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API Umbrella vs Kong: What are the differences?

Developers describe API Umbrella as "Open source API management platform used by api.data.gov". API Umbrella is a proxy that sits in front of your APIs It can seamlessly add common functionality like api keys, rate limiting, and analytics to any API.. On the other hand, Kong is detailed as "Open Source Microservice & API Management Layer". 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.

API Umbrella can be classified as a tool in the "API Tools" category, while Kong is grouped under "Microservices Tools".

API Umbrella and Kong are both open source tools. Kong with 22.4K GitHub stars and 2.75K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than API Umbrella with 1.32K GitHub stars and 244 GitHub forks.

What is API Umbrella?

API Umbrella is a proxy that sits in front of your APIs. It can seamlessly add common functionality like api keys, rate limiting, and analytics to any API.

What is Kong?

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.
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        What are some alternatives to API Umbrella and Kong?
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        Decisions about API Umbrella and Kong
        Kong
        Kong

        I use Kong because it reliably proxies traffic quickly with an assortment of pluggable features. The engineers behind the product are of the highest quality. The Company has cultivated the largest active open source community of any API gateway. They generally squash bugs in hours or days not weeks/months. Company engineers help community members through social avenues as well as supporting large enterprise. They heavily value their product and individuals as opposed to just solely growing enterprise license fees.

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        Tyk Cloud
        Tyk Cloud
        Kong
        Kong
        ExpressJS
        ExpressJS
        Express Gateway
        Express Gateway
        #Gateway
        #OAuth2
        #JWT
        #APIs
        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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        Reviews of API Umbrella and Kong
        Review ofKongKong

        We're a small startup in San Francisco (team of 18 people). After spending lots of time building our core technology, it was time to bring it to life and deploy with several very large customers (500+ API requests/customer/minute).

        We looked for a solid API management solution that would allow for easy authentication, quick installation and great logging features (requests and responses). After looking at various (very) expensive solutions out there, we ran into Kong.

        After testing it for a few days, we deployed quickly to production to serve the needs of our customers. 3 weeks in, our experience has been great. Highly recommended to anyone who's looking for API management solutions.

        P.s. Scored "Reliability" as "OK" for now with lack of data. Will definitely update once we've had Kong in production for a longer period of time.

        How developers use API Umbrella and Kong
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        Vincent Vermersch uses KongKong

        And if developper can also code the load balancer ? Add plugin, dynamically change backend, Kong give this versatility

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        Datacoon uses KongKong

        Easy to use

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