Zuplo vs.Kong API Gateway

Zuplo is redefining what it means to be an API Management platform and is an alternative to Kong API Gateway. With Zuplo, you can easily build and share quality APIs with other developers. Compare features, pricing, deployment options, and customizability below.


Zuplo is a fully-managed API-Gateway that was built natively for both edge compute and programmability. What’s more, it is natively configured and powered by OpenAPI offering the best api-first workflow and enhanced features like request/response monitoring for OpenAPI compliance.

Zuplo has beaten Kong multiple times in formal RFPs with customers citing the lower TCO, more powerful extensibility, better workflow and multi-cloud/edge deployments as clear winning factors.

Fully-managedNo (Konnect manages admin API only, the easy part)Fully-managed and auto-scaled. Handles billions of requests with no ops needed.
EdgeNoYes, natively built for edge compute. Deploy to 270+ data centers in under 20s.
ProgrammableLua and custom plugins - complicated and unfamiliar to developersNatively programmable, code in JavaScript / TypeScript using web standards and established patterns. Deploy custom code and policies in seconds.
OpenAPI SupportConvert to proprietary formatNatively powered by OpenAPI - with optimum workflow for API-first. Policies support request/response inspection to support OpenAPI compliance.
LocationsDeployed and managed by youHosted at the edge in 270+ data-centers around the world - within 50ms of every human on earth.
Environments SupportManage, deploy and pay for multiple environmentsUnlimited environments for preview, testing and production - deploy a new environment in under 20s.
CostPay per cluster, expensive enterprise pricingZuplo customers have saved up to 80% on purchase costs - that’s before hosting and operating savings.
High Availability (HA)Pay extra and manage yourselfBuilt-in, HA included in the free tier.

Other Features That Make Zuplo Unique

Stripe-like Developer Portal

Just import your OpenAPI spec to generate beautiful documentation and developer portal. Check out an example portal here.

Secret Know-How

Founded by a product leader who also founded Azure API Management at Microsoft in 2013, but felt the product was stuck in the dark ages and decided to build redefine what it means to be an API Management Platform. Read Zuplo's story here.

Designed for Developers, Made for the Edge