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Score 9.7 out of 100
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Score 7.9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Akamai Ion

  • Akamai Ion is excellent if you have the staff to manage the configurations and understand how best to leverage its benefits amidst ongoing Dev work without getting in their way. You'll have to communicate consistently on what the CDN does and does not do as well as drive knowledge sharing sessions on expected behavior or unexpected behavior to help reduce unnecessary troubleshooting from your IT and Dev teams when tickets/issues arise.
  • Akamai Ion is best suited for well equipped and well informed IT or Marketing teams that can leverage the delivery benefits of caching and offload. Doing so will increase customer satisfaction, reduce bounce rates, improve conversion rates as well as drive more time on site.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

Barracuda is an inexpensive solution for load balancing web traffic of all kinds and works as a reverse proxy if you need one. It is efficient and has been a very stable solution. If you need extremely granular configuration for your load balancing traffic, then you may need to go with one of the bigger brands. Barracuda will more than handle regular small and medium business use and do so at a greatly reduced price point.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Akamai Ion

  • Ease of management with good UI for making rules and behaviors.
  • There is also an API and Code integration for the advanced Dev-Ops team to use as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

  • Excellent Load Balancing.
  • Flexible configuration - It's very simple to configure and powerful enough to handle many more websites than just our exchange site.
  • Continuously updated - Barracuda makes fairly frequent updates to address issues and improve features.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Akamai Ion

  • The learning curve on using a CDN is steep and requires class time. The initial onboarding and integration with the business' DevOps teams should be a bit closer relationship.
  • Global vs. Regional management can be a bit challenging if your account is centralized overseas, and you want a local time-zone account manager on your time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

  • Overall, there are no issues. It just runs.
Shawn Umansky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Akamai Ion

No score
No answers yet
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Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a product we plan on continuing to use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Akamai Ion

No score
No answers yet
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Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It is fairly easy to learn after support helps you set it up and shows you how things work. Which they will do.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Akamai Ion

Akamai Ion 9.0
Based on 1 answer
  • Support for tickets has gotten better/quicker over the years.
  • Also, there is a wealth of information on the knowledge base, documentation, and there is also a message board too now.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC 7.9
Based on 5 answers
It did well for basic needs but would not deliver for all our services.
Timothy Good | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Akamai Ion

No answers on this topic

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

We also had looked at Kemp and F5. The Kemp and F5 had a lot of horsepower and advanced configuration and functionality. When we looked at our workload and how we were planning on using the load balancers, we really didn't need all those extra bells and whistles. Barracuda provided all the standard functionality we needed and were looking for and did so at a greatly reduced price point.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Akamai Ion

  • Improved conversion rates.
  • Reduced page load times.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

  • It has allowed us to maintain a very high level of uptime.
  • It has allowed us to perform server updates without the downtime of services.
  • It has provided a consistent user experience by properly balancing service loads across servers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Akamai Ion

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Barracuda Load Balancer ADC

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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