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Apigee vs. Kong Comparison

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

Who should you choose and why?

✋ Most important consideration

  • Apigee API Management is a more feature-rich platform compared to Kong Gateway if API lifecycle management is your objective. Although often compared to Apigee, Kong is really just an API gateway, and a great and inexpensive option if that’s all you need.

🤔 Strongly consider Apigee over Kong if

  • You’re looking for API lifecycle management (i.e., more than an API gateway).
  • You’d like a rich and customizable developer portal.
  • You’re monetizing your API.
  • You’d like prebuilt APIs for different industry verticals like Finance, Healthcare, etc.

🤔 Strongly consider Kong over Apigee if

  • You are building a microservices and service mesh architecture.
  • You want lots of deployment flexibility. Kong supports many deployment models.
  • You’d like to integrate with third-party tools via plugins.

📝 Other Notes

  • Kong Gateway has limited support for gRPC use cases. On the other hand, Apigee API Management has very good support for gRPC.

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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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