Amazon API Gateway vs AWS WAF

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Amazon API Gateway vs AWS WAF: What are the differences?

Amazon API Gateway: Create, publish, maintain, monitor, and secure APIs at any scale. Amazon API Gateway handles all the tasks involved in accepting and processing up to hundreds of thousands of concurrent API calls, including traffic management, authorization and access control, monitoring, and API version management; AWS WAF: Control which traffic to allow or block to your web application by defining customizable web security rules. AWS WAF is a web application firewall that helps protect your web applications from common web exploits that could affect application availability, compromise security, or consume excessive resources.

Amazon API Gateway can be classified as a tool in the "API Tools" category, while AWS WAF is grouped under "Security".

According to the StackShare community, Amazon API Gateway has a broader approval, being mentioned in 167 company stacks & 62 developers stacks; compared to AWS WAF, which is listed in 13 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.

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      What is Amazon API Gateway?

      Amazon API Gateway handles all the tasks involved in accepting and processing up to hundreds of thousands of concurrent API calls, including traffic management, authorization and access control, monitoring, and API version management.

      What is AWS WAF?

      AWS WAF is a web application firewall that helps protect your web applications from common web exploits that could affect application availability, compromise security, or consume excessive resources.

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        What are some alternatives to Amazon API Gateway and AWS WAF?
        Apigee
        API management, design, analytics, and security are at the heart of modern digital architecture. The Apigee intelligent API platform is a complete solution for moving business to the digital world.
        Kong
        Kong is a scalable, open source API Layer (also known as an API Gateway, or API Middleware). Kong controls layer 4 and 7 traffic and is extended through Plugins, which provide extra functionality and services beyond the core platform.
        NGINX
        nginx [engine x] is an HTTP and reverse proxy server, as well as a mail proxy server, written by Igor Sysoev. According to Netcraft nginx served or proxied 30.46% of the top million busiest sites in Jan 2018.
        Zuul
        It is the front door for all requests from devices and websites to the backend of the Netflix streaming application. As an edge service application, It is built to enable dynamic routing, monitoring, resiliency, and security. Routing is an integral part of a microservice architecture.
        Azure API Management
        Today's innovative enterprises are adopting API architectures to accelerate growth. Streamline your work across hybrid and multi-cloud environments with a single place for managing all your APIs.
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