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Score 9.2 out of 100

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

F5 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

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Servers

AWS WAF
F5 NGINX
7.7
IDE support
AWS WAF
F5 NGINX
6.0
Security management
AWS WAF
F5 NGINX
8.4
Administration and management
AWS WAF
F5 NGINX
6.3
Application server performance
AWS WAF
F5 NGINX
9.4
Installation
AWS WAF
F5 NGINX
7.4
Open-source standards compliance
AWS WAF
F5 NGINX
9.0

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

F5 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

F5 NGINX

  • Being relatively newer than alternatives such as Apache, NGINX has room to mature in some areas
  • While very well supported by most OS and cloud vendors, NGINX still requires some additional setup configurations to get going, it is still viewed as a secondary (although better in many cases) option
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

F5 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

F5 NGINX

F5 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 9.3
Based on 4 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

F5 NGINX

F5 NGINX 7.8
Based on 10 answers
I'm explicitly rating the open-source version of NGINX here. The open-source version has good documentation and useful examples. As one of the most web servers in the world, there is a wide range of tutorials and examples to learn from. This does have the drawback of potentially using older documentation, but NGINX has excellent default behavior, and the official documentation is easy to use. Their paid support seems excellent as well, though we haven't taken advantage of it yet.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

AWS WAF

Amazon's support was better for us in the end. Implementation was also easier as we're using other Amazon services currently.
Tony Ortiz | TrustRadius Reviewer

F5 NGINX

NetApp, f1, etc., [I've] used them all. I find using commodity hardware across diverse endpoints running software solutions is cheaper while being more available than individual hardware solutions. and I find Nginx to be the best proxy solution that can do everything we need.
L Matthew Blancett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

AWS WAF

  • The overall security of the web application increased effectively after deploying AWS WAF
  • No negative impacts were seen in the business
  • The developers were more confident in the overall security model of the web application being developed and it was easy to integrate WAF into the existing system as the application was also using AWS platform
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

F5 NGINX

  • By using Nginx, we can host multiple web services on a single server, keeping our infrastructure costs lower.
  • Nginx maintains our HTTPS connections, allowing us to keep our promise to our customers that their data is safe in transit.
  • Due to Nginx's extremely low failure rate, our web addresses always return something meaningful, even when individual services go down. In sense, this means we are "always online" and allows us to maintain brand and support our customers even in the face of catastrophe.
Tyler Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

AWS WAF

General

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

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

F5 NGINX

General

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

F5 NGINX Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

AWS WAF
8.9
F5 NGINX
9.4

Likelihood to Renew

AWS WAF
9.0
F5 NGINX

Usability

AWS WAF
9.0
F5 NGINX
9.0

Support Rating

AWS WAF
9.3
F5 NGINX
7.8

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