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Kong vs Zuul: 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.

What is Zuul? An edge service that provides dynamic routing, monitoring, resiliency, security, and more. 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.

Kong and Zuul can be categorized as "Microservices" tools.

Kong is an open source tool with 22.9K GitHub stars and 2.83K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Kong's open source repository on GitHub.

Checkr, Policygenius, and Decision6 are some of the popular companies that use Kong, whereas Zuul is used by PeopleKeep, Monkey Exchange, and Wealth Systems. Kong has a broader approval, being mentioned in 73 company stacks & 112 developers stacks; compared to Zuul, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 8 developer stacks.

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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.

What is 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.
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          What are some alternatives to Kong and Zuul?
          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.
          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鈥檚 own API that extend the JAX-RS toolkit with additional features and utilities to further simplify RESTful service and client development.
          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.
          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.
          seneca
          Seneca is a toolkit for organizing the business logic of your app. You can break down your app into "stuff that happens", rather than focusing on data models or managing dependencies.
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          Decisions about Kong and Zuul
          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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          Al Tsang
          Al Tsang
          CEO at LunchBadger | 4 upvotes 31.2K views
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          Express Gateway
          Express Gateway
          ExpressJS
          ExpressJS
          Kong
          Kong
          Tyk Cloud
          Tyk Cloud
          #APIs
          #JWT
          #OAuth2
          #Gateway
          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 Kong and Zuul
          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 Kong and Zuul
          Avatar of Vincent Vermersch
          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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          PeopleKeep uses ZuulZuul

          API Gateway

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          Datacoon uses KongKong

          Easy to use

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