API management has become crucial for businesses seeking to thrive in today’s digital environment. The primary purpose of API management is to improve communication among systems, applications, and devices. This is done by developing, publishing, and managing APIs. API management includes the entire API lifecycle, from planning and design to deployment, distribution, and monetization.
In this article, we will compare the Gartner Quadrant leaders Google Apigee and MuleSoft as API Management and Integration Platforms. We will look at valuable insights into their benefits, drawbacks, and key features.
An API management platform provides a scalable environment for developers to manage all APIs. It is a centralized integration tool that meets high performance and security standards. Such platforms are popular for their monitoring capabilities, version control, and features that adapt the company’s technology to customer expectations.
Companies across industries utilize APIs in many business operations. However, the process of rebuilding them from scratch requires a lot of resources. This is especially the case when you are managing API integrations across systems.
API management enables:
- the integration assets reuse
- accelerates deployment and time-to-market
- reduces development costs while maintaining security.
Consolidating APIs on a centralized platform drastically improves documentation and code sharing. It also facilitates APIs creation and publishing. Such API configuration enables different types of authentication, including API keys, OAuth, and certificates.
MuleSoft is a widely recognized software development company that is part of the Salesforce family. It provides various tools and integration platforms, such as Mule ESB and MuleSoft Anypoint. MuleSoft is famous for its capacity to integrate applications, data, and APIs in a single platform. Since its launch in 2006, MuleSoft has grown to offer an environment that enhances seamless API-led connectivity and customer experience.
MuleSoft provides a flexible and scalable architecture for integrations using the API-led Connectivity approach. Its out-of-the-box connectors are easy to configure for different systems. Scalefocus’ MuleSoft implementation and consultancy services have helped our partners increase productivity while significantly decreasing operational costs.
MuleSoft’s Universal API Management solution includes comprehensive tools for managing, securing, and monitoring APIs. These include Mule Gateway, Flex Gateway, and Anypoint Service Mesh’s runtime features.
The MuleSoft Anypoint Platform is the next step in Universal API management. It adds full lifecycle management capabilities to APIs that can be created and deployed in various architectural environments and settings.
The APIs can be Mule or non-Mule APIs located anywhere, including on-premise and cloud-based. This innovation combines new and old products that coexist in a unified control center.
The unified control plane provides full visibility, flexible management, and consistent governance regardless of API size, programming language, or cloud environment. MuleSoft’s API manager eliminates limitations in managing APIs by providing a scalable and versatile solution.
MuleSoft API manager offers several key features:
- Anypoint API Governance: ensures consistent API quality and security
- Anypoint Flex Gateway: for API access management
- Anypoint API Catalog CLI: for API discovery, building and catalogue
- Anypoint API Experience Hub: for API Ecosystems engagement and creation (this functionality is soon to be released)
- API analytics: for monitoring API usage, load, transaction logs, historical data, and other metrics
MuleSoft has multiple support tiers, and users can choose between different subscription plans according to their business needs. MuleSoft provides all the necessary API documentation and tutorials for developers. Scalability and high availability are also among its benefits, as is the client SDK for auto-generating client-side code that Apigee is missing.
Apigee is Google Cloud’s native API design, deployment, and management platform. Since acquiring Apigee in 2010, Google Cloud has further developed Apigee and its Apigee Edge API solution. Users can now choose between cloud-based and on-premises hosting without being strictly limited to Google Cloud.
The platform’s high-performing API proxies enable the creation of reliable backend interfaces. Apigee’s powerful API Management capabilities, seamless API lifecycle management, and compelling design and development tools accelerate all processes.
Apigee’s features guarantee secure access to services, traffic control, and analytics to gain API insight. Not unlike MuleSoft, API discoverability through a developer portal is crucial. It allows API developers to find and access documentation, monitor updates, and expose and advertise APIs.
Apigee’s consistency of API management and policy execution throughout the API lifespan ensures smooth operation in case of backend changes. It also facilitates API usage monetization and revenue generation. Apigee’s benefits include high-quality load balancing and easy-to-implement API proxy options. It provides extensive documentation and knowledge base to assist users in API set-up and management.
Apigee’s manager offers several key features:
- API Lifecycle Management: for smooth management from inception to deprecation
- API Gateway: for creating, securing, and monitoring APIs running on Google Cloud. It provides scalability and high-performance
- Edge API Analytics: for collection and visualization of data that flows through API proxies
- Monetization of APIs: the feature enables providers to add a rate plan and bill developers for using their APIs.
While both platforms have similar API management features, Apigee APIs prioritize consumption, whereas MuleSoft APIs focus on exposure. Compared to Apigee, MuleSoft API Manager cover a more extensive scope and costs less.
Go with MuleSoft if you need:
- Streamlined processes to establish a CI/CD environment.
- Reusable assets that accelerate the development process and facilitate API and integration development.
- Connectors for different platforms like AWS, Salesforce, Facebook, or SAP and business process management software to facilitate integration with other systems.
- API mediation functionalities for message transformation, protocol conversion, and service call formatting.
- Developer portal for improved connector functionality.
- Prebuilt API specifications and mappings based on business functions and industry verticals.
- Full lifecycle API management and iPaaS.
- Client SDK to auto-generate client-side code whereas Apigee does not provide such capabilities.
Companies can purchase API Management or Integration capabilities separately or combine them to leverage the full platform potential.
Consider Apigee if you need to unlock your legacy application using APIs to enable data exchange across your apps and services ecosystem. Its benefits include more flexible pricing, and better support for single sign-on using SAML 2.0
Apigee is very suitable for teams that work with GraphQL, OAS 2.0, and OAS 3.0. It is an excellent option for customizing a portal’s look and feel and utilizing SCSS style sheets and personalized branding. You can also use ML to gain actionable insights that will help you scale your needs.
As true API management leaders, MuleSoft and Apigee have multiple benefits that distinguish them from the competition. MuleSoft’s advanced API integration and connectivity are peerless. On the other hand, Apigee is well-known for its API management consistency and security features.
Even though both MuleSoft and Apigee cover most of the API management features, MuleSoft has a broader scope and slightly lower price. Its AWS-based Control plane contains a Design Center, Management Center, and Exchange tools to unify the API management process. This way, all the APIs, apps, and assets coexist in a single control center. This brings visibility, flexibility, and consistency that impact business outcomes immensely.
MuleSoft API management and integrations are Scalefocus’ forte, our track record speaks for itself. You can find details about our team’s formidable expertise on our dedicated MuleSoft page.
For further insight, check out our Mulesoft case study describing one of the successful projects that saw us help a gigantic certification organization increase efficiency and productivity by 30% and reboot their entire system. Enjoy the read!