API Management: Which solution is best?

IT Central Station users review the highest reviewed solutions in the API Management market.


Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) have become the digital connective tissue of modern organisations, adding new capabilities to everything from their operations and products to their partnership strategies. It’s no longer a stretch to say that most organisations don’t ask whether to engage in API programs, but rather how to do so. However, as API projects more complex, managing them can become increasingly difficult.

Over 388,000 professionals have used IT Central Station research to inform their purchasing decisions. Their latest paper looks at the highest rated API Management vendors, profiling each and examining what they can offer enterprise.

Here’s a breakdown of the key players currently active in the market:


Average Rating: 8.2

Top Comparison: Microsoft Azure API Management

Overview: Enables companies to secure, scale, manage, and analyse their digital business, and grow API programs to meet the increase in demand.

Amazon API Gateway

Average Rating:  8.0

Top Comparison: Microsoft Azure API Management

Overview: Fully managed service that makes it easy for developers to create, publish, maintain, monitor, and secure APIs at any scale.

IBM API Connect

Average Rating: 8.1

Top Comparison: Apigee

Overview: Gives businesses the software tools to create, manage, and share APIs in a secure, scalable environment.

IBM DataPower Gateway

Average Rating: 8.0

Top Comparison: Mule ESB

Overview: A single multi-channel gateway that helps provide security, control, integration and optimised access to a full range of mobile, web, API, service-oriented architecture (SOA), B2B and cloud workloads.

Kong Enterprise

Average Rating: 8.3

Top Comparison: WSO2 API Manager

Overview: Delivers a next generation API platform built for modern architectures. With a fast, lightweight, and flexible core, Kong delivers sub-millisecond latency across all enterprise services.

Layer7 API Management

Average Rating: 8.4

Top Comparison: Apigee

Overview: Accelerates digital transformation by providing the capabilities businesses need to bring systems together, secure integrations, and deliver better customer experiences faster.

Microsoft Azure API Management

Average Rating: 7.6

Top Comparison: Apigee

Overview: With API management, organisations can publish web services as APIs reliably, securely, and at scale.

MuleSoft Anypoint API Manager

Average Rating: 8.1

Top Comparison: Apigee

Overview: A component of Anypoint Platform for designing, building, managing, and publishing APIs.

SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite

Average Rating: 8.8

Top Comparison: IBM B2B Integrator

Overview: A unified, agile, secure, and scalable platform that solves integration challenges

across business ecosystems, so that they you can make valuable connections between clouds, applications, and people.

WSO2 API Manager

Average Rating: 8.2

Top Comparison: Kong Enterprise

Overview: An open source approach that addresses full API lifecycle management, monetisation, and policy enforcement. It allows extensibility and customisation, and ensures freedom from lock-in.

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