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IBM DataPower Gateway

IBM DataPower Gateway


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The IBM DataPower Gateway is a security and integration platform.

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The IBM DataPower Gateway is a security and integration platform.

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What is IBM DataPower Gateway?

IBM DataPower is an application gateway that helps businesses meet their security and integration needs. It provides enterprise-grade security, control and comprehensive transport and data protocol support including IBM MQ and Apache Kafka as well as traditional, business critical data formats. IBM DataPower helps businesses to secure, simplify, control, and optimize the delivery of services with a drop-in gateway that reduces development costs and business risk.

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Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
We have been working on WebSphere DataPower Gateway for quite a long time now. In our project, we mostly use it as :
1) A Security Gateway
2) Make external API calls to clients outside the Intranet
3) Transformation of the complete message (or few elements of it)
4) Conversion of one message format into another(SOAP, JSON, MQ... )
4) Orchestration of different service results in into a single result

The Edge Security provided by DataPower including different Security mechanisms like AAA, SAML, and Kerberos is invaluable to the overall architecture and integration of the platform with other internal and external clients.
  • The foremost thing that we use DataPower is for implementing top-notch level security in different projects. We use it as a security gateway when some internal client or external client wants to make a call to any of our APIs. The basic security implementation which we do for the projects is SSL which can get more and more advanced based on the requirements of the project. Some clients want to implement OAuth, some want to implement SAML, and some are happy with a 2-way SSL handshake.
  • Another big advantage of DataPower is that it supports all the major industry message formats. It especially has an inbuilt component called the Multi-Protocol Gateway which comes installed in the box itself. It's the best thing if you want to convert an XML to JSON or vice-versa. It does all those conversions at wire-speed doesn't matter the volume of those transactions. We also use it with MQ while interacting with Mainframes and legacy systems. It supports all MQ properties and gives us the flexibility to change the message as well if required.
  • We have used DataPower in integration with ServiceNow as well to raise incidents and trigger emails to respective clients by writing custom scripts which continuously runs on the DataPower logs. As soon as they see any particular error for the services which are being monitored, they send an SNMP trap to ServiceNow with the error message and an incident is raised.
  • 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.
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.
  • 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.
Amanda Erlank | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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DataPower is used on the edge as a security device. It is used across the organisation and managed by the integration competency. DataPower is used to securely allow the sharing of data with external parties including cloud systems.
  • 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.
  • The fact that once an appliance reaches end-of-life it becomes a doorstop. A company made a big investment and knowing that in 5 to 9 years you will be left with nothing makes the deal not so appealing.
On the edge this appliance is one of the best, if it's not the best. When it comes to complex any-to-any transformations and/or orchestrations there are much better tools for the job.
  • Positive is the time to market for the implementation and management of complex edge integrations.
  • Finding skilled DataPower developers has proven a bit of a challenge. Integration specialists are a special breed and DataPower specific developers even more so.
Enterprise integration competency
Good understanding of:
  • Data formats XML, JSON and CSV
  • Networking
  • Security
  • Connectivity
  • Edge security device
  • Protocol switching
  • Abstracting security away from downstream systems
  • (s)FTP client and server
  • API Management
  • Encryption and/or decryption engine
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