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Alternatives to Kong

Apigee, Istio, Zuul, linkerd, and Jersey are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Kong.
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What is Kong and what are its top alternatives?

Kong is a scalable, open source API Layer (also known as an API Gateway, or API Middleware). Kong controls layer 4 and 7 traffic and is extended through Plugins, which provide extra functionality and services beyond the core platform.
Kong is a tool in the Microservices Tools category of a tech stack.
Kong is an open source tool with 30.7K GitHub stars and 4K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Kong's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Kong

  • Apigee

    Apigee

    API management, design, analytics, and security are at the heart of modern digital architecture. The Apigee intelligent API platform is a complete solution for moving business to the digital world. ...

  • Istio

    Istio

    Istio is an open platform for providing a uniform way to integrate microservices, manage traffic flow across microservices, enforce policies and aggregate telemetry data. Istio's control plane provides an abstraction layer over the underlying cluster management platform, such as Kubernetes, Mesos, etc. ...

  • Zuul

    Zuul

    It is the front door for all requests from devices and websites to the backend of the Netflix streaming application. As an edge service application, It is built to enable dynamic routing, monitoring, resiliency, and security. Routing is an integral part of a microservice architecture. ...

  • linkerd

    linkerd

    linkerd is an out-of-process network stack for microservices. It functions as a transparent RPC proxy, handling everything needed to make inter-service RPC safe and sane--including load-balancing, service discovery, instrumentation, and routing. ...

  • Jersey

    Jersey

    It is open source, production quality, framework for developing RESTful Web Services in Java that provides support for JAX-RS APIs and serves as a JAX-RS (JSR 311 & JSR 339) Reference Implementation. It provides it’s own API that extend the JAX-RS toolkit with additional features and utilities to further simplify RESTful service and client development. ...

  • Azure Service Fabric

    Azure Service Fabric

    Azure Service Fabric is a distributed systems platform that makes it easy to package, deploy, and manage scalable and reliable microservices. Service Fabric addresses the significant challenges in developing and managing cloud apps. ...

  • Netflix OSS

    Netflix OSS

    It provides tools and services to get the most out of your (big) data. It also provides runtime containers, libraries and services that power microservices. ...

  • Express Gateway

    Express Gateway

    A cloud-native microservices gateway completely configurable and extensible through JavaScript/Node.js built for ALL platforms and languages. Enterprise features are FREE thanks to the power of 3K+ ExpressJS battle hardened modules. ...

Kong alternatives & related posts

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Apigee

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Intelligent and complete API platform
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PROS OF APIGEE
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    Highly scalable and secure API Management Platform
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    Quick jumpstart
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    Good documentation
  • 3
    Fast and adjustable caching
  • 3
    Easy to use
CONS OF APIGEE
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    Expensive

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Amazon API Gateway vs Apigee. How do they compare as an API Gateway? What is the equivalent functionality, similarities, and differences moving from Apigee API GW to AWS API GW?

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Istio

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Open platform to connect, manage, and secure microservices, by Google, IBM, and Lyft
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PROS OF ISTIO
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    Zero code for logging and monitoring
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    Service Mesh
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    Great flexibility
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    Ingress controller
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    Resiliency
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    Easy integration with Kubernetes and Docker
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    Full Security
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    Powerful authorization mechanisms
CONS OF ISTIO
  • 11
    Performance

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Anas MOKDAD
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Zuul

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An edge service that provides dynamic routing, monitoring, resiliency, security, and more
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PROS OF ZUUL
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    Load blancing
CONS OF ZUUL
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    linkerd

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    PROS OF LINKERD
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      CNCF Project
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      Fast Integration
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      Pre-check permissions
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      Light Weight
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      Service Mesh
    CONS OF LINKERD
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      Jersey

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      A REST framework that provides a JAX-RS implementation
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      PROS OF JERSEY
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        Lightweight
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        Fast Performance With Microservices
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        Java standard
      CONS OF JERSEY
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        Azure Service Fabric

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        Distributed systems platform that simplifies build, package, deploy, and management of scalable microservices apps
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        PROS OF AZURE SERVICE FABRIC
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          Intelligent, fast, reliable
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          Open source
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          Superior programming models
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          More reliable than Kubernetes
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          Runs most of Azure core services
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          Reliability
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          Quickest recovery and healing in the world
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          Deploy anywhere
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          Is data storage technology
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          Battle hardened in Azure > 10 Years
        CONS OF AZURE SERVICE FABRIC
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          Netflix OSS

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          PROS OF NETFLIX OSS
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              Express Gateway

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              An open source API gateway for microservices built on Express.js
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              PROS OF EXPRESS GATEWAY
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                Microservices, Body manipulation
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                Amazing api gwy. Easy and powerful configuration
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                Custom Plugins
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                Development workflow integration
              CONS OF EXPRESS GATEWAY
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                Al Tsang
                Problem/Challenge

                We needed a lightweight and completely customizable #microservices #gateway to be able to generate #JWT and introspect #OAuth2 tokens as well. The #gateway was going to front all #APIs for our single page web app as well as externalized #APIs for our partners.

                Contenders

                We looked at Tyk Cloud and Kong. Kong's plugins are all Lua based and its core is NGINX and OpenResty. Although it's open source, it's not the greatest platform to be able to customize. On top of that enterprise features are paid and expensive. Tyk is Go and the nomenclature used within Tyk like "sessions" was bizarre, and again enterprise features were paid.

                Decision

                We ultimately decided to roll our own using ExpressJS into Express Gateway because the use case for using ExpressJS as an #API #gateway was tried and true, in fact - all the enterprise features that the other two charge for #OAuth2 introspection etc were freely available within ExpressJS middleware.

                Outcome

                We opened source Express Gateway with a core set of plugins and the community started writing their own and could quickly do so by rolling lots of ExpressJS middleware into Express Gateway

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