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Selecting the Right API Gateway for Identity and Access Management

Published: 19 May 2016

ID: G00297751

Analyst(s): Mary Ruddy


API gateways play a key role in API management. By mediating IAM, they reduce risk and facilitate DevOps. Before choosing an API gateway, identity professionals must first assess their use cases. This research evaluates features from select vendors.

Table Of Contents


  • API Management Components
  • Selection Approach
    • Determine Use-Case Attributes Before Defining Specific Feature Requirements
    • Consider the Other Factors That Will Impact Your API Gateway Selection
    • Identify Potential Vendors Based on Requirements
    • Evaluate the Capabilities Offered by Shortlisted Vendors
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


The Details

  • Identity Federation Standards
  • Data Format and Message Protocol Translation
  • WAM
  • Locally Connected User Directories
  • User and Service Authentication
  • Authorization
  • Traffic Management
  • Data Protection
  • Licensing

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