Sentinet

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Sentinet™: enterprise-class API Governance and Management Solution for Microsoft customers available for On-Premise and Cloud. Sentinet supports industry SOAP and REST standards as well as Microsoft specific technologies.

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Sentinet review by <span>Geir T.</span>
Geir T.
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"Great automation capabilities with Sentinet"

What do you like best?

We are very happy with Sentinet and it’s proven to be a robust application meeting the needs our business has; it’s a great governance tool and provides easy automated implementation in new environments.

Key benefits as we use them are:

- Flexible in regards of automated configuration of the services

o We continuously and automatically deploy ~1500 operations with different access control, transformations etc fully automated

- Stable and reliable (not a root cause of downtime as far as we can remember with approximately 5 years in production)

- Great capabilities regarding security, access control and monitoring

- Low overhead (latency) on services - with access control and extensive logging

- Great support from Nevatech

- Good separation between core services and logging

o Asynchronous logging of all service calls (no speed decrement for consumer while logging)

o Database can be offline without interrupting services

- Easy licensing model per server (no advanced calculations or hidden costs)

What do you dislike?

- No powershell support (we are a MS house and rely heavily on powershell for all our devops needs, and although they have different APIs that gets the job done, they really should have a powershell module)

- Admin console still using Silverlight (waiting for Sentinet 5.0 where it is removed, which will happen in this quarter)

- A bit cumbersome to automate (flexible, but somewhat cumbersome). But when set up, it’s easy to incorporate changes

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

We needed a centralized hub for securely handling all our services with access control through different authentication protocols, and a hub for logging and troubleshooting all our services. It was essential that it could be deployed to environments fully automated. Sentinet solved all of these requirements.

With fully automated configuration of all our services, we no longer have to worry about one environment being different from the others and know that production is configured identical to the test environments.

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Sentinet review by <span>Kevin W.</span>
Kevin W.
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"Sentinet + Automation = 0-touch Management"

What do you like best?

The best thing about Sentinet so far has been the company behind it. Nevatech has been very responsive to our questions, concerns, and requests for adjustments to the product.

There are a number of features of the Sentinet product that stand out. The first is how simple it is to set up and configure. There's a small learning curve to understand the terminology used in the product and relate that back to your own view of the world, but once that's achieved then everything just "makes sense" and setting up APIs to work through Sentint is a breeze.

Sentinet is itself an API-first product. So it is also easy to establish some automation in your deployment pipeline to provision new and updated API services as well as API clients (Access Rules). We have achieved a "0-touch" model where our applications are released, Sentinet is kept current, and there is no manual intervention required.

The gateway (Node) component of the Sentinet product is also designed to support High-Availability in that the gateway can be load balanced AND it will continue to function even when the backing repository or database becomes unavailable. Because of this, we have created an automated process to deploy (and upgrade) the ENTIRE Sentinet platform in a Highly-Available manner where the entire platform in production can be upgraded in <10 minutes with ZERO downtime.

Another feature of Sentinet that we have leveraged is the ability to aggregate multiple APIs into, what appears to the client, as 1 API. This enables us to separate the physical deployments of endpoints so resources like /cars, /cars/{carId}, and /cars/{carId}/tires can appear to the client as 1 cohesive API while in reality those 3 endpionts are hosted by 3 different backing services.

What do you dislike?

There are a few quirks with Sentinet that we have had to work around although none of them have been show stoppers. And, all of our major concerns have either been already addressed with a newer version or are in Nevatech's development pipeline to be addressed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

After having used Sentinet for just over a year, and having evaluated other gateway products, if your technology stack includes Microsoft and .NET, then Sentinet is a no-brainer.

If you do not leverage .NET, Sentinet may still be a great solution for you based on Nevatech's licensing model and the ability to tie into the product via it's APIs.

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

The main business problem we have set out to address is the overall management of our API portfolio.

This includes having a centralized location where APIs can be discovered & attributes about each API can be maintained, we can track the usage of all of our endpoints by the client consuming them, we have a simplified approach to debugging problems in higher environments (not everyone has to log everything), and we can centralize all the high-level logging and correlation tracking in one place (again, so we don't have to keep rewriting that logic). We have already realized these benefits using the Sentinet product.

We plan to continue leveraging more features of Sentinet to help us better govern the APIs that we manage (spike arrets, quotas, SLAs, etc.) but have not gotten to that yet.

What API Management solution do you use?

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Sentinet review by <span>Marcus A.</span>
Marcus A.
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"Easy management of our webservices"

What do you like best?

Easy to monitor webservices when needing to check the state of individual request to help our internal customers with problems with their requests.

Userfriendly interface even though its Silverlight. :)

Based on .NET and WCF, it suits our Microsoft enviroment very well.

Great at establishing better security for webservices lacking proper security on thier own.

Provides an good and update catalog of webservices

What do you dislike?

GUI based on Silverlight, but as it is to be removed in the coming 5.0 version that will no longer be a issue. :)

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

A quicker, cheaper and secure way to publish webservices to external partners.

Better understanding of how we use our webservices

Sentinet review by <span>Réjean O.</span>
Réjean O.
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"Great SOA Governance and API Management tool"

What do you like best?

I like the combination of SOA Governance and API Management in one tool.

The centralized repository gives us the capability of tracking and documenting business-critical services, APIs and all dependencies.

It is very easy to install and maintain, security is state-of-the-art. The authorization mechanisms are very sophisticated.

Nevatech’s support is fantastic with very fast turnaround times for any questions we have.

What do you dislike?

Sentinet is a well-thought through product, I cannot find anything to dislike. It is missing a API Portal for external developer access, but I hear this is already in the roadmap to be developed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need a good tool to manage your Business API, Sentinet is a most.

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

The ability to integrate with Microsoft-specific and non-Microsoft technologies and expose services utilizing these to the outside world, for mobile applications and other API consumers have shortened project life-cycles and provided us with very good solutions.

Sentinet review by <span>Linus A.</span>
Linus A.
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"Enterprise SOAP and REST services"

What do you like best?

How fast and easy it is to setup a new integration. Within a couple of minutes a new service can be published with full security, functionality and logging.

What do you dislike?

I would have liked Sentinet to be able to consume a REST service and expose a SOAP service.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easy to use, and very competent. If there is anything missing, you can build your own components and add them to Sentinet.

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

Sentinet helps us consolidate many internal services to one external platform. It handles authentication and authorization in a secure way, for all our services, out of the box.

The built in logging has given us many new ways to view and visualize our integration flows.

Sentinet is a great toolbox for efficiently creating deploying and maintaining integrations using SOAP, REST, NET.TCP

Sentinet review by <span>Marc-Olivier S.</span>
Marc-Olivier S.
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"Sentinet Review"

What do you like best?

Ease of use. Installation is well documented and straigh foward. The management interface is right on. Log interface saves us precious time in development and troubleshooting. Evolution of product delivers plenty of great features. Over and all a more then robust solution. Grade A support, response time ALLWAYS better then expected with quality troubleshooting and help with the product. A must for API management.

What do you dislike?

not much. The interface being silverlight sometimes cause glichtes with ou enterprise group policy on IE.

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

Increase time to market for solution that are integrated. Ease of developpement and debugging

Reduce downtime ou incident by troubleshooting integrated applications through sentinet logs

Sentinet review by <span>Jörgen N.</span>
Jörgen N.
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"Outstanding API Management product"

What do you like best?

I like the ability to track software assets and metrics

Without a centralized repository, it would be difficult for the us to track existing software assets and their operational metrics. This would result in a large number of business-critical services operating in an unmanaged environment with poor visibility.

Improve security, access control, and monitoring

Sentinet provides a non-intrusive solution that enables a service architecture with high security and access control. Built-in Sentinet security management features provided encryption wherever needed without incremental software costs.

Speed development and maintenance

Sentinet provides extended supported for multiple communication protocols, which extends the reach of SOA services by enterprise applications and mobile devices.

What do you dislike?

So far i don't have any dislike about Sentinet as an API Management tool. It's fits our business very well.

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

By using Sentinet our SOA architecture’s development and maintenance cycles have been lowered 5 to 10 times.

Sentinet review by Executive Sponsor in Information Technology and Services
Executive Sponsor in Information Technology and Services
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"Sentinet is a great product!"

What do you like best?

Sentinet's easy-setup saved up a lot of our time on configuring it and get it up and running. It was done as quick as in just half a day. The user interface is so intuitive that we do not need to reference to the documentation all the time. Support response is fast and can understand our issues and questions rapidly.

What do you dislike?

I was wondering why Sentinet was not on the Gartner MQ so that other users could know about its capabilities.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look at the functions that you need now, no need to chase after those features that will never use.

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

A right-sized API management tool that provides all functions we need with very simple setup and maintenance effort.

Sentinet review by <span>Fabian W.</span>
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"Excellent API Management tool"

What do you like best?

The UI is incredibly intuitive and powerful, an excellent combination when managing APIs for a large complex organization.

What do you dislike?

I look forward to future versions that get away from Microsoft Silverlight. I would also like to see more OFTB reports. Need more robust version controls and a way to include pipeline component configuration changes in version control. Need better full-text search functionality.

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

Sentinet provides one central location for API management and rapid service development and troubleshooting.

Sentinet review by <span>Tuan L.</span>
Tuan L.
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"Great API management product"

What do you like best?

It provides support for both SOAP and REST. It has an user friendly Administration portal. And most important: fast response time for our support requests.

What do you dislike?

Sentinet Administration portal requires Silverlight, but according to my contact person HTML 5 portal will be released this year . I can't wait ;-)

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

Sentinet helps Marlink to centralize all SOAP and REST API's on premise. It is convenient to secure our BizTalk web services in Sentinet. It also helps us to expose API to our customers. We can tailor and combine our API's per use case.

Sentinet review by <span>Massimo C.</span>
Massimo C.
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"On-premises API Management"

What do you like best?

It works. It's stable and reliable. The runtime monitoring is excellent!

What do you dislike?

Extensibility is based on the WCF object model which is too complex.

Recommendations to others considering the product

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

1) Enterprise catalog: promote reusability of assets and runtime governance.

Benefits: cost saving, better understanding the behavior of our APIs, deliver better service to our end customers.

2) API gateway: quickly rollout B2B interfaces, speed up the go2market, decouples API implementation from API consumers.

Sentinet review by <span>Jan B.</span>
Jan B.
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"Great platform for API management in a Microsoft environment"

What do you like best?

Management of webservices is very easy and monitoring of usage is excellent. The product has a very good user interface for the configuration of services. Authentication en authorization is flexibel and easy to configure.

What do you dislike?

The platform is not positioned as an API development and/or engagement platform and is positioned as an application gateway.

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

Integration with partners and unlocking business data for e-Business initiatives

Sentinet review by <span>Baldur K.</span>
Baldur K.
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"Excellent solution"

What do you like best?

The ability to convert between SOAP and REST

The monitoring and logging of requests and their content

The ability to be able to secure unsecured back-end services

The ease of exposing your API's via Azure Service Bus

What do you dislike?

I'm not a big fan of Silverlight.

I would like the folders to filter based on if your browsing the repository, policies, users....

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

We are centralizing our web services, adding a security layer and monitoring usage/metrics

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