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Akamai

Akamai is (as far as I'm aware) class leading in it's offering, although I haven't used anything else - but it is a really excellent CDN where you don't need to update your file references or anything like that, since you pass through Akamai's edge servers IT development teams don't need to change the way in which they would work in order to get the benefits. In terms of less well-suited scenarios - it's hard to say since you couldn't really use it for purposes other than what it's designed for, although the rules do allow for some pretty impacting changes to be possible, you could potentially take the site down if you were working uninformed.
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Oracle Dyn WAF

Their technical team is great, their portal is easily the best of those I have reviewed it against (including Akamai, CloudFlare, and Imperva), and they are a dedicated technology partner through and through.
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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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  • Analytical data on application threats, attack vectors, and data throughput.
  • Ease of use for uploading SSL certs and portal UI in general.
  • Simple to use and implement WAF preset rule sets for compliance.
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Cons

  • 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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  • Expensive - This service is not cheap. There are several competitors that have similar services and are significantly less expensive.
  • Oracle - I think that says it all. Oracle, in my book, does not have a good track record. We'll be moving off of this service in the very near future.
  • Tech support slow to respond - Tech support has always been a little slow to respond. They're good at solving problems, and do a great job, but it can take a while to get things rolling.
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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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I already put this in earlier, but to repeat - they were easier to work with, more technically capable and knowledgeable and not just trying to sell us on something. Their willingness to solve for our problems and work with us made them the clear winner.
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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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Akamai

General
Free Trial
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Oracle Dyn WAF

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