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Score 9.2 out of 100
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Score 7.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Application Servers

    7.9

    NGINX

    79%

    WSO2 API Manager

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    NGINX ranks higher in 6/6 features

    IDE support

    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Security management

    8.0
    80%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Administration and management

    6.3
    63%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Application server performance

    9.0
    90%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Installation

    7.3
    73%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Open-source standards compliance

    8.5
    85%
    2 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    API Management

    NGINX

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    5.1

    WSO2 API Manager

    51%
    WSO2 API Manager ranks higher in 7/7 features

    API access control

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings

    Rate limits and usage policies

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings

    API usage data

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    1.0
    10%
    2 Ratings

    API user onboarding

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.0
    40%
    2 Ratings

    API versioning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    2 Ratings

    Usage billing and payments

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.0
    50%
    2 Ratings

    API monitoring and logging

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    1.0
    10%
    2 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • NGINX is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.2

    NGINX

    92%
    27 Ratings
    5.0

    WSO2 API Manager

    50%
    2 Ratings

    Usability

    9.0

    NGINX

    90%
    1 Rating

    WSO2 API Manager

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.1

    NGINX

    81%
    8 Ratings

    WSO2 API Manager

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    NGINX

    [NGINX] is very well suited for high performance. I have seen it used on servers with 1k current connections with no issues. Despite seeing it used in many environments I've never seen software developers use it over apache, express, IIS in local dev environments so it may be more difficult to setup. I've also seen it used to load balance again without issues.
    Josh Stapp | TrustRadius Reviewer

    WSO2 API Manager

    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?
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    NGINX

    • Very low memory usage. Can handle many more connections than alternatives (like Apache HTTPD) due to low overhead. (event-based architecture).
    • Great at serving static content.
    • Scales very well. Easy to host multiple Nginx servers to promote high availability.
    • Open-Source (no cost)!
    Gabriel Samaroo | TrustRadius Reviewer

    WSO2 API Manager

    • Nice API store-front capability
    • Management of users and permissions
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    NGINX

    • Customer support can be strangely condescending, perhaps it's a language issue?
    • I find it a little weird how the release versions used for Nginx+ aren't the same as for open source version. It can be very confusing to determine the cross-compatibility of modules, etc., because of this.
    • It seems like some (most?) modules on their own site are ancient and no longer supported, so their documentation in this area needs work.
    • It's difficult to navigate between nginx.com commercial site and customer support. They need to be integrated together.
    • I'd love to see more work done on nginx+ monitoring without requiring logging every request. I understand that many statistics can only be derived from logs, but plenty should work without that. Logging is not an option in many environments.
    L Matthew Blancett | TrustRadius Reviewer

    WSO2 API Manager

    • Installation of this product is a hell. You need to be an expert to get this running together with WSO2 Analytics. It uses a really confusing method of "port + 1" to connect extra products. I guess this was meant to provide a handy way to add new WSO2 products. In reality you'll need to scroll through numerous config files to set this straight. If you use this out of the box, everything will work all right. But the moment you add SSL certificates, DNS names and you'll need special ports to configure your firewall, this product becomes unmaintainable.
    • The "Store" provides a nice way to group API's. However, the "Publisher" does not... if you have more than 30 API's searching for API's becomes really annoying.
    • The number of configs in this product is huge. As a developer myself, I've never seen (and definitely never created) a product that needed that much config files. Installation and maintenance of products should be stupidly simple, since no developer nor infrastructure person wants to learn something that "just" needs to be a tool.. opposed to being a whole new area of expertise. After using WSO2 API Manager for a while, we wanted to change the admin password... this should be simple enough, like just change the password in "Carbon." But nope. The whole WSO2 environment crashed. We just gave up. Too dangerous.
    • Why so many different "products"? Publisher, Store, Carbon, and numerous hidden interfaces. Analytics, ESB whatever... No wonder there are so many config files and port issues. Make it simple!!!
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    NGINX

    General

    Free Trial
    Yes
    Free/Freemium Version
    Yes
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Yes
    Entry-level set up fee?
    Optional

    Starting Price

    WSO2 API Manager

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Usability

    NGINX

    NGINX 9.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Front end proxy and reverse proxy of Nginx is always useful. I always prefer to Nginx in overall usability when you have application server and database or multiple application servers and single database i.e. clustered application. Nginx provides really good features and flexibility which helps the system administrator in case of troubleshooting and also from the administration perspective. Also, Nginx doesn't delay any request because of internal performance issues.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    WSO2 API Manager

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    NGINX

    NGINX 8.1
    Based on 8 answers
    Community support is great, and they've also had a presence at conferences. Overall, there is no shortage of documentation and community support. We're currently using it to serve up some WordPress sites, and configuring NGINX for this purpose is well documented.
    John Reeve | TrustRadius Reviewer

    WSO2 API Manager

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    NGINX

    We have used Traffic, Apache, Google Cloud Load Balancing and other managed cloud-based load balancers. When it comes to scale and customization nothing beats Nginx. We selected Nginx over the others because
    • we have a large number of services and we can manage a single Nginx instance for all of them
    • we have high impact services and Nginx never breaks a sweat under load
    • individual services have special considerations and Nginx lets us configure each one uniquely
    Tyler Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

    WSO2 API Manager

    IBM API Manager is a better enterprise wide tool.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    NGINX

    • Nginx has decreased the burden of web server administration and maintenance, and we are spending less time on server issues than when we were using Apache.
    • Nginx has allowed more people in our company to get involved with configuring things on the web server, so there's no longer a single point of failure ("the Apache guy").
    • Nginx has given us the ability to handle a larger number of requests without scaling up in hardware quite so quickly.
    Ben McClure | TrustRadius Reviewer

    WSO2 API Manager

    • 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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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