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Kong review by Administrator in Marketing and Advertising
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"API Gateway for Lua Developers"

What do you like best?

Kong is wonderful if you enjoy Lua with Openresty and look to have an sll-in-one solution for API implementation and management. Lua is not as popular as it should be, but Openresty has proven performance and a strong community. For developers using either (likely both) technology, Kong is exciting and fun to implement.

Documentation is also spectacular. Many of the tools within their ecosystem is open source, and usage is free for smaller use cases. They are one of the biggest sponsors of Openresty, so the developer community is pretty active as well.

What do you dislike?

While Kong is great for implementation of API's, a more manual implementation using serverless is usually the path most devs go for. Kong's use case is a bit too specific to bring over most modern microservice devs to the table. This really limits Kong to just large enterprise contracts which likely do not have as large of a consumer base due to the usage of Lua.

Recommendations to others considering the product

serverless will be easier to hire developers for if you are looking for long-term implementations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I found Kong looking for active products implementing Openresty. I assume 90% of kong's customers also do the same.

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Kong review by Harmohan P.
Harmohan P.
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"Best API Management Solution"

What do you like best?

API management, with REST interface. Plugin oriented architecture means it is easily extensible. Huge support from open source community.

What do you dislike?

Have not encountered any problems yet with offering. If anything Kong is updated at very fast pace and that requires constantly trying to keep up with new release, If Kong Nodes are properly setup on docker containers behind Load Balancer like F5 then it becomes easy task.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Absolutely the best solution out there. Tried several other offerings like Tyk, WSO, IBM, SAP API Management, API umbrella, AWS, Fusio, Apigee, ApiAxle etc before picking Kong

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

API Management. Logging, Analytics, Monitoring and Alerts. Supports several Authentication protocols. Plugin architecture means easily extensible and several options for any tasks for example for logging, you can use loggly/Galileo/Httpd(Elastic search)/Statsd(Graphite-Grafana)/Syslog etc. Huge support from open source community.

What API Management solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Kong review by Nazar H.
Nazar H.
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"Kong - API Gateway"

What do you like best?

1. Plugin based Architecture help to extend faster

2. Build on top of Nginx prove it to be satble in production

3. Lua Scripting Language make it easy to understand write code for Kong

4. Quick support community on Slack

What do you dislike?

1. Lack of a Official UI or Administration Panel

2. Lack of built-in analytics at small scale

3. Lack of policies structure to be applied to multiple consumers

4. Non Cassandra DB support

Recommendations to others considering the product

Must consider evaluating its available UIs or admin interfaces before going live. Since in live environment, you can't actually go to your notes and look for curl commands.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed to publish our REST APIs to our partners and later utilize same APIs to be consumed for our mobile products. So we need to implant an API gateway which helps us to stream line our APIs development to deployment process.

With kong we can avoid writing lot of similar code on each API, like rate limiting and logging.

Kong review by Yoanis G.
Yoanis G.
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"Excellent OpenSource API Gateway"

What do you like best?

The project is very well documented. I like the fact that Mashape released the API as an Open Source product some other could benefit from it. It's also a very valuable addition to the API ecosystem.

What do you dislike?

Kong lacks a User Interface which I think might speed up the process of getting familiar with Kong. It will makes sense far more intuitive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You should consider evaluating other API Gateway solutions (like Tyk) before moving ahead with Kong. Also keep in mind that should you ever need to develop a plugin of your own, it needs to be implemented in LUA.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were looking for an API Gateway solution which provided:

- Flexibility (we have more than two sources of users)

- Performance

Kong review by John Y.
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"Mashape's Kong API cloud support is great."

What do you like best?

I love the versatility of Kong. It pretty much will run on any platform and the price point from my understanding isn't that much as well. Great for all types of businesses.

What do you dislike?

It is good for small APIs but the moment I tried to connect to a big one, it immediately started blocking.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It manages multiple APIs at a very efficient way. I like the userface.

Kong review by Michael P.
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"Simple and Powerful"

What do you like best?

First of all it is easy to setup and start playing with. It is super important for microservices to have full control and it is easily deployable.

What do you dislike?

actually there is nothing that i can not already implement with kong, i just wish it was easier to implement plugins based on more popular languages like python, ruby or even javascript.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

i can easily add an extra layer of permissions and even more on top of my API

Kong review by User in Internet
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"Evaluated Kong for API management for microservices"

What do you like best?

Open source nature.

Plugin approach and available built in plugins that cover the most of the basic necessities.

Great community support. Questng are being answered.

Easily extensible using more plugins.

What do you dislike?

Need Better built-in metrics plugin.

Can use only Cassandra as backend.

No built-in UI for non-programmers to access admin UI - For onboarding clients, APIs etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Design your micoroservices framework with Kong in mind right from the beginning.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Implement security, throttling etc for our Microservices suite.

Realized benefits in terms of onboarding initial set of clients with MVP feature set.

Kong review by Subhendu G.
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"Api Abstraction to the best"

What do you like best?

No worries about implementation, Takes very little time to setup and get things running. I was using way2sms api to send sms for my project work. I used their python library which was great

What do you dislike?

I was a bit doubtful about the auth system. which involved sending the sms text, and login credentials as url parameter in the GET request.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I used a very small portion of serrvice that kong provides and i was pretty happy :)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was trying to implement phone verification using sms

Kong review by Arnab K.
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"A tool for the future"

What do you like best?

It’s very easily and readily accessible and can access it

What do you dislike?

The interface still can be quite daunting for a novice user

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I’m solving data visualization tools

Kong review by Administrator in Computer Software
Administrator in Computer Software
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"It looks like it can be useful, but not necessarily for my use case."

What do you like best?

The documentation is well-organized. Getting things running in Docker as a test was very easy. It has many potentially useful features.

What do you dislike?

I understand Mashape had Cassandra running already, but it's a ridiculous requirement for a configuration store.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We switched to Nginx.

Kong review by User in Food & Beverages
User in Food & Beverages
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"Simple an easy "

What do you like best?

Easy to use interface with tools to help manage all inventory.

What do you dislike?

Some errors and kinks need to be worked out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tracking is easy but can be tricky

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