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Five API management products worth noticing

With API management becoming increasingly important in the enterprise application development space, it’s not a bad idea to consider your options when it comes to a vendor. Forrester recently named their top API management vendors, and here are five that I think are interesting players in the field:

Layer 7 (CA Technologies)

A known veteran to the API scene, the Layer 7 management suite has had a head start on the competition and appears to still hold the lead after being acquired by CA Technologies. Notable aspects include its strong integration features, big data analytics capabilities, and the fact that it has top-tier support for mobile development – which can’t hurt given a wide interest among enterprises in a mobile-first approach. And it provides all this while still maintaining a mid-range price.

Akana

Formerly known as SOA Software, Akana still manages to provide strong API lifecycle management features and its ability to federate support for multiple providers of APIs. In fact, it is making a name for itself by moving into the healthcare space, with goals of increasing electronic and multi-device access to health records while at the same time complying with governmental regulations and lowering operational costs.

Forrester states that Akana is “consistently strong across all of our primary evaluation criteria.”

WS02

WS02 is an interesting provider to look at given that it is one of the few open source API management platform – and the only one to be reviewed by Forrester. This allows customers to readily extend and customize their management features to suit their business needs. While WS02 seemingly lends itself to a “do-it-yourself” approach, Chris Haddad, vice president of Technology Evangelism at WSO2, insists that the company strives to provide copious amounts of documentation to assist developers.

Forrester notes that WS02 has “among the best features for API design and creation, as well as strong transformation and integration” – while remaining one of the lowest cost products.

Mashery

The API manager Mashery has switched owners once again, being traded off from Intel to infrastructure provider Tibco. The API management offering, however, should continue to provide strong support for software as a service and data analytics, and it will be interesting to see what Tibco can do with their product line.

Mulesoft

Mulesoft continues to display “strengths in API design and integration” according to the Forrester report, offering strong testing capabilities and resources for collaborative API building. It is worth noting that Mulesoft has been named a leader across three different Gartner Magic Quadrants: On-Premises Application Integration Suites, Application Services Governance and Enterprise iPaaS. The recently released Anypoint Platform for Mobile aims to help developers quickly develop apps that need integration with backend apps, data and services.

MuleSoft founder Ross Mason aims to turn Mulesoft into the next Cisco of application networking.

Which API management platforms have caught your attention? Let us know with your comments.

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