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Don't let Gravitee pull you down

Gravitee is a legacy Java-based proxy - too slow and resource intensive for your cloud native environments. Kong’s future-proof and fast cloud native API platform easily handles complex mixes of legacy and cutting-edge tech.

Read on to see how Kong unleashes developer productivity and your organization’s potential.

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Kong is the cloud native API platform trusted by innovative organizations to strengthen the connections at the core of modern applications.


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Kong vs Gravitee



technology stack

Technology stack

Lightweight and cloud native architecture

Modern, performant, reliable, and secure. Supports 50K+ transactions per second per node with sub-millisecond latency.

Complex legacy architecture

Large API gateway deployment footprint* and legacy Java-based architecture fail to meet cost, performance, and scalability requirements.


Easy installation and fewer components to manage

Kong Gateway is easy to install and can be deployed with or without a database. Supports containers, Kubernetes, bare-metal — you name it! With our SaaS offering, Kong Konnect, customers don't even need to deploy or manage a control plane or database.

Complex and difficult to install*

Lack of clear documentation and quality issues. Requires installing at least three components in addition to MongoDB, ElasticSearch, Java, and NGINX increasing operational complexity and cost. Moreover, enterprise plugins must be installed individually.

Environments supported

Supports wide range of environments

Support for Alpine, Ubuntu, Debian, RedHat, Amazon Linux, and MacOS.

Limited environments supported

No Ubuntu, Debian, or MacOS support.

Community support

Massive community support

Built on trusted open source, widely adopted, and driven by a massive developer community. 300M+ downloads. 160K+ community members. 62K+ stars on Github.

Weak community support

Gravitee has a tiny community with only 1.5K stars on GitHub leading to very limited contributions to its open source offering and weak technology support.


Unlimited extensibility

Easily add advanced traffic control, security, authentication, transformation functionality leveraging 400+ enterprise and community plugins. Or build custom plugins.

Limited plugin capabilities

Limited offering of open source plugins (<30). Plugin development in Java only and requires Maven.
serverless support

Serverless support

Support for serverless functions

Plugins for AWS Lambda, Azure Functions, and Apache OpenWhisk.

Plugin only for AWS Lambda

Kong's light footprint and stateless architecture allows instant scaling up or down to meet customer demand.


Extensive advanced authentication capabilities

Hashicorp Vault, Key Auth, Portal Application Registration, JWT Signer, LDAP, mTLS, OAuth 2.0, OpenID Connect, OPA, Session, PASETO, and more.

Limited authentication support

No support for mTLS, OPA, Hashicorp Vault, Session, and PASETO.
graphql support

GraphQL support


Significant investment interms of hiring and managing tech staff as well as SMEs.

Not supported

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enterprise support

Enterprise-grade support and services

Dedicated team of technical experts

Connect with a dedicated team of SMEs and customer success available across the globe for onboarding and high-quality support.

Limited support staff

Early stage startup with limited technical expertise and small engineering and support function.

Strategic partnerships

Strong technology partnerships

AWS partner network, Google Cloud partner, Microsoft Azure Marketplace, and more.

No cloud partnerships

Accelerate time to value with Kong's dedicated 24/7 x 365 technical support.

Kong named a Gartner© Magic Quadrant Leader for Full Life Cycle API Management

Positioned furthest on the vision axis, 3 years in a row

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Don't take our word for it

Hear what leading enterprises have to say about why they choose Kong

Papa John’s modernized its API infrastructure for launching products across store systems.

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Verifone consolidated 20 regional payment systems into a single global system.

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ANZ Bank selected Kong Konnect to pursue its Open Banking transformation.

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Kong claims top marks in G2's API Management reports

Kong named a G2 leader, ranked in Top 5 Easiest to Use API Management Tools

Manage event-driven APIs easily

Today’s modern enterprise architectures need to take advantage of all the common interaction models, which can include synchronous, AsyncAPIs, event-driven, and WebSocket-based APIs.

Kong provides the leading platform for ensuring your APIs and events can both play leading roles in ensuring your ongoing digital innovation. With support for Kafka Upstreams and WebSockets, Kong empowers organizations to deliver the ideal digital solutions for the modern world.

  • Docs

    See how our Kafka Upstream plugin transforms requests into Kafka messages in an Apache Kafka topic.

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  • Video

    Watch Viktor Gamov break down using Apache Kafka, API gateway, and service mesh for cloud connectivity.

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  • Blog

    Learn more about getting started with Event Hooks in Kong.

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