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API Gateway: Difference between software and Appliance Gateway

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Article ID: 189180

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Products

CA API Gateway API SECURITY STARTER PACK-7

Issue/Introduction

Could you please explain the difference between Software Gateway and Appliance Gateway and also how to find which gateway we are using?

Environment

API Gateway: 9.x

Resolution

The difference between a software and an appliance GW is the form factor. A software GW form factor involves standing up a supported OS and installing the software and other necessary components to run a gateway.

An appliance GW form factor involves deploying an OVA on VMWare that contains the necessary components to run a gateway.

If you sign into the GW server using the 'ssgconfig' user, then it is an appliance GW. Otherwise, it is a software GW.