KuppingerCole Report
Leadership Compass
By Alexei Balaganski

API Management and Security

This Leadership Compass provides an overview of the market for API management and security solutions along with recommendations and guidance for finding the products which address your requirements most efficiently. We examine the complexity and breadth of the challenges to discover, monitor, and secure all APIs within your enterprise and identify the vendors, their products, services, and innovative approaches towards implementing consistent governance and security along the whole API lifecycle.

1 Introduction / Executive Summary

From what used to be a purely technical concept created to make developers' lives easier, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) have evolved into ...

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1.1 Highlights

  • Both API management and API security market segments continue to evolve and grow, driven by a massive increase in API adoption, as well as by an o ...

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1.2 Market Segment

We have long recognized the API Economy as one of the most important current IT trends. Rapidly growing demand for exposing and consuming APIs, which ...

It is therefore obvious that point solutions addressing specific links in this chain are not viable in the long term, and KuppingerCole's analysis is ...

Although the current state of API management and security market is radically different from the situation just a few years ago, and the overall devel ...

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1.3 Delivery Models

Since most of the solutions covered in our rating are designed to provide management and protection for APIs regardless of where they are deployed -- ...

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1.4 Required Capabilities

We are looking for solutions that cover at least several of the following key functional areas, either focusing on more traditional API management or ...

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2 Leadership

Selecting a vendor of a product or service must not only be based on the information provided in a KuppingerCole Compass. The Compass provides a compa ...

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2.1 Overall Leadership

The Overall Leadership rating provides a consolidated view of all-around functionality, market presence, and financial security. However, these vendor ...

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2.2 Product Leadership

The first of the three specific Leadership ratings is about Product leadership. This view is mainly based on the analysis of product/service feature ...

Most large vendors mentioned earlier are present in the Leaders segment, including Apigee, Axway, Broadcom, Imperva, Perforce, Red Hat, and WSO2. Howe ...

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2.3 Innovation Leadership

Next, we examine Innovation in the marketplace. Innovation is, from our perspective, a key capability in all IT market segments. Customers require ...

Innovation Leaders (in alphabetical order):

  • 42crunch

  • Airlock by Ergon

  • Axway

  • Broadcom

  • Cequence Security

  • Cloudentity ...

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2.4 Market Leadership

Finally, we analyze Market Leadership. This is an amalgamation of the number of customers and their geographic distribution, the size of deployment ...

Please note that this rating does not reflect the overall market presence of large vendors but is only limited to the market shares of their respectiv ...

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3 Correlated View

While the Leadership charts identify leading vendors in certain categories, many customers are looking not only for a product leader but for a vendor ...

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3.1 The Market/Product Matrix

The first of these correlated views contrasts Product Leadership and Market Leadership.

Vendors below the line have a weaker market position than expected according to their product maturity. Vendors above the line are sort of "overperfor ...

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3.2 The Product/Innovation Matrix

This view shows how Product Leadership and Innovation Leadership are correlated. It is not surprising that there is a pretty good correlation between ...

Here, we see a rather low correlation between the product and innovation ratings, with many vendors being far from the dotted line. This is a strong i ...

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3.3 The Innovation/Market Matrix

The third matrix shows how Innovation Leadership and Market Leadership are related. Some vendors might perform well in the market without being Innova ...

Vendors above the line are performing well in the market as well as showing Innovation Leadership; while vendors below the line show an ability to inn ...

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4 Products and Vendors at a Glance

This section provides an overview of the various products we have analyzed within this KuppingerCole Leadership Compass on API Management and Security ...

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Table 1: Comparative overview of the ratings for the product capabilities

In addition, we provide in Table 2 an overview which also contains four ad ...

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Table 2: Comparative overview of the ratings for vendors

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5 Product/Vendor evaluation

This section contains a quick rating for every product/service we've included in this KuppingerCole Leadership Compass document. For many of the produ ...

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5.1 42Crunch

42Crunch is a privately held API security startup company with offices in Dublin, Ireland, Montpellier, France, and Irvine, CA. Founded in 2016, the c ...

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5.2 Airlock by Ergon

Ergon is a Swiss-based company established in 1984 with customers primarily in the DACH region and is also growing across EMEA and the APAC regions. T ...

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5.3 Axway

Axway, founded in 2001, is a global software company headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. The company offers a broad portfolio of solutions for sec ...

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5.4 Broadcom Inc.

The Layer7 brand dates back to 2002, when Layer7 Technologies, one of the pioneering API management vendors was founded in Vancouver, Canada. Over the ...

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5.5 Cequence Security

Cequence Security is a cybersecurity company headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. Founded in 2015 by a group of security industry veterans previous ...

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5.6 Cloudentity

Cloudentity is a privately held identity, authorization and governance company headquartered in Seattle, WA. Cloudentity was formed in 2016, focusing ...

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5.7 Curity

Curity is a provider of API-driven identity management solutions based in Stockholm, Sweden. Launched in 2015, the company is focusing on providing id ...

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5.8 Forum Systems

Forum Systems is a privately held independent engineering company based in Needham, MA. Founded in 2001, the company provides gateway-based solutions ...

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5.9 Google Apigee

Apigee is a product offered by Google Cloud, headquartered in Mountain View, CA. Apigee provides a full lifecycle API management solution including ad ...

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5.10 Imperva (was acquired by Thoma Bravo)

Imperva is an American cybersecurity solution company headquartered in Redwood Shores, California. Back in 2002, the company's first product was a web ...

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5.11 Nevatech

Nevatech is a privately-owned software company based in Atlanta, GA. Founded in 2011, the company provides SOA and API management infrastructure and t ...

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5.12 Perforce Akana

Perforce is one of the leading providers of software lifecycle management tools, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Established in 1995, the com ...

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5.13 Ping Identity

Ping Identity is a publicly traded software company headquartered in Denver, CO. Founded in 2002, the company has grown into one of the leading provid ...

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5.14 Red Hat

Red Hat is a multinational software company that develops enterprise open-source solutions, including cloud, infrastructure, application development, ...

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5.15 Salt Security

Salt Security is a privately held API security startup company based in Palo Alto, CA. Founded in 2016 by alumni of the Israeli Defense Force, the com ...

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5.16 Sensedia

Sensedia is an API management company headquartered in Campinas, Brazil. Founded in 2007, the company provides a full-featured API management platform ...

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5.17 Spherical Defense

Spherical Defense is a British security startup company based in London. Founded in 2017, the company is developing an innovative application security ...

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5.18 Traceable

Traceable is an application security startup based in San Francisco, California. Established in 2019 by veterans of the application performance monito ...

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5.19 WSO2

WSO2 is a global application development company based in the US, UK, and Sri Lanka. Founded in 2005, the company offers a wide array of open-source s ...

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6 Vendors to Watch

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6.1 Citrix

Citrix Systems is a multinational software company that provides solutions for digital workspace, application delivery and security, and cloud service ...

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6.2 Data Theorem

Data Theorem is a company specializing in application security solutions. Founded in 2013 and based in Palo Alto, CA, the company offers a range of au ...

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6.3 Kong

Kong Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in San Francisco, CA. Founded in 2017 and backed by investors like Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Eric S ...

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6.4 MuleSoft

MuleSoft is another veteran player in the API management market. Founded in 2006 in San Francisco, CA, MuleSoft has been focusing on providing a unifi ...

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6.5 TIBCO Cloud Mashery

TIBCO Software is a leading provider of integration, analytics, and event processing solutions. Founded in 1997 as The Information Bus Company, TIBCO ...

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6.6 Tyk

Tyk Technologies Ltd is a privately held company with sales offices located in London, Singapore, and Atlanta. Since 2015, it has been the primary for ...

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6.7 Wallarm

Wallarm is an application security startup company based in San Francisco, CA. Founded in 2014, Wallarm develops an AI-powered application security pl ...

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6.8 AWS

As a major cloud service provider whose cloud infrastructure is utilized by thousands of customers to develop and host their business services, applic ...

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6.9 IBM Cloud

As an integral part of IBM Cloud, the company offers its own API Connect platform for managing and securing APIs across multiple clouds. API Connect i ...

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6.10 Microsoft Azure

Microsoft's Azure cloud platform offers API management capabilities as well, with an API Gateway and Developer Portal being the key services that powe ...

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6.11 Oracle Cloud

To support developers during the API design phase, Oracle's offering incorporates the API Flow platform from Apiary, offering visual tools and guidanc ...

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