AWS API Gateway vs. Kong Comparison

Which is the best API gateway for you?
Written by
Louis-Victor Jadavji, Cofounder of Taloflow

Who should you choose and why?

âś‹ Most important consideration

  • Amazon API Gateway is much better suited for working with other AWS services in its ecosystem.

🤔 Strongly consider AWS API Gateway over Kong if

  • You want to use identity management and authorization services.
  • You’d like out-of-the-box support for Open Banking or FHIR (used in healthcare).
  • You’re focussed on better quota management.

🤔 Strongly consider Kong over AWS API Gateway if

  • You’d like advanced role-based access control (RBAC) features.
  • You want to secure your SOAP-based web services with WS-security.
  • You’d like control over API composition and want to aggregate results from multiple services.
  • Protocol conversion is important to you.

đź“ť Other Notes

  • Amazon API Gateway isn’t as user-friendly and has fewer integrations.
  • Kong has better support for RAML.
  • Kong does not provide a comprehensive set of DevOps tools for the integration. 

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  • Amazon API Gateway does not support out-of-the-box statistics for the runtime operations of the API.

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About the Author

Louis-Victor Jadavji

Louis-Victor Jadavji (or "LV") is a recognized leader in the cloud services industry. He's helped 50+ digital native companies like ModusBox, Later, and NS1 choose the right cloud stack for their applications. His work has been featured in Forbes (30 Under 30 All-Star), HuffPost, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, and Inc. Magazine.

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