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KrakenD 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

  • Kong and KrakenD both offer generally great performance. However, the different databases supported by KrakenD make for better multi-region performance.

🤔 Strongly consider KrakenD over Kong if

  • You want traffic management features like traffic prioritization and quota management. 
  • You’re focused on having better API composition for aggregating results from multiple backend services.

🤔 Strongly consider Kong over KrakenD if

  • You need to have better access control features like domain access policies and role-based access controls (RBAC).
  • You want best-in-class support for API protocols like Swagger, RAML, gRPC and AsyncAPI.
  • You want protocol conversion. 

đź“ť Other Notes

  • KrakenD is stateless whereas Kong is stateful. So with KrakenD, there’s no need to store the configuration in a database or node.
  • Kong has better support for OAuth and OpenID in comparison to KrakenD.

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"Gotchas"

  • The nodes in Kong require coordination and synchronization.

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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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