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Score 8 out of 10
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We are using IBM API Connect across our organization--by multiple teams--as an enterprise platform. IBM API Connect helps us with services/API discovery using the developer portal console. It is used to expose enterprise APIs to third-party vendors and manage their access. We also use it within organization to discover and re-use/share services with other departments.
  • Great and unmatched consumer management features in developer portal; support for setting up consumer teams with multiple developers.
  • Out-of-box support for multiple authentication security mechanisms for API, like OAUTH, MTLS, JWK, etc.
  • Extensive workflow and lifecycle approval customization were best among peers.
  • DataPower, as runtime engine is very robust and high performing.
  • Improve product documentation.
  • Should improve implementation support for enterprise use cases--like support for private cluster implementation.
  • More stable and slow releases for enterprise. Need to have easier migration and upgrade options--especially for customers using old versions like v5.
IBM API Connect is well suited for on-premises installation. We also have flexible cloud-hosted plans managed by IBM Cloud. Flexible options for API Security, consumer organization, easier UI-based API development options, and great workflow for product lifecycle management are unparalleled and would be a great fit for any organization.
Score 9 out of 10
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IBM API Connect is being used by a few departments. Since we run our backend services in IBM Cloud, we choose IBM API Connect as the API gateway solution. It provides the routing rules, security, and rate limits before the calls can reach our backend services. We also use its analytics feature to get more insights.
  • Enhanced security with client id and client secret features.
  • Easy to deploy API changes through automation.
  • Good UI to manage APIs.
  • Sometimes we see issues after deploying API changes, re-deployment can solve it.
  • A bit hard to troubleshoot issues if the calls do not reach our backend services.
From our experience so far, API Connect is very stable and scalable. It can handle our peak traffic without any issues. It is well suited as an API platform that requires API versioning, rate limiting, authentication, security, automation, analytics, etc. It has both cloud and non-cloud products with different features. You can use it with non-IBM Cloud services.
Score 9 out of 10
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IBM API connect is the main API gateway we are using cross the entire company. As part of our new cloud architecture, API gateway plays a vital role in the whole micro service architecture. IBM API connect serves as the API gateway that faithfully directs all the traffic from within our company and outside.
  • Extremely reliable
  • Supports swagger
  • Easy to manage
  • Can be a learning curve for beginners
  • API management configuration tool can be simplified more
  • UI can be improved more
We are using micro service architecture where each function is carried by a RESTful API. We deploy the backend to the cloud and got endpoint of the backend. We do not want to open the endpoint to the public and that is where API gateway comes to play. IBM API gateway is a great choice for that part.
Rahul Malik | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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IBM API Connect provides a unified platform to house all of our company's APIs. The beauty of this tool is that we are able to access and manage all our APIs from a single place and not have to install additional softwares like API Manager or Apigee etc. We are to make full use of this product to expose our older services as well in addition to the new ones being developed through API and having IBM WebSphere DataPower to serve as the Gateway which is already an established market leader in terms of security, speed and handling massive volumes without breaking a sweat. The wizard to create new API is very simple and straightforward. Once that is done, we can publish the new API created to all the concerned parties. Its integration with the cloud is seamless and very beneficial if you know how to leverage is properly.
  • The best part is that it is a one-stop solution for hosting all the APIs and keep on increasing as the new ones are added. It has been the leader in our Digital transformation and the features of security, interoperability and accommodating all types of clients based on various technologies has been the greatest asset for us.
  • The creation of new API is fairly simple and doesn't require much [of a] learning curve. Once you have created the new API, you can publish it as well to the specific audience and they can try to interact with that API with the required security parameters to get to the actual service back-end.
  • The installation is quite straightforward and the product is ready to go. The deployment of the artefacts from environment to the other or code promotion is relatively simple as compared to other older products.
  • The Gateway used here is IBM Datapower which is one of the most secure, reliable, highly available, fast and can integrate with almost any front-end or back-end.
  • The first thing challenge we faced with the product was that if you deploying it to a third party cloud, that was very challenging and we need IBM team help at every step of the way and as well all know IBM support doesn't come cheap. A reason for that is that there isn't enough documentation done on the subject from IBM side.
  • The upgrade process is not that seamless and involves a lot of hassles.
  • You really need to have our requirements sorted out clearly because it is not very easy to customize the UI according to your needs, So you need to involve IBM from the start and give them clear requirements and then work with them to achieve it.
IBM API Connect is a perfect fit if you want to digitize and expose all your new plus old legacy services in a unified manner through the API mechanism. If your company has many different applications of different nature and working, then it works like a charm because you can separate them based on the URI which you assign to them. Another great advantage is of the Datapower gateway because you can integrate that with all most any system seamlessly and that too with the highest security protocol and volume without any issues. Another advantage is the whitelisting of the IPs which you need to do only once and after that, you can call many services from the same front-end or back-end because the IP remains the same, only the URI part varies. It is not particularly useful in a situation where you only have a handful of services and you only make changes in those and not developing new services or adding new clients.
September 18, 2018

API Connect

Abhijeet Davane | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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API connect is used as a BaaS platform where we have hosted banking API’s for our customers & partners to subscribe. The Portal provided as a base product is used for showcasing our API products, plan and allow customers / partners to subscribe them. Datapower is used as a gateway for all external communication right now. We are now looking to use it for internal communication too
  • API Connect as a platform is very advanced and allow you to create APIs, and host them on the portal seamlessly
  • Datapower is a very powerful gateway which takes care of all the infosec. Very stable product
  • The release management is also super easy, and graduating code from Dev to test and then to prod is well versioned
  • Currently they use 2 portals one for Test and one for Prod. They should merge them now
  • We wanted some relation between SSL & the application / organisation created in API connect. I believe it’s now part of API connect V6
IBM API connect has made good progress over the last 3 years; it has a strong support team and now trained resources are available. Don’t think there is any drawbacks as of now

IBM API Connect Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

API Management (7)
API access control (5)
Rate limits and usage policies (5)
API usage data (5)
API user onboarding (5)
API versioning (5)
Usage billing and payments (5)
API monitoring and logging (5)

What is IBM API Connect?

IBM API Connect enables automated API creation, simple discovery of assets, self-service access for developers, and built-in security and governance.

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What is IBM API Connect's best feature?

Reviewers rate Rate limits and usage policies highest, with a score of 9.6.

Who uses IBM API Connect?

The most common users of IBM API Connect are from Enterprises and the Computer Software industry.