix patches very soon which also becomes a big issue in certain situations where critical projects are involved.
    • Lastly, DataPower has its steep learning curve and it requires time and effort on your end to gain full control and make the most of the advanced features which it offers. Finding the right resource in the market is not that easy.
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    WSO2

    • Better QA testing prior to releases rollout
    • Better support needed
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    Pricing Details

    IBM DataPower Gateway

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    IBM DataPower Gateway 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

      WSO2 API Manager

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      WSO2 API Manager 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

        Likelihood to Renew

        IBM

        Cost of the appliance
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        WSO2

        No answers on this topic

        Alternatives Considered

        IBM

        No answers on this topic

        WSO2

        Providing better capabilities comparing the overall API lifecycle management, especially the availability of API Integration layer and a strong identity layer of their own which provides an end-to-end API ecosystem that would be advantageous in terms of a large software development initiative.
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        Return on Investment

        IBM

        • It has really taken our business to the next level. We have expanded and integrated with so many new vendors and for all those integrations DataPower is serving as our security gateway.
        • We don't have to depend on any other tool for doing the load balancing of the incoming requests as that is also taken care inside the WebSphere DataPower Gateway box itself, thereby distributing the load equally.
        • It has made our platform much more secure, uniform and robust to deal with any kind of incoming message format or threat as well due to its latest security mechanisms and huge processing power.
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        WSO2

        • 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.
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