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Akamai

At times when we need a piece of content on the site to display at an EXACT time and we have to be 100% sure that all assets are loaded and changed to the minute Akamai still allowed us to have caching for the bits we need and the flexibility to refresh the pieces of content that we needed
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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

  • Caching is one of the greatest benefits that Akamai allows for, saving time, money and experiencing the user experience.
  • Knowing they provide DDOS and other attack protection gives you peace of mind.
  • How finely you can tune all of the different settings available to you, from blocking IPs, cache settings, headers, redirects and even handling error statuses .
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  • SD-WAN
  • Traffic conditioning
  • Reasonable cost
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Cons

  • The interface in their control centre could be a bit more user-friendly with some of the settings in places that you wouldn't expect them to be. The search offsets this problem to an extent but it's still sometimes slower than you'd like to find what you are looking for.
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  • Learning curve to implement
  • If using SD-WAN, multiple devices required
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Alternatives Considered

Akamai offers sophisticated security and defense layers in addition to its content delivery network. Its focus on security is well known and beats offerings from AWS and Azure to punches. It redefined the cloud security market by extending its core offering.
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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

  • On-demand content delivery for peak load scenarios offer higher levels of service.
  • Advanced security at the edge.
  • Faster content delivery through sophisticated caching.
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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