Mashery scored well in both Gartner and Forrester reports. Mashery were acquired in April last year by Intel. This has strengthened both Mashery with the backing of a company the size of Intel, but also provides Intel with a way into the API Management market place and aligns with their recent shift towards the software market (e.g. through the acquisition of McAfee)
The Mashery product provides similar features to the other products, and can be deployed both in the cloud and on-premises. Integration between Mashery and Intel’s Expressway Gateway appliance will also add comfort to those customers who are used to having a physical appliance on premise.
Interestingly, Mashery’s marketing message revolves as much around internal APIs as public ones: Something we agree with wholeheartedly.
- Strong, feature rich product (including protocol translation; SAML, X.509, LDAP, OAuth, OpenID support; policy enforcement etc).
- On-premise, Cloud and hybrid options available which provides flexibility when engaging with customers
- Strong presence in the UK markets with the likes of Argos, TomTom, ASOS, Experian etc using their products
- Developer portal is strong and Mashery I\O docs are a differentiator to other API Management systems
- Backing of Intel likely to lead to significant investment into the Mashery products
- Risk of potential product consolidation as a result of Intel Acquisition, although no sign of this occurring yet.
- Like Apigee, in our opinion the enterprise security story isn’t quite as strong with the core Mashery product as with some other options, although this is bolstered by integration with Intel’s Expressway appliances.
- Level of sophistication of the integration with Expressway was unclear in our investigation. It might be brilliant, but we’d advise further investigation.
When would we use it?
- Deployment where quality of portal experience is paramount (including the documenting of APIs – I\O Docs helps with this!).
- Where a customer is an existing Expressway customer, or has a strong preference for physical appliances and/or Intel networking kit.
- To utilise the enhanced capabilities such as pre-packaged reporting for internal and/or external use , policy enforcement or protocol translation.