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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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Barracuda Web Application Firewall

If you have a database in AWS or Azure with a lot of transactions, SD-WAN is a must. This appliance provides the needed feature at a fraction of the cost of going through an ISP. If you do not have lots of application "transactions" an F series firewall would be more appropriate (and also less expensive).
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Pros

  • Edge caching with Akamai's CDN tools allow for offloading repetitive work from more expensive application servers
  • Akamai's DDOS protection services are amongst the most robust in the industry
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  • SD-WAN
  • Traffic conditioning
  • Reasonable cost
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Cons

  • Website could be easier to navigate
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  • Learning curve to implement
  • If using SD-WAN, multiple devices required
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Alternatives Considered

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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We have used SonicWalls and WatchGuard firewall appliances neither are even remotely close to the Barracuda Web Application Firewall. In addition, Barracuda support is fantastic. Throw in the 4 year (free) refresh cycle and there is no reason we would even consider the other two again (at least for the foreseeable future).
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Return on Investment

  • It was overpriced for what we got. The platform never worked as it was supposed to.
  • When we stopped using the service and moved to one that actually worked, they tried to hit us with a $14,000 bill.
  • On several occasions they used deceptive practices.
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  • Much better response times for remote transactions
  • 4 year refresh cycle included with active support contracts
  • More expensive than traditional firewalls (however its superior to those, not apples to apples)
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Pricing Details

Akamai

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Barracuda Web Application Firewall

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