14 Dec, 2021 | 3 min read

KuppingerCole API Management and Security Leadership Compass Names WSO2 an Overall Leader

  • Nuwan Dias
  • VP and Deputy CTO - WSO2

In the KuppingerCole API Management and Security Leadership Compass 2021, Lead Analyst and CTO Alexei Balaganksi states, “Our general recommendation for customers remains the same: both API management and API security should not be considered as standalone, isolated components of your IT infrastructures. On the contrary, choosing the right product should be a part of a comprehensive strategy that covers such aspects as application development and operations, data protection, and regulatory compliance.”

To help enterprises evaluate their own strategies and technology decisions, we are making a reprint of the API Management and Security Leadership Compass report, which was published by KuppingerCole Analysts on August 13, 2021, available here.

The report examines the integral role that solutions for managing and protecting APIs play in today’s enterprise application strategies. It then evaluates 19 leading vendors in the API management and API security markets. This analysis led KuppingerCole to name WSO2 an overall leader, innovation leader, product leader, and market leader.

Evaluating WSO2’s Capabilities

In its evaluation, the API Management and Security Leadership Compass 2021 awarded WSO2 API Manager the highest ranking, “strong positive,” in four of five categories: security, functionality, interoperability, and usability, as well as a “positive” rating for deployment. 

Additionally, WSO2’s leadership in three categories: product, innovation, and market resulted in the company being named an overall leader in the report. Product leaders are vendors with high functional capabilities for their solutions. Innovation leaders adopt a customer-centric approach and deliver features customers demand and other cutting-edge features, while ensuring older versions of their technology are compatible. Market leaders are vendors with significant global reach, possess sizable deployments and services, include partners of various sizes across the world, and are in strong financial health.

Strengths cited by KuppingerCole in evaluating WSO2 included:

  • Built on an integrated open-source platform for business-centric solutions
  • Now incorporates additional enterprise integration capabilities
  • Cloud-native support to expose microservices as managed APIs
  • AI-powered abnormal activity detection
  • Low-code cloud-native development platform with API marketplace

Balangaski notes in the report that WSO2 “offers a powerful platform that can cater to the modern business requirements in today's API management arena including cloud-native API management, extended security for APIs, containerized API management deployments, exposing microservices as well-managed APIs and scalable deployment patterns.” Additionally, he states, ”The flexibility and open-source nature of the platform enable different customizations to address most complex deployment scenarios.”

Securely Managing Enterprises’ Critical APIs

WSO2 API Manager is a complete platform for building, integrating, and exposing an enterprise's digital services as managed APIs in the cloud, on-premises, and hybrid architectures. The product delivers a seamless, end-to-end API management experience to address all the requirements of API creators, product managers, and consumers. Businesses and government organizations worldwide trust WSO2 API Manager to expose more than 200,000 APIs and manage 50 billion transactions each day. 

Choreo, WSO2’s next-generation integration platform as a service (iPaaS), gives organizations a single, all-inclusive platform for creating integrations, services and APIs; managing APIs; and deploying services and APIs—going from ideas to production in hours. The product is currently in public beta. 

WSO2 API Manager is available as an open-source product released under the Apache License 2.0. The product is backed by WSO2 Subscription, which features access to WSO2 Update for continuous delivery of bug fixes, security updates, and performance enhancements, along with WSO2 Support for 24x7 support. 

You can learn more about WSO2 API Manager, Choreo, and our comprehensive approach to API management and security by contacting our team here.