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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 9.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Application Servers

    AWS WAF

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.9

    NGINX

    79%
    NGINX ranks higher in 6/6 features

    IDE support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Security management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    3 Ratings

    Administration and management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.3
    63%
    3 Ratings

    Application server performance

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    3 Ratings

    Installation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    3 Ratings

    Open-source standards compliance

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    2 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • AWS WAF is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating
    • AWS WAF and NGINX are tied in 1 area: Usability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.4

    AWS WAF

    94%
    7 Ratings
    9.2

    NGINX

    92%
    27 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.0

    AWS WAF

    90%
    1 Rating

    NGINX

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    9.0

    AWS WAF

    90%
    1 Rating
    9.0

    NGINX

    90%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    9.1

    AWS WAF

    91%
    3 Ratings
    8.1

    NGINX

    81%
    8 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    AWS WAF

    AWS WAF is highly appropriate to interrupt or prevent cyber attacks because when implementing rules, whether they are specific or centralized, so any application that has these vulnerabilities is protected.
    Implementing managed rules creates greater security to protect both API and applications.If implemented along with other AWS tools, the security is much better, so if you want to protect applications against more specific attacks, it is ideal to integrate with Amazon CloudFront, which is a great benefit because it warns when thresholds are exceeded or specific attacks occur.AWS WAF is ideal to avoid common web attacks. For more specific attacks and scenarios, I don't recommend this.
    Hanna Bedoya | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    [NGINX] is very well suited for high performance. I have seen it used on servers with 1k current connections with no issues. Despite seeing it used in many environments I've never seen software developers use it over apache, express, IIS in local dev environments so it may be more difficult to setup. I've also seen it used to load balance again without issues.
    Josh Stapp | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    AWS WAF

    • AWS WAF has the most developer-friendly API to create firewall rules.
    • AWS WAF provides OWASP security controls, which reduces developers' burden (i.e., SQL injection and cross-site scripting).
    • AWS WAF has customizable web security rules. The user can even push the rules through the API available, which is the great feature and helped me a lot.
    • It protects applications at layer 7 (HTTP) of the OSI model and not just layer 4 (TCP).
    Saim Jamali | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    • Very low memory usage. Can handle many more connections than alternatives (like Apache HTTPD) due to low overhead. (event-based architecture).
    • Great at serving static content.
    • Scales very well. Easy to host multiple Nginx servers to promote high availability.
    • Open-Source (no cost)!
    Gabriel Samaroo | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    AWS WAF

    • The documentation offered is somewhat confusing, so it would be ideal if it were much more direct and precise.
    • Your initial configuration may be confusing, so the best option is to use the rule templates provided by AWS.
    • Its configuration is not unified with AWS, so it must be done separately and it takes some time.
    • The number of rules to be established is somewhat limited.
    maría jose gonzalez ortiz | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    • Customer support can be strangely condescending, perhaps it's a language issue?
    • I find it a little weird how the release versions used for Nginx+ aren't the same as for open source version. It can be very confusing to determine the cross-compatibility of modules, etc., because of this.
    • It seems like some (most?) modules on their own site are ancient and no longer supported, so their documentation in this area needs work.
    • It's difficult to navigate between nginx.com commercial site and customer support. They need to be integrated together.
    • I'd love to see more work done on nginx+ monitoring without requiring logging every request. I understand that many statistics can only be derived from logs, but plenty should work without that. Logging is not an option in many environments.
    L Matthew Blancett | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    AWS WAF

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $0.6 per 1 million requests

    AWS WAF Editions & Modules

    Edition
    Resource Type - Web ACL$5.001
    Resource Type - Rule$1.001
    Resource Type - Request$0.602
    1. per month (prorated hourly)
    2. per 1 million requests
    Additional Pricing Details

    NGINX

    General

    Free Trial
    Yes
    Free/Freemium Version
    Yes
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Yes
    Entry-level set up fee?
    Optional

    Starting Price

    NGINX Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    AWS WAF

    AWS WAF 9.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Good value for money. Native AWS solution for services
    Igor Zeiger | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Usability

    AWS WAF

    AWS WAF 9.0
    Based on 1 answer
    The product is highly scalable. It is easy to configure the rules and thereby helps us to mitigate many vulnerabilities.The interface and programming of the firewall provisions were easy to setup. Amazon clearly spent a lot of time figuring this out and perfecting it. It allows users to do customized configurations based on their needs. It provides protection against a number of security issues like XSS, SQL injection, etc. I would definitely recommend this for protecting your infra as you scale, since this basically protects and filters all requests hitting your application server.
    Saim Jamali | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    NGINX 9.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Front end proxy and reverse proxy of Nginx is always useful. I always prefer to Nginx in overall usability when you have application server and database or multiple application servers and single database i.e. clustered application. Nginx provides really good features and flexibility which helps the system administrator in case of troubleshooting and also from the administration perspective. Also, Nginx doesn't delay any request because of internal performance issues.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    AWS WAF

    AWS WAF 9.1
    Based on 3 answers
    If you're intending to use AWS WAF, I would say that you absolutely should sign up for support. AWS Support is excellent and they can help you in a really good way to solve your issues.
    Oscar Martinez | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    NGINX 8.1
    Based on 8 answers
    Community support is great, and they've also had a presence at conferences. Overall, there is no shortage of documentation and community support. We're currently using it to serve up some WordPress sites, and configuring NGINX for this purpose is well documented.
    John Reeve | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Alternatives Considered

    AWS WAF

    We evaluated Imperva, but we were more convinced with AWS WAF because of the better pricing model, ease of deployment as we were already using the AWS platform which helping in ease of integration. The technical support for AWS WAF seemed to be better as they had better understanding of the overall system and architecture of the product, which helped us in getting a problem solved that was encountered while using AWS WAF. The amount of documentation and helpful material available online for AWS WAF made it the first choice for us to select this product over Imperva.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    We have used Traffic, Apache, Google Cloud Load Balancing and other managed cloud-based load balancers. When it comes to scale and customization nothing beats Nginx. We selected Nginx over the others because
    • we have a large number of services and we can manage a single Nginx instance for all of them
    • we have high impact services and Nginx never breaks a sweat under load
    • individual services have special considerations and Nginx lets us configure each one uniquely
    Tyler Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    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.
    Hanna Bedoya | TrustRadius Reviewer

    NGINX

    • Nginx has decreased the burden of web server administration and maintenance, and we are spending less time on server issues than when we were using Apache.
    • Nginx has allowed more people in our company to get involved with configuring things on the web server, so there's no longer a single point of failure ("the Apache guy").
    • Nginx has given us the ability to handle a larger number of requests without scaling up in hardware quite so quickly.
    Ben McClure | TrustRadius Reviewer

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