Why is Kong king for modernization?

The fastest, most-adopted API gateway is just the start

The world's most sensitive and critical traffic volumes run on Kong. Why? With battle-tested open-source technology and enterprise-grade solutions and support, Kong is the most trusted and performant cloud-native API management platform for the modern tech stack.

And since Kong is cloud, protocol, and language agnostic, our products work seamlessly with both emerging and legacy technologies. That’s why developers building modern enterprises find success with Kong.

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Service Connectivity

Everything is a Service

Powering reliable API-led connectivity for millions of engineers and 600+ global brands

“We were able to create more than 450 new digital services within just six months and achieved up to 65-times faster deployment with automated validations.”

Colin Schaub
Lead API Engineer at Cargill

Kong’s capabilities are unmatched



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Unparalleled performance

Lightweight and cloud-native architecture stack 50K+ transactions per second per node. Sub-millisecond latency. 446x Faster & 31x Higher Throughput.*

Large API gateway deployment footprint and complex architectures fail to meet performance, cost, and scalability requirements.

Kubernetes-native API management

100% Kubernetes-native architecture and interfaces to enable you to take full advantage of the power of Kubernetes.

Designed in the pre-Kubernetes era with no Kubernetes interfaces. Footprints too large to take advantage of Kubernetes resource management benefits.

Vendor agnostic

Connect services across any cloud, any platform, and any modern protocol, such as REST, GraphQL, gRPC, and Kafka.

Limited or no support across clouds, platforms and protocols increasing risk of silos and introducing vendor lock-in.

Open-source DNA

Built on trusted open source, widely adopted and driven by a massive developer community.
290M+ Downloads. 2.7M+ Active Instances. 160K+ Community Members. 62K+ Stars on GitHub.

Untested projects with limited adoption or outdated approaches can lead to enterprise customers playing the role of quality assurance.


Easily add advanced traffic management functionality leveraging hundreds of out-of-the-box, community plugins, and custom plugins.

Limited ability to extend and customize.


Lightweight and cloud-native architecture stack 50K+ transactions per second per node. Sub-millisecond latency. 446x Faster & 31x Higher Throughput.*

Limited security features across all use cases.


Light footprint and stateless architecture allows instant scaling up or down to meet customer demand.

Large deployment footprint and complex architecture increases scaling complexity.


Enable declarative configuration and easily apply proven principles of DevOps and GitOps to automate each phase of the API and microservices lifecycle.

Manual intervention necessary to release code into production delaying time-to-market.

Enterprise-grade support and services

Connect with a dedicated team of API experts for onboarding and high-quality support. Follow guided learning through self-paced Kong Academy courses.

Lack of technical expertise. Support services often outsourced leading to longer time to resolution.

Gartner names Kong a Leader

For the fourth consecutive year, Kong was named as a Gartner® Magic Quadrant™Leader for API Management.