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Find out what your peers are saying about Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Barracuda Web Application Firewall and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"The CDN and the WAF features are the best.""The features are powerful and better than F5.""The most valuable feature is the custom rules feature. This is because many of our customers require a lot of custom rules. Because it's a very customized project for our customers, I think they have the best of everything already.""The solution can scale extremely well.""The most valuable feature is the DDoS protection, which is the main reason we got it.""I like that the charges are all based on usage and labor costs. For the time that we spend onboarding almost 252020 FQDN, Akamai charges us only for the traffic usage, but it's only charging us for the labor costs for onboarding."

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"The solution offers multiple security features. There are machine learning features and great URL encryption. It also offers multi-protocol support against DDoS attacks.""The solution has been quite stable. It's reliable.""The solution is user-friendly and easy to set up.""The stability of the solution is good. I don't think we've experienced bugs, crashes, or glitches.""Its recommendation about the probabilities on the website is great. It also has free probability managers for the website, which is really helpful. The protection engine, signature-based protection behavior, and analysis features are also great. It also has an ATP module for sandbox scanning and behavior analysis for file uploads.""Barracuda Web Application Firewall provides optimized performance, a user-friendly environment, helpful dashboards, and is simple to use.""Our customers value the solution's simplicity.""The installation is straightforward."

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Cons
"Support and the pricing need to improve.""They are already very flexible, but room for improvement is there. Reports generation could be better and should be improved.""The pricing could be reduced a bit.""The interface is a little bit clunky and can be improved.""It would be better if there weren't any issues with latency. We had latency issues, but I think they are all solved now.""Could integrate more features for each security."

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"Its interface can be better. It is not very friendly.""Sometimes when we put it in action, we have some blogs that appear as false positives. I think that it's improving. Barracuda should minimize false positives.""While the UI is good, it can get a little bit complicated.""As most people are aware, the implementation is not easy.""The solution needs to leverage some additional features to a broader scale of software-defined networks.""I have found F5 more stable than Barracuda Web Application Firewall. They should improve the stability.""The reporting aspect of the solution needs improvement. I don't find that it's very good. They could do some work on it to make it much better. It's not that the reporting isn't secure. It's just that I would prefer to store my reports for an extended period of time. Right now, that's not possible and I'd prefer it if that could change. I also would say that the reports themselves are expensive.""Barracuda Web Application Firewall's load balancing feature could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Akamai is very expensive."
  • "There is no license at all for Akamai. They are going to charge us only for the usage."
  • "The price they are offering is quite reasonable for premium customers, but it's very expensive if you're a small and medium-sized enterprises."
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  • "The price of the solution is a little expensive. There is a license for this solution and it can be purchased every one, two, or five years."
  • "While I would have to check on the price of the solution, I feel it to be okay and it matches the market price."
  • "The price is reasonable, more so than other products."
  • "They only offer a yearly licensing plan."
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    Questions from the Community
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    The product really isn't very user-friendly. They could improve it so that it's easier for their customers to navigate and use. From a management perspective, it's difficult. Managing these rules with… more »
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    We primarily use the solution as an application firewall.
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    We are using the Barracuda Web Application Firewall for website content and front-end web application protection.
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    Also Known As
    Kona Site Defender, Kona
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    Overview
    Akamai's Kona Site Defender extends security beyond the data center while maintaining site performance and availability in the face of fast-changing threats. It leverages the power of the Akamai Intelligent Platform to detect, identify and mitigate Denial-of-Service (DoS) and Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks before they ever reach the origin.

    Barracuda Web Application Firewall is a game-changing cloud-connected security solution that enables organizations to safeguard both their applications and their data from an ever-growing array of advanced cyber threats. It offers protection from cyber attacks that target not only data and applications stored on the cloud but also those that are housed on web servers. 43% of the time a breach takes place via a compromised application. Barracuda Web Application Firewall prevents these types of breaches from occurring.

    Barracuda Web Application Firewall denies hackers the ability to penetrate your system by using a number of techniques to keep your organization safely insulated. The first method of protection consists of two parts. The first part involves a thorough scanning of all inbound web traffic. This solution monitors everything that comes into the system. It employs IP reputation intelligence, which filters all incoming data. If the source of the data has a bad reputation, it is blocked by the firewall. Administrators now have a way of locking out many common threats that could otherwise compromise sensitive networks. These scans can also allow administrators to protect their systems from within as DLP (Data Loss Prevention) protocols. If any sensitive data attempts to leave, administrators will automatically be alerted and the data will be blocked from exiting.

    Barracuda Web Application Firewall can also be set up to apply the AAA (Authentication, Authorization & Accounting) framework to an organization’s network. If an intruder manages to get past the authentication stage, the authorization protocols kick in. After the authorization stage comes accounting, which works by tracking and logging users’ activities so that administrators will be in a position to prevent long-term damage from being done. This three-step process can be implemented without requiring administrators to make changes to their applications.

    Key Features

    Some of Barracuda Web Application Firewall’s key features include:

    • The ability to employ adaptive profiling. Administrators will have an easier time enforcing security policies once this feature is enabled. It takes data from safe sources and builds profiles that can be used to create whitelisting protocols that prevent unsafe actions from occurring on the system.
    • The ability to assess threats in real time. Barracuda Web Application Firewall uses machine learning to detect new threats and attacks as they emerge.
    • The ability to manage the Barracuda Web Application Firewall system from a single interface. Administrators can manage their Barracuda Web Application Firewall configurations from one centralized location.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Barracuda Web Application Firewall stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. One of the main ones is the robustness of the solution. Users are given access to a vast variety of security features in a single product.

    PeerSpot user Muhammed S., a Presales Solutions Architect at Hilal Computers, notes this when he writes, "The solution offers multiple security features. There are machine learning features and great URL encryption. It also offers multi-protocol support against DDoS attacks."

    Other reviewers note that Barracuda Web Application Firewall is user-friendly, easy to set up, stable, and reliable.

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    Sample Customers
    AvidMobile, itBit
    Oracle, CBS, Pioneer, Hyundai, Publix, Barnes Noble, Calzedonia, Nordstrom, Samsung, Nascar
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Media Company5%
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    Comms Service Provider30%
    Maritime Company20%
    Wholesaler/Distributor10%
    Non Profit10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business30%
    Large Enterprise70%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business64%
    Midsize Enterprise5%
    Large Enterprise32%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Barracuda Web Application Firewall and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Akamai Kona Site Defender is ranked 8th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 6 reviews while Barracuda Web Application Firewall is ranked 7th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 13 reviews. Akamai Kona Site Defender is rated 8.2, while Barracuda Web Application Firewall is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Akamai Kona Site Defender writes "Great technical support, scales extremely well, and is very stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Barracuda Web Application Firewall writes "Reliable and stable with a straightforward setup". Akamai Kona Site Defender is most compared with AWS WAF, Akamai Prolexic Routed, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Cloudflare and F5 Shape Security, whereas Barracuda Web Application Firewall is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Fortinet FortiWeb, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), HAProxy and Radware AppWall. See our Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Barracuda Web Application Firewall report.

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