Kong vs Zuul: What are the differences?
What is Kong? Open Source Microservice & API Management Layer. 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.
What is Zuul? An edge service that provides dynamic routing, monitoring, resiliency, security, and more. 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.
Kong and Zuul can be categorized as "Microservices" tools.
Kong is an open source tool with 22.9K GitHub stars and 2.83K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Kong's open source repository on GitHub.
Checkr, Policygenius, and Decision6 are some of the popular companies that use Kong, whereas Zuul is used by PeopleKeep, Monkey Exchange, and Wealth Systems. Kong has a broader approval, being mentioned in 73 company stacks & 112 developers stacks; compared to Zuul, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 8 developer stacks.
Istio based on powerful Envoy whereas Kong based on Nginx. Istio is K8S native as well it's actively developed when k8s was successfully accepted with production-ready apps whereas Kong slowly migrated to start leveraging K8s. Istio has an inbuilt turn-keyIstio based on powerful Envoy whereas Kong based on Nginx. Istio is K8S native as well it's actively developed when k8s was successfully accepted with production-ready apps whereas Kong slowly migrated to start leveraging K8s. Istio has an inbuilt turn key solution with Rancher whereas Kong completely lacks here. Traffic distribution in Istio can be done via canary, a/b, shadowing, HTTP headers, ACL, whitelist whereas in Kong it's limited to canary, ACL, blue-green, proxy caching. Istio has amazing community support which is visible via Github stars or releases when comparing both.
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