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Install Kong Gateway (OSS)

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The world’s most popular API gateway.
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Enterprise-grade service mesh for multi-cloud and multi-cluster on both Kubernetes and VMs.
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Containerized

Install Kong Gateway (Open Source)

This is the open source community Kong Gateway.

Install Kuma

The universal Envoy service mesh for distributed service connectivity.

Features: OSS vs Enterprise

Feature

What It's For

Kong Open Source Gateway

Kong Enterprise

API Infrastructure Modernization
Fast, Lightweight, Cloud-Native API Gateway
High-performance proxying of APIs
 
End-to-End Automation
Drive a GitOps flow of API design and execution
 
Kubernetes Ingress Controller
Deploy APIs to Kubernetes in a native fashion
 
Gateway Mocking
Mock API responses directly on the API gateway
 
Kong Manager: Admin GUI
Visually manage Kong cluster, plugins, APIs, and consumers
Traffic Management and Transformations
Basic Traffic Control Plugins
Manage ACME certificates, basic rate limiting, and lightweight caching
 
Simple Data Transformations
Add or remove headers, JSON data, or query strings
 
gRPC Transformations
Translate requests from gRPC-Web and REST to backend gRPC services
 
GraphQL
Convert GraphQL queries to REST requests. Rate limit and cache GraphQL queries
 
Request Validation
Validate requests using either Kong’s own schema validator or a JSON Schema Draft 4-compliant validator
 
jq Transformations
Advanced JSON transformations of requests or responses with the ability to chain transformations
 
Advanced Caching
Cache responses and optimize for high scale by integrating distributed backends
 
Advanced Rate Limiting
Enterprise-grade rate limiting with sliding window controls
Security and Governance
Authentication
Common methods of API authentication - Basic Auth, HMAC, JWT Key Auth, limited OAuth 2.0, limited LDAP
 
Advanced Authentication
Enterprise-grade API authentication - Full OAuth 2.0, OpenID Connect, Vault, Mutual TLS, JWT Signing/Resigning, full LDAP
 
Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
Control gateway configurations based on a user's role in the organization
 
Basic Authorization (Bot Detection, CORS controls, ACLs)
Control access to APIs by rules of user behavior and control lists
 
Advanced Authorization (OPA)
Control access to APIs with complex, programmable, enterprise-wide rules
 
Secret Management
Encrypt sensitive keys, certificates, and passwords
 
FIPS 140-2 Compliance
Generally Available version coming soon. Kong Gateway in a FIPS 140-2 compliant mode
Observability
Simple logging
Send basic API gateway logs - File logging, HTTP logging, basic StatsD, TCP/UDP logging
 
API Analytics
Natively analyze requests and responses flowing through the API gateway
 
Gateway Event Hooks
Automatically log out or send web hooks on changes to the gateway, such as administrators added or rate limits exceeded
Enterprise Support and Services
Enterprise support
24/7 x 365 technical support SLAs
 
Security CVE and Bug Fix Backports
 
Performance Tuning Guidance
 
Customer Success Packages - Add-on
Accelerate time to value with dedicated Technical Account Managers and Field Engineers

Features: Kuma vs Kong Mesh

Feature

 

Kuma

Kong Mesh

Enterprise Support
Kong backed 24/7 x 365 Support
 
Customer Success Packages
Management & Authentication
Role Based Access Control (RBAC)
 
Multi-Zone Authentication
 
UBI Distributions
 
Windows Distributions
 
Native AWS ECS Controller
Security
mTLS HashiCorp Vault CA
 
mTLS AWS ACM CA
 
mTLS Automatic CA Rotation
 
mTLS GUI Analytics
 
FIPS-140-2 Encryption Support
 
Native OPA Agent and Policy
 
Mesh / Multi-Mesh
 
Multi-Zone & Multi-Cluster
 
Native VM Support (no K8s dependency)
Traffic Control
Observability
Customization

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