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10 Best API Management Tools To Connect Data And Applications Across The Cloud

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Here’s is our list of the 10 best API management tools to manage your APIs for all types of use and safely integrate data and applications across the cloud.

1. 3scale



3scale is the API infrastructure to build on now, and for the future. It makes it easy to manage your APIs for internal or external users. Share, secure, distribute.

Control who gets access to your APIs. Implement your corporate business, usage, and governance policies from a simple console.

Review: Capterra

Overall: Supports Improved Swagger 2.0 with ActiveDocs Offering is a killer. I can manage API traffic, routing all API traffic to me and allowing me to deploy to open source gateways, cloud services or via a Content Delivery Network (CDN). I like the options exist for users of NGINX and Varnish gateways as well as through an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) in the AWS Marketplace.

Pros: Supports Improved Swagger 2.0

Cons: Not able to intergrate with EPIC yet

2. DreamFactory


Generate secure and documented MS SQL Server APIs alongside hundreds of other data sources, including 20+ other database vendors.

DreamFactory instantly creates a secure, standardized, reusable, fully documented, and live REST API.

DreamFactory is scalable and stateless. With unlimited access to connections on all versions, and the ability to create unlimited services and perform unlimited API calls, DreamFactory won’t punish your business for growth.

Review: Software Advice

Great platform, well done!

Overall a great product that will assist you to speed up your development process!


Great Security and very complete and user friendly documentation. Example apps get your going quick!


I cant think of anything not to like. In the beginning it might be a little overwhelming, but once you have read the documentation and looked at the samples apps, you on your way.

3. Kong

Kong software

Build apps faster with a full-stack platform that seamlessly delivers API management, Ingress, and Service Mesh. Multi-clouds and Kubernetes native.

Kong Konnect is an end-to-end service connectivity platform designed to accelerate L4-L7 innovation for the modern connected business.

Review: G2

What do you like best?

The security, confidence and practicality that Kong gives me when managing my APIs in a simple and efficient way is a great point in its favor that this application has, its interface has a fairly intuitive design which allows me to navigate through everything the system without major problem, and the fact that it is also a responsive application is of great help to me to access the information from my mobile phone without major problems, the main dashboard shows me in a fairly summarized way all the data I need to perform my activities in a much simpler and more efficient way, in terms of performance the application is quite good, its customer service team provides a fairly complete service and in a fairly fast way, solving in a short period of time any possible error that could be presented.

What do you dislike?

Being objective, there is nothing I can complain about Kong, it seems to me that everything works perfectly and without any inconvenience, now, what one I would suggest is that they change the interface design for one a little more modern, which I think could add more functionality to the entire application.

4. KrakenD


KrakenD is a stateless, distributed, high-performance API Gateway that helps you effortlessly adopt microservices.

KrakenD is more than a typical proxy that forwards clients to backend services, but a powerful engine that can transform, aggregate or remove data from your own or third-party services. KrakenD also implements the Backend for Frontend and Micro-frontends patterns to eliminate the necessity of dealing with multiple REST services, isolating clients from the micro-service implementation details.

Review: SaaSworthy

KrakenD is a high-performance open-source API gateway that provides a single interface. Its stateless design provides genuine linear scalability. Also, it is a single API that reduces the fuss of dealing with different microservices. By merging microservices, it delivers a better user response and improves response time. Also, developers can save time as multiple calls can be combined into one, responses can be shrunk, and data can be transformed and transported securely.

5. MuleSoft Anypoint Platform


MuleSoft enables developers to search, discover, amend, develop, and deploy APIs. Having reusable assets and getting the benefits of those assets across the enterprise allows us to develop faster and cheaper, and at scale.

Use Mule, a lightweight, scalable runtime engine for APIs, integrations, and microservices. Deploy anywhere with our hybrid integration platform — on-premises, on the cloud, or both.

Review: G2

What do you like best?

Mulesoft has almost all enterprise connector available out of the box for Enterprise Integration for Salesforce, ServiceNow, SAP etc. Mulesoft is Java based, so it is quite simple to implement and create customized components. It seriously reduces the Speed to the market because for it simply make enterprise integration a cakewalk. Mulesoft anypoint platform is shining start in API economy as it provides intuitive and well integrated Design, Develope, Test , Deploy and Manage support.

Very good documentation available for product. Mulesoft has many active forums/community where member always ready to help.

What do you dislike?

Enterprise Edition is bit expensive, support cost is bit high but quality is good.

6. Tyk


Tyk API management offers a secure API gateway for your API and microservices. All code can be easily vetted, audited and security tested.

  • Every data source, system, and API in your business – connected, available, measurable. From enterprise-level global APIs to cloud-native GraphQL integrations, with one API management solution to manage it all.
  • Truly flexible with a fully Open Source codebase, Tyk really has no limits. Write in any language, connect to code old and new and customise as much as you want – all powered by a simple yet powerful dev portal.
  • See everything clearly, and control it all effortlessly. Tyk’s intuitively designed dashboards let you govern, document, analyse and manage all your APIs in a single place.

Review: Gartner

We have migrated to Tyk from another product and we are very happy with our choice. It doesn’t claim to be an enterprise service bus or anything the like, it has one job and it does it well. Tyk is easy to use, install and maintain, yet extensible enough via custom plugins.

7. Apigee


With Apigee hybrid, you have the power to choose where to host your APIs—on-premises, Google Cloud, or hybrid. You manage and control the runtime, enabling you to position the gateways closer to your API traffic and leverage your existing compliance, governance, and security infrastructure, while harnessing cloud capabilities such as analytics, monitoring, and developer portal.

  • Add multiple layers to API security such as Cloud Armor, CMEK, IAM and other cloud security capabilities. Leverage the flexibility to store data in the region of choice for data sovereignty.
  • Turn your API data into actionable insights. Predict API traffic patterns, detect anomalies in real time, and protect APIs against malicious bot attacks.
  • Expand the global reach of your API programs by hosting across our worldwide cloud network. Optimize for last-mile performance and caching with Cloud CDN.

Review: Gartner

Overall Comment:”Our experience with apigee has been overall positive over the tenure of our relationship. We have found them to be responsive to our needs when making business as well as architecture decisions and willing to provide the right types and levels of guidance when needed. Our account team has achieved the right balance of attentiveness for our org, allowing the right level of focus and engagement.

8. Software AG

Software AG

Past success doesn’t guarantee your future. That’s because market conditions and rules of the games are changing, fundamentally and fast. If competitive pressure has you asking, “How can I differentiate?” then it’s time to evaluate and quantify your investments in process management.

Review: G2

What do you like best?

Complex SOA are simplified using IS, TN, BPM, UM, BPM, CAF and MWS. Using wM on Azure cloud in Docker Microservice – Linux platform. We heavily depend on webMethods for all the integration activities.

Most helpful is the flow we can define in IS. Also with MWS we can monitor all the transactions, user access, TN assets etc. The internal clustering option for each components are also very useful.

Error capturing is also easy.

They also have a strong KEDB for known errors and product usage documentation.

BPM is very good for monitoring the business process.

What do you dislike?

Broker replacement UM is very complicated to understand. Monitoring is not easy for documents flowing in UM. Also setting up the UM Docker container was a challenge.

Another part that needs some improvement is CAF.

9. WSO2


Deploy in the cloud, in your private data centers, or anywhere in between while cataloging your services in a single location to make it easy for your developers to find what they need to efficiently build their applications.

Build APIs from existing services, manage APIs from internally built applications and from third-party providers, and monitor their usage and performance from inception to retirement.

Provide real-time access to API usage and performance statistics to decision-makers to optimize your developer support, continuously improve your services, and drive further adoption to reach your business goals.

The integration runtime supports creating composite microservices, service, and API hosting needs, message routing, transformation, message mediation, service orchestration, as well as consuming and processing streaming data.

Review: G2

What do you like best?

Nice API store-front capability,Management of users and permissions, security, leaning curve ease to use , User authentication an easy to integrate with other software ,stable and support is also decent and API creation facility is also there as a whole whatever is expected from API manger WSO2 has provided more than that and it’s security system is so tight that it can be used for any banking system where user authentication,management and security management is the first fundamental thing.

What do you dislike?

Better QA testing prior to releases rollout is missing,Better support is needed.Apart from that nothing special cons we have encountered and we are using this for long time and it has served our purpose pretty well and as it’s stable so we have not encountered any such problem as such.

10. SnapLogic


API (Application Programming Interface) is a set of programming tools used by developers to integrate functionality offered by third parties. Using an API will let developers build software more quickly, with a richer set of features and less need for ongoing maintenance. Most APIs are available via the cloud, further reducing the effort and cost of software development and seamlessly connect data, applications, and machines. In other words, the API gives a foundational set of tools that streamline development of software, ensure data and application connectivity across an organization, and extend the connectivity with partners and customers.

Review: G2

What do you like best?

It is a powerful tool that allows you to connect data in different infrastructures Cloud, on-premises, REST API etc. it is awesome since most of my integration that I’m using API’s, the security is vital to protect sensitive data, the best thing is that it will enable you to execute data in a scheduled way, Report Automation

It is very friendly for beginners and intuitive, is easy pipeline with simple drag and drop snaps to do the transforming, If you are not familiar with the snapp Logic there is a lot of official documentation on how to start.

What do you dislike?

I have been experimenting issues integraring postgrest database the data must be veary clean o pipeline break, will be nice if the snap Logic had a controler version or itegrations with GIt Lab.

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