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An open-source centralized API management tool
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Kong is an open source API management software that will help you create new business scopes, new revenue streams and generate traffic by expanding partner network. If you run an enormous number of APIs and need dedicated 24/7 support, then this software is apt for you.The software is embedded in Nginx and it provides a powerful proxying performance.The tool has boosted the API gateway with necessary functionalities for multiple uses.The software plugin system is open and it is possible to write your own custom plugins.Its high customization feature will give you complete control over the architecture.It is easy to scale and offers high integration.

Kong Features

Kong Technical details

Support Business Hours Online Customer Type Large Enterprises Medium Business Small Business
API Contact San Francisco, California
Deployment SaaS/Web/Cloud Category API Management Software

Kong Pricing

Pricing ModelFree Trial , Freemium , Open-source , Subscription
Kong Community Edition
Free

The blazingly fast open source microservice API gateway

Kong API Gateway

  • API and Microservices Gateway
  • Open-Source Plugins
  • Load Balancing
  • Service Discovery
  • Health Checks
  • Community Support
Kong Enterprise Edition
Custom

The microservice API platform for large organizations.

Features are

1. Kong API Gateway

  • API and Microservices Gateway
  • Open-Source Plugins
  • Load Balancing
  • Service Discovery
  • Health Checks
  • Community Support

2. Kong Admin GUI

  • Powerful One-Click Operations
  • Manage Kong Cluster
  • Manage Kong Plugins
  • Manage APIs
  • Manage Consumers

3. Kong Security

  • Admin RBAC
  • Open ID Connect
  • Oauth 2.0 Introspection
  • Data Backup

4. Kong Developer Portal

  • Interactive API Documentation
  • Developer Management
  • Flexible Customization
  • Import API Documentation

5. Kong Vitals and Analytics

  • Real-Time Monitoring
  • Real-Time Data Visualization
  • API and Consumer Activity
  • Cache Utilization
  • Quota Metering

6. Kong Scalability

  • High Availability Rate Limiting
  • Advanced Service Routing
  • Edge Caching
  • Request Collapsing

7. Kong Customer Success

  • Professional Support 24x7x365
  • Kong Success Engineer
  • Onsite Solution Architects
  • Migration Assistance
  • Custom Plugins

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Disclaimer: The pricing details were last updated on 04/06/2018 from the vendor website and may be different from actual. Please confirm with the vendor website before purchasing.

Kong Reviews

OVERALL RATING
3.8
Based on 12 Rating(s)
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Ashish A.Source : capterra.com
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(Reviewed on 30 March 2018)
Open source API Gateway that simplifies interaction between micro-services

Pros: Kong is a scalable and open source API Layer. It runs in front of any Restful Web services. Kong is designed to make secure, reliable and modular communicate between client and micro-services. Kong works as reverse proxy of micro-services that provides Authentication, Security, traffic control, Analytics & Monitoring and Transformations of request and responses. Kong has a great technical support team that replies very quickly.

Cons: There is nothing i dislike about Kong but I think user interface to define API gateway should be there.

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Source : g2crowd.com
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(Reviewed on 04 January 2018)
"Mashape's Kong API cloud support is great."

What do you like best?

I love the versatility of Kong. It pretty much will run on any platform and the price point from my understanding isn't that much as well. Great for all types of businesses.

What do you dislike?

It is good for small APIs but the moment I tried to connect to a big one, it immediately started blocking.

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

It manages multiple APIs at a very efficient way. I like the userface.

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Source : g2crowd.com
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(Reviewed on 04 January 2018)
"Simple an easy "

What do you like best?

Easy to use interface with tools to help manage all inventory.

What do you dislike?

Some errors and kinks need to be worked out.

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

Tracking is easy but can be tricky

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Source : g2crowd.com
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(Reviewed on 21 November 2017)
"API Gateway for Lua Developers"

What do you like best?

Kong is wonderful if you enjoy Lua with Openresty and look to have an sll-in-one solution for API implementation and management. Lua is not as popular as it should be, but Openresty has proven performance and a strong community. For developers using either (likely both) technology, Kong is exciting and fun to implement.

Documentation is also spectacular. Many of the tools within their ecosystem is open source, and usage is free for smaller use cases. They are one of the biggest sponsors of Openresty, so the developer community is pretty active as well.

What do you dislike?

While Kong is great for implementation of API's, a more manual implementation using serverless is usually the path most devs go for. Kong's use case is a bit too specific to bring over most modern microservice devs to the table. This really limits Kong to just large enterprise contracts which likely do not have as large of a consumer base due to the usage of Lua.

Recommendations to others considering the product

serverless will be easier to hire developers for if you are looking for long-term implementations.

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

I found Kong looking for active products implementing Openresty. I assume 90% of kong's customers also do the same.

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Source : g2crowd.com
★★★★★
★★★★★
(Reviewed on 16 November 2017)
"A tool for the future"

What do you like best?

It’s very easily and readily accessible and can access it

What do you dislike?

The interface still can be quite daunting for a novice user

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

I’m solving data visualization tools

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Source : g2crowd.com
★★★★★
★★★★★
(Reviewed on 10 June 2017)
"Best API Management Solution"

What do you like best?

API management, with REST interface. Plugin oriented architecture means it is easily extensible. Huge support from open source community.

What do you dislike?

Have not encountered any problems yet with offering. If anything Kong is updated at very fast pace and that requires constantly trying to keep up with new release, If Kong Nodes are properly setup on docker containers behind Load Balancer like F5 then it becomes easy task.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Absolutely the best solution out there. Tried several other offerings like Tyk, WSO, IBM, SAP API Management, API umbrella, AWS, Fusio, Apigee, ApiAxle etc before picking Kong

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

API Management. Logging, Analytics, Monitoring and Alerts. Supports several Authentication protocols. Plugin architecture means easily extensible and several options for any tasks for example for logging, you can use loggly/Galileo/Httpd(Elastic search)/Statsd(Graphite-Grafana)/Syslog etc. Huge support from open source community.

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Source : g2crowd.com
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(Reviewed on 26 March 2016)
"Kong - API Gateway"

What do you like best?

1. Plugin based Architecture help to extend faster

2. Build on top of Nginx prove it to be satble in production

3. Lua Scripting Language make it easy to understand write code for Kong

4. Quick support community on Slack

What do you dislike?

1. Lack of a Official UI or Administration Panel

2. Lack of built-in analytics at small scale

3. Lack of policies structure to be applied to multiple consumers

4. Non Cassandra DB support

Recommendations to others considering the product

Must consider evaluating its available UIs or admin interfaces before going live. Since in live environment, you can't actually go to your notes and look for curl commands.

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

We needed to publish our REST APIs to our partners and later utilize same APIs to be consumed for our mobile products. So we need to implant an API gateway which helps us to stream line our APIs development to deployment process.

With kong we can avoid writing lot of similar code on each API, like rate limiting and logging.

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Source : g2crowd.com
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(Reviewed on 09 March 2016)
"It looks like it can be useful, but not necessarily for my use case."

What do you like best?

The documentation is well-organized. Getting things running in Docker as a test was very easy. It has many potentially useful features.

What do you dislike?

I understand Mashape had Cassandra running already, but it's a ridiculous requirement for a configuration store.

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

We switched to Nginx.

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Source : g2crowd.com
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(Reviewed on 05 March 2016)
"Simple and Powerful"

What do you like best?

First of all it is easy to setup and start playing with. It is super important for microservices to have full control and it is easily deployable.

What do you dislike?

actually there is nothing that i can not already implement with kong, i just wish it was easier to implement plugins based on more popular languages like python, ruby or even javascript.

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

i can easily add an extra layer of permissions and even more on top of my API

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Source : g2crowd.com
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(Reviewed on 04 March 2016)
"Excellent OpenSource API Gateway"

What do you like best?

The project is very well documented. I like the fact that Mashape released the API as an Open Source product some other could benefit from it. It's also a very valuable addition to the API ecosystem.

What do you dislike?

Kong lacks a User Interface which I think might speed up the process of getting familiar with Kong. It will makes sense far more intuitive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You should consider evaluating other API Gateway solutions (like Tyk) before moving ahead with Kong. Also keep in mind that should you ever need to develop a plugin of your own, it needs to be implemented in LUA.

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

We were looking for an API Gateway solution which provided:

- Flexibility (we have more than two sources of users)

- Performance

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