Apigee vs. AWS API Gateway Comparison

Which is the best API Management provider for you?

April 16, 2023

Written by
Louis-Victor Jadavji, Cofounder of Taloflow

Who should you choose and why?

âś‹ Most important consideration

  • Amazon API Gateway is best for routing traffic to other services on the AWS platform, whereas Apigee API Management is a full-blown API management solution for all stages of the API lifecycle.

🤔 Strongly consider Apigee over AWS API Gateway if

  • You need a developer portal for customizing your APIs and an API catalog.
  • You want strong support for publishing APIs to external and internal consumers as well as partners.

🤔 Strongly consider AWS API Gateway over Apigee if

  • You strongly need an API gateway for your backend AWS services.
  • You require support for various protocols HTTP, HTTPS, TCP, and WebSockets.
  • You need better security features for access control and attack protection.

đź“ť Other Notes

  • Amazon API gateway has very limited features for API publication, and API productization, and lacks basic API management capabilities. After all, it’s not an API management solution. It’s a great API gateway though!
  • You need to integrate Amazon CloudWatch to get monitoring and analytics for the API activity. Apigee API Management has all the features for monitoring, reporting, and analytics built inside the platform.

Apigee API Management

Apigee, integrated within the Google Cloud ecosystem, enables organizations to design, secure, and scale APIs effectively. It offers a comprehensive API Management solution that includes two types of gateways - one that is based on NGINX and the other reliant on Envoy. Its industry-specific accelerators are valuable for organizations seeking targeted solutions. Apigee also prides itself on its transparent and straightforward pricing model, aiding businesses in their budgeting process and making it a popular choice for organizations of varying sizes.

Amazon API Gateway

Amazon API Gateway is a fully-managed service, which forms the public-facing part of Amazon’s serverless infrastructure in collaboration with AWS Lambda. While AWS Lambda is responsible for executing the code, the API Gateway exposes those endpoints to the necessary services, thereby providing an effective and efficient interface between Amazon's serverless infrastructure and the end-users. This symbiotic relationship between AWS Lambda and API Gateway enables Amazon to deliver a robust, efficient, and scalable API management solution.

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About the Author

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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