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Learn What's Included with Kong Gateway vs. Kong Enterprise

    With 150+ million downloads and more than 25,000 stars on GitHub, the open source Kong Gateway is the most popular API gateway in the world. Kong Gateway is lightweight and optimized for microservices, delivering unparalleled latency performance and scalability.

    Kong Enterprise extends Kong Gateway with enterprise features and support. The top reasons customers choose Kong Enterprise are to decentralize applications and services, provide security and governance, and create a developer platform.

    Decentralize Applications and Services

    Kong accelerates your journey to microservices. Kong Enterprise extends the Kong Gateway with support for the latest protocols and sophisticated traffic management capabilities. Kong Enterprise includes technical support to mitigate risk in case of service disruptions or outages.

    Key Features
    Kong Gateway
    Kong Enterprise
    Lightweight API gateway that works with any architecture (monolith, microservices, service mesh and more)
    Kubernetes Ingress Controller
    Basic traffic control plugins
    gRPC support
    Advanced traffic control plugins (high availability rate limiting, advanced service routing, distributed caching)
    GraphQL and Kafka support
    Admin GUI and Workspaces to manage Kong cluster, plugins, APIs and consumers
    Professional support 24x7x365

    Secure and Govern APIs and Services

    Basic authentication and analytics are provided with the Kong Gateway. Beyond those capabilities, deploy Kong Enterprise and Kong Immunity to increase security and visibility for governance, and to reduce the need for custom development. Note that Kong Immunity requires separate subscriptions.

    Key Features
    Kong Gateway
    Kong Enterprise,
    Kong Immunity
    Basic authentication (includes HMAC, JWT Key Auth, limited OAuth 2.0)
    Advanced authentication (includes full OAuth 2.0, OpenID Connect, Vault, mutual TLS and enhanced encryption)
    Third-party analytics
    Cluster Health Monitoring (Kong Vitals)
    Autonomous monitoring and anomaly detection (Kong Immunity)
    Role-based access control (RBAC)
    Audit logs
    Visual service map
    Professional support 24x7x365

    Create a Developer Platform

    Kong allows you to rapidly design, publish and consume APIs and services.
    Kong Enterprise extends the Kong Gateway with an out-of-the-box developer portal and an integrated test and design studio. This reduces the need for custom development or additional third-party solutions.

    Key Features
    Kong Gateway
    Kong Enterprise
    Declarative configuration of gateway and Kubernetes (enables adding Kong config file to your CI/CD pipeline)
    Git sync for GitOps
    End-to-end API spec and design with Kong Studio integration
    Customizable Developer Portal
    Dedicated developer portal for each workspace
    Global search for service discoverability
    Automated onboarding via roles-based access controls (RBAC)
    Automated API discovery and spec file generation, based on live traffic
    Professional support 24x7x365


    Running Mission-Critical Microservices & APIs on Kong Enterprise

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