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Likelihood to Recommend

NGINX

Nginx is well suited for serving any static content - whether that be images, JS files, HTML files, CSS files, videos, etc. If you have a high-traffic website, Nginx will be a great fit because it handles large number of requests extremely efficiently. Nginx has full support on Unix systems, but only has limited support on Microsoft Windows machines.
Gabriel Samaroo | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall WAF Series

SonicWall Web Application Firewall is appropriate to stay on the edge of our network and inspect all data that comes and goes in order to preserve the health of the network. In these scenarios, we are protected from DoS and DDoS attacks, malware threats, ransomware attacks, data theft, and others. Sonicwall's web application and threat management is intelligent and interrogates the behavior, communication logic, and, in addition, any changes and anomalies in the protocol.
Camila Yamamoto | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

NGINX

  • Straight-forward configuration format that users of all skill levels can learn, and yet is powerful enough for the huge breadth of features that Nginx provides.
  • Massive scale right out the box. We've never had a Nginx instance overwhelmed by requests, and if we did it would be trivial to spin up more Nginx instances to handle the load.
  • SSL termination means that we can deliver content over HTTPS without needing our individual services to require TLS support. This saves us a lot of time and headache while keeping us secure.
  • Nginx is open-source and free, meaning that anyone can use it to power their services, from individual projects to billion-dollar websites.
Tyler Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall WAF Series

  • Content updates are automatic content lists of applications, URLs, virtual threats.
  • Great visualization through graphics of traffic and threats.
  • One of the best web content filters on the market.
Camila Yamamoto | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

SonicWall WAF Series

  • Requires basic firewall knowledge and learning
  • A little complicated to configure at the beginning
  • Support is a little expensive.
Camila Yamamoto | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

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

SonicWall WAF Series

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Support Rating

NGINX

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

SonicWall WAF Series

SonicWall WAF Series 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Technical support is a little expensive but it works. Any technical problem or not, SonicWall support helps in solving the problems. The SLA is fast and the service is also cordial, functional, and straight to the point. Support is essential to keep the tool always up-to-date with lists of malware, URLs, attacks, and others.
Camila Yamamoto | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

NGINX

Nginx struck the right balance for us of raw speed, power, convenience, and simplicity.
  • I don't like the idea of hosting all of our open source PHP-based websites on Microsoft Windows servers with IIS, so that option was out first.
  • Next, we had experience with Apache already, and were initially considering sticking with that, however it was decided that it would take too much administration time to properly configure and tune the server, especially considering it would need to occur on an ongoing basis.
  • I've personally had experience with Litespeed Web Server, but we wanted something a little bit lower level--we don't need to actually manage our virtual hosts within an admin UI, and we wanted to stick with open source as much as possible. One huge benefit of Litespeed, however, is that it's .htaccess-compatible, meaning it's a much smaller transition from Apache in some cases.
  • LightTPD was the closest contender to Nginx when all was said and done. We chose Nginx because some of us were more familiar with it or had some experience with it, and Nginx seemed to have more documentation and resources online for finding assistance at the time.
Ben McClure | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall WAF Series

No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

NGINX

  • Improved the reliability of our site. Before using Nginx, with Apache as our app server, there were times when we had to manually go in and restart Apache to bring the site back online. We've never had to do that with Nginx.
  • Made our web server more memory efficient -- Nginx has a very small memory footprint, on the order of under 100 MB. This makes it suitable even for cheap VPS machines.
  • The Nginx community provides online examples of configurations, so it saves us time in writing the config files from scratch.
Anand Chhatpar | TrustRadius Reviewer

SonicWall WAF Series

  • More accurate analysis with the best usage reports and graphs
  • Reduction of virtual attacks from blocks
Camila Yamamoto | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

NGINX

General

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

NGINX Editions & Modules

Edition
NGINX Plus - Basic$2,5001
NGINX Plus - Professional$3,5001
NGINX Plus - Enterprise$5,0001
NGINX WAF - Add-on$2,0001
  1. per instance
Additional Pricing Details

SonicWall WAF Series

General

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

SonicWall WAF Series Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

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