IBM DataPower Gateway vs. WSO2 API Manager

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
IBM DataPower Gateway
Score 8.0 out of 10
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The IBM DataPower Gateway is a security and integration platform.N/A
WSO2 API Manager
Score 9.4 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
WSO2 API Manager makes it possible for developers to both develop and manage APIs of different types. Unlike solutions which focus only on managing API proxies, WSO2 API Manager provides tools to develop APIs by integrating different systems as well. It supports a variety of API types from REST, SOAP, GraphQL, WebSockets, WebHooks, SSEs and gRPC APIs with specialized policies and governance for each different type. Being fully open source, its architecture and extensibility…
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Features
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API Management
Comparison of API Management features of Product A and Product B
IBM DataPower Gateway
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WSO2 API Manager
8.8
4 Ratings
6% above category average
API access control00 Ratings9.54 Ratings
Rate limits and usage policies00 Ratings9.54 Ratings
API usage data00 Ratings8.04 Ratings
API user onboarding00 Ratings8.04 Ratings
API versioning00 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Usage billing and payments00 Ratings9.04 Ratings
API monitoring and logging00 Ratings8.54 Ratings
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User Ratings
IBM DataPower GatewayWSO2 API Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
8.2
(2 ratings)
9.5
(4 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.0
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User Testimonials
IBM DataPower GatewayWSO2 API Manager
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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Likelihood to Renew
IBM
Cost of the appliance
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WSO2
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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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