Gloo Edge vs. Kong Comparison

Which is the best API Gateway provider for you?

November 17, 2022

Written by
Louis-Victor Jadavji, Cofounder of Taloflow

Who should you choose and why?

✋ Most important consideration

  • Gloo has much better support for service mesh architectures, but Kong isn’t bad relative to others in the API Gateway space.

🤔 Strongly consider Gloo Edge over Kong if

  • You’re building a service mesh architecture to manage North-South and East-West traffic.
  • You need to leverage the API cache to reduce the number of calls made to your backend APIs.
  • You want better GraphQL support.

🤔 Strongly consider Kong over Gloo Edge if

  • You require better access control features.
  • API versioning, policy versioning, API composition, and aggregating results from multiple services, are all important features for you.
  • You want better features for testing, managing, and organizing your tests and reports.

📝 Other Notes

  • Gloo Edge does not have a free trial.
  • Gloo is an Envoy proxy-based gateway, but Kong also recently introduced support for Envoy.

Gloo Edge

Gloo Edge, an Envoy-based API Gateway and ingress controller, excels in managing and securing application traffic at the network edge. It is particularly suitable for environments involving multi-cloud, hybrid applications, and intricate architectures. By efficiently directing and securing traffic at the edge of the network, Gloo Edge can significantly enhance the overall efficiency, performance, and security of applications. This makes it an excellent choice for organizations with advanced networking needs.

Kong Gateway

Kong’s API Gateway delivers high performance while providing a level of deployment flexibility that is much appreciated by software engineers. The service is built on NGINX Open Source and maintains a relatively small footprint. However, it is essential to note that this solution requires the use of Lua scripts and external databases to handle gateway configurations and API policies. Despite these requirements, Kong’s API Gateway's high performance and flexibility make it an attractive solution in the realm of API management.

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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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