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Score 7.2 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Akamai

Akamai is a well-established brand name with a great product. It meets and many time exceeds the needs for global content delivery and security management layer at the edge. Fine grain security tuning seems cumbersome as the definition of the app keeps changing. It also requires an investment of time for the setup which doesn't necessarily make sense for smaller scale scenarios. Some products offered by AWS, Azure or the Google Cloud can be more tightly integrated with cloud provider offerings thus easier to configure.
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AWS WAF

AWS is ideal for implementation in scenarios where business applications are consuming more resources than they should. When AWS WAF is used it prevents this from happening and in this way applications tend to run as they should. It is ideal to establish custom rules and centralize them to protect different applications without having to re-create the same rules which helps save time, as well as allowing the usual attack patterns to be blocked, such as cross-site scripts and SQL injection.
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Pros

Akamai

  • Very advanced compression algorithms and a global content delivery network.
  • Sophisticated security features.
  • On-demand network scalability.
  • Great dashboard and real-time reporting
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AWS WAF

  • It allows custom rules to be established to stop attacks that may harm business applications.
  • Its cost is based only on what the user uses to establish rules that can protect applications from vulnerabilities.
  • The rules can be established by the user or those that the system already brings with it being able to be centralized to reuse them for the rest of the applications, which saves time.
  • The user can choose the traffic of their applications.
  • The cost depends on the number of rules assigned.
  • It deploys new rules fast and efficiently.
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Cons

Akamai

  • Really confusing contracts and deceptive billing practices.
  • Convoluted interface. Difficult to understand what goes where because they use strange naming conventions.
  • When you ask for support to help with an issue, they always try and get you on a call to demo an upgraded service. Their "support" is really just a glorified sales team trying to get you to upgrade and pay more at every turn.
  • Many on their support staff do not speak english well enough to convey ideas and concepts in a clear manner.
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AWS WAF

  • It is necessary to have knowledge about the software because otherwise inappropriate rules will be created.
  • Your configuration can be somewhat tedious.
  • Your support team takes a long time to answer the user's questions.
  • Its costs can be somewhat high, unlike other services since it is charged by the number of rules that are created.
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Alternatives Considered

Akamai

I haven't had much experience with other CDNs and to be honest I haven't heard of many more other than Akamai which just goes to show which one is the most trusted and proves to be the best. There are others out there, such as CloudFlare, that claim to provide a similar service but there is always something missing that Akamai just already has.
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AWS WAF

The use of this software was decided on because it is much easier to manage since the rules that are implemented can be specific or centralized. We also like it because you only pay for what you used. Imperva SecureSphere requires a much higher learning curve.
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Return on Investment

Akamai

  • Speed up delivery of content and improved user experience for users coming to our website
  • Save cost as we do not need as many back end servers to run our web instance because majority of load is being handled by Akamai servers
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AWS WAF

  • Our applications are less exposed to cyber attacks, which prevents them from getting out of control and consume much more resources than they should.
  • Saved us money by preventing attacks.
  • The traffic control is much more bearable.
  • App development is safer.
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Pricing Details

Akamai

General

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

AWS WAF

General

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

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