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Find out what your peers are saying about Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Cloudflare and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"The CDN and the WAF features are the best.""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 features are powerful and better than F5.""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.""The solution can scale extremely well."

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"From what I've seen so far, there are no negatives to report as of yet""There are key things that are used for our enterprise customers, such as Lambda and DNS.""The most valuable feature is the web application firewall.""The solution is very good at mitigating threats.""It is easier to configure and develop documentation to see how we have configured firewalls.""The DDoS protection is the most valuable aspect of the solution.""New and innovative way to protect the client's data.""It's very user-friendly."

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

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"It should have easier documentation for the configuration. It's very technical and people who aren't technical should also be able to do the configuration.""The solution could work at being less expensive. It costs a lot to use it.""The solution could use more analytics on the backend to give us more insights into everything. More reports would be helpful.""There are some issues with the CDN services.""There should be a specific price list for enterprise-level customers.""Technical support is lacking.""Latencies are always a problem.""Although I think it's quite good, it doesn't provide me with all the features I would expect to have if I were using Imperva."

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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 cost primarily depends on the size of the organization."
  • "We don't have any issues with the price."
  • "The price is reasonable."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    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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    There are key things that are used for our enterprise customers, such as Lambda and DNS.
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    Latencies are always a problem. Also, one thing I would say is you have to maintain DNS through their services. I don't know if that's a requirement or not. Latencies are the key issue. If you are not… more »
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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.

    Cloudflare is the leading performance and security company helping to build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers more than 9 million Internet applications. More than 10 trillion Internet requests flow through Cloudflare’s network each month, accounting for nearly 10% of all Internet requests globally.

    Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with each new site added. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.

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    Sample Customers
    AvidMobile, itBit
    Trusted by over 9,000,000 Internet Applications and APIs, including Nasdaq, Zendesk, Crunchbase, Steve Madden, OkCupid, Cisco, Quizlet, Discord and more.
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Retailer5%
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    Energy/Utilities Company14%
    Marketing Services Firm14%
    Engineering Company14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Media Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business30%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Small Business68%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise16%
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    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Akamai Kona Site Defender is ranked 4th in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection with 6 reviews while Cloudflare is ranked 3rd in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection with 8 reviews. Akamai Kona Site Defender is rated 8.2, while Cloudflare is rated 8.2. 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 Cloudflare writes "Robust, secure and innovative; technical support needs to be improved". Akamai Kona Site Defender is most compared with AWS WAF, Akamai Prolexic Routed, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, F5 Shape Security and Imperva Web Application Firewall, whereas Cloudflare is most compared with Imperva Incapsula, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Azure Front Door, Palo Alto Networks WildFire and Akamai Prolexic Routed. See our Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Cloudflare report.

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