AWS API Gateway is a solid solution to orchestrate your web services.
March 09, 2021

AWS API Gateway is a solid solution to orchestrate your web services.

Ramindu Deshapriya | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Amazon API Gateway

Our organization uses Amazon API Gateway to orchestrate and consolidate web service APIs across projects. It is a useful multi-purpose tool, and we use it to integrate authentication to our APIs, build out consolidated responses from different API endpoints, and to provide a single point of access to multiple web service APIs developed using a myriad of different technologies and programming languages. It also provides a great way to document and integrate web services via Swagger integrations.
  • Service orchestration
  • Response transformations
  • Authentication and Authorization
  • Request throttling
  • Integration with multiple types of web services
  • Ease of configuration
  • Easier integration with different AWS network schemes
  • Development time for API applications has been reduced by 15%
  • Issues related to auth reduced by 50%
  • Velocity of integrating heterogenous API applications has increased by 30-40%
Our primary architecture is AWS, so we selected [Amazon] API Gateway as our gateway solution. While Apigee and SwaggerHub provide great solutions for service orchestration, [Amazon] API Gateway provided the best integrations with our web services which were mostly running within AWS behind AWS load balancers. [Amazon] API Gateway could also act as a trigger for a set of AWS Lambda functions that we were using for small task APIs.

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If you are using AWS as your primary infrastructure provider, [Amazon] API Gateway is the best gateway option for you to integrate and expose web service applications. It integrates well with security controls provided by AWS such as VPC limits and security groups. Furthermore, it is very easy to use Amazon API Gateway to provide an out-of-the-box auth solution by integrating AWS Cognito. We were able to get authentication and authorization integrated very quickly in to a large number of APIs under the same product umbrella by utilizing API Gateway's integration with Cognito.
[Amazon] API Gateway is not the best solution if you're trying to build a microservices architecture, as it's service registration methodology is still quite clunky. For microservices, you'd be better off utilizing tools built specifically for that purpose.

Amazon API Gateway Feature Ratings

API access control
Rate limits and usage policies
API usage data
API user onboarding
API versioning
Usage billing and payments
API monitoring and logging