Cloudflare vs. Imperva CDN

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cloudflare
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Cloudflare, from the company of the same name in San Francisco, provides DDoS and bot mitigation security for business domains, as well as a content delivery network (CDN) and web application firewall (WAF).
$20
per month
Imperva CDN
Score 7.7 out of 10
N/A
Imperva CDN provides intelligent and caching controls, content and network optimization, application delivery rules, and high website availability, and is available as part of the Imperva FlexProtect. The Imperva CDN is based on resources acquired with Incapsula.
$0
Pricing
CloudflareImperva CDN
Editions & Modules
Pro
$20
per month
Business
$200
per month
Free
Free
Enterprise
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Free
$0
Pro
$59
per month
Business
$299
per month
Enterprise
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
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Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsFree 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.
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Community Pulse
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Considered Both Products
Cloudflare
Chose Cloudflare
While evaluating, I found Cloudflare to be more affordable and easier to use than Imperva CDN and offered more features, such as free SSL certificates, DDoS protection, and a content delivery network (CDN). As compared to Imperva CDN, Cloudflare offered the most complete set of …
Chose Cloudflare
CloudFlare has Incapsula beat in terms of ease of use and features for their lower level plans. Incapsula only allows API use on their Enterprise plan where-as CloudFlare allows it on all plans. Both great options, but CloudFlare is by far my preferred service.
Chose Cloudflare
CloudFlare is pretty similar to the Incapsula product in the CDN/WAF departments. Both have their own strengths and weaknesses. Comparing CloudFlare to OnApp; the OnApp CDN is superior due to the number of points of presence and variety of hosting companies that support those …
Imperva CDN

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Small Businesses

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Cloudflare
Cloudflare
Score 8.8 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
BIG-IP
BIG-IP
Score 9.0 out of 10
Cloudflare
Cloudflare
Score 8.8 out of 10
Enterprises
BIG-IP
BIG-IP
Score 9.0 out of 10
Amazon CloudFront
Amazon CloudFront
Score 8.6 out of 10
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User Ratings
CloudflareImperva CDN
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(159 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.7
(4 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Usability
8.5
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
9.5
(2 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Performance
9.5
(2 ratings)
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Support Rating
8.4
(128 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.7
(2 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Configurability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.2
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.5
(2 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.0
(1 ratings)
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Vendor pre-sale
8.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
CloudflareImperva CDN
Likelihood to Recommend
Cloudflare
It is easy to set up, and within 10 minutes it is up and running. You can add many domains in one dashboard. So no need for a separate Cloudflare account. I can access all my domain DNS, and customize/add it further. For example by adding the Google Webmaster DNS key or my email provider.
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Imperva
I recommend it as a WAF, but not as a CDN. There are better CDNs, in my case I use transparentCDN (now www.transparentedge.eu) and Edgecast (now Verizon CDN).
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Pros
Cloudflare
  • Registrar and DNS services are impeccable, with registrations done at cost and without ADs. DNS services setting standards for speed of resolution.
  • DDOS protection. With their content distribution network to back them they have the bandwidth and tools to be both proactive and reactive to bad actors.
  • WAF - Their Web Application Firewall helps mitigate common site vulnerabilities and has active zero-day protection running for breaking exploits
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Imperva
  • Reliability / Uptime
  • Security
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Cons
Cloudflare
  • In some cases, using Cloudflare can actually lead to slower website speeds if the network is congested or if the website's traffic is particularly heavy.
  • Some website owners may find that the level of customization offered by Cloudflare is limited, especially in comparison to other solutions.
  • While Cloudflare is easy to set up and manage, it may be too complex for users who are not familiar with web technologies.
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Imperva
  • CDN functionalities are secondary and cannot be compared to a top-level CDN.
  • The WebGUI interface of the dashboard is very improvable. They have been changing the UX for years and it is disjointed and with services that have not yet been migrated.
  • The analysis of WAF attack logs is insufficient. It is difficult to analyze attacks of past hours, event filters are missing. It is complicated to analyze the chronology of an attack.
  • There are extra modules to improve the attack logs analysis but they are expensive and add little.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cloudflare
lower cost
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Imperva
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Usability
Cloudflare
Everything is extremely concise and all settings apply immediately and take effect globally. There is no reason to explicitly plan/think in terms of individual regions as one would have to traditional cloud offerings (AWS, OCI, Azure). All Cloudflare products integrate seamless as part of a single pipeline that executes from request to response.
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Imperva
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Reliability and Availability
Cloudflare
In 6+ years of relying on Cloudflare, I think we experienced one or two brief outages that were Cloudflare's fault.
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Imperva
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Performance
Cloudflare
Their Argo for the global network is the core feature we love.
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Imperva
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Support Rating
Cloudflare
We really like to talk to a person on the phone or using chat. But the system is very slow and sending to much email to get the issue solve. Something we don't like to spend time writing on the community forum our issue because we don't want to share detail information of our POC.
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Imperva
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Implementation Rating
Cloudflare
Very well executed implementation where our team was able to handle the implementation with guidance.
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Imperva
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Alternatives Considered
Cloudflare
Firebase can be a good starter for basic projects but as I scaled up, I found it lacking the maturity Cloudflare has. Naturaly, I opted for Cloudflare for bigger projects. I still use Firebase, but for small scale hobby projects only.
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Imperva
Also TransparentCDN (now www.transparentedge.eu ) and Level 3
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Scalability
Cloudflare
They are built for scale and have the capacity to handle all the traffic we could ever expect to get.
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Imperva
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Return on Investment
Cloudflare
  • A lot of requests are cached and so egress costs from downstream providers are mitigated.
  • DDoS protection has also managed to keep our site up and our cloud computing bill down.
  • Setting up a proxy with a worker made putting various Google Cloud Functions running behind a single URL very easy and performant. Plus they offer API Shield on top of this.
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Imperva
  • It's an expensive product if you have a lot of traffic volume, but I feel confident with their WAF.
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