Express Gateway vs Kong: What are the differences?
What is Kong? 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.
Express Gateway and Kong can be primarily classified as "Microservices" tools.
Some of the features offered by Express Gateway are:
- API Management
On the other hand, Kong provides the following key features:
- Logging: Log requests and responses to your system over TCP, UDP or to disk
- OAuth2.0: Add easily an OAuth2.0 authentication to your APIs
- Monitoring: Live monitoring provides key load and performance server metrics
"Microservices, Body manipulation" is the top reason why over 3 developers like Express Gateway, while over 28 developers mention "Easy to maintain" as the leading cause for choosing Kong.
Kong is an open source tool with 22.4K GitHub stars and 2.75K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Kong's open source repository on GitHub.
Checkr, Policygenius, and Cuemby are some of the popular companies that use Kong, whereas Express Gateway is used by Netflix, Dell, and TUI Group. Kong has a broader approval, being mentioned in 50 company stacks & 15 developers stacks; compared to Express Gateway, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.
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