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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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Incapsula

Incapsula really exceeds if you have a very large amount of traffic, it is a truly durable and resilient WAF. Global load balancing, increased security, added caching, smaller number of sites (but very important)? Then I would recommend Incapsula. Incapsula is always additive to features your infrastructure has and it does those well, so I would always advise using it if your site has high traffic, is business critical, or accesses sensitive information through a SQL backend.
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Pros

  • Content Delivery. Akamai has thousands of edge servers worldwide to serve your content as fast as possible to the proximity of the user. This speeds up page load time and user experience.
  • Customer support. Akamai customer support are some of the best I've worked with. They are quite to response and the engineers know what they are doing.
  • Lots of tools. Akamai is not just acting as a CDN, but the vast amount of tools/products available allows a large portion of the site to be managed.
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  • Reliability / Uptime
  • Security
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Cons

  • Website could be easier to navigate
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  • Web Interface could be better, no overall site details/performance views.
  • API is limited if you do not have a reseller account unnecessarily.
  • Alerting / Reports / Bot
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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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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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Pricing Details

Akamai

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Akamai Editions & Modules
Akamai
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Incapsula

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Incapsula Editions & Modules
Incapsula
Edition
Free
$0
Pro
$592
Business
$2992
Enterprise
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2. per month
Additional Pricing Details
Free Plan: Bot mitigation, content delivery network and two-factor authentication. Pro Plan: Includes Free Plan Features plus web application firewall, advanced performance, PCI compliance report, backdoor protection and SSL support. Business Plan: Includes Pro features plus blocks network layer DDoS attacks, blocks application layer DDoS attacks, auto-detection & triggering and supports custom SSL certificates. Enterprise Plan: Includes Business Features plus 24/7 support and uptime SLA, custom security rules, real-time event monitoring, load balancing and failover, infrastructure DDoS protection (BGP), manager service option and API access and custom brandings.