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Learn what is included with Kong Enterprise vs. Kong Gateway

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, Kong Brain and Kong Immunity to increase security and visibility for governance, and to reduce the need for custom development. Note that Kong Brain and Kong Immunity require separate subscriptions.

Key Features
Kong Gateway
Kong Enterprise
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 (Kong Brain)
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. Note that Kong Brain requires a separate subscription.

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 (Kong Brain)
Professional support 24x7x365

Customers

Running Mission-Critical Microservices & APIs on Kong Enterprise

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