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Pros
"The CDN and the WAF features are the best.""The features are powerful and better than F5.""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.""The most valuable feature is the DDoS protection, which is the main reason we got it.""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."

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"There are quite a few useful Imperva Incapsula features. For example, one of them is the reports. The graphics are very good and it's easy to configure. The whole process is very fast and reliable too. They have good tech support as well.""It blocks all types of attacks.""There is no need to have an appliance in house for the services because it is on the cloud.""It is an effective threat mitigation tool.""Its unique interface for managing security performance and ease of use are the most valuable features of this solution.""DDoS protection and WAF are the most valuable features. It is easy to deploy a service. It is easy and quick to deploy to a new website.""The solution is very good at intercepting traffic before it gets to our data centers.""The most valuable features for us are the DDoS and Bot."

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Cons
"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.""They are already very flexible, but room for improvement is there. Reports generation could be better and should be improved.""The interface is a little bit clunky and can be improved.""The pricing could be reduced a bit.""Support and the pricing need to improve."

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"Its price could be improved. It is quite expensive. It will be good if we could export the configuration. Currently, to control the configuration, we need to go to each website, which is not very convenient.""Imperva should have more points of presence in Africa.""The log analytics interface within Incapsula isn't really good. For example, if you have to get all logs from there, it's a very cumbersome process.""The weakest point of Imperva is their first level of support, which should be improved. They should also improve the access and security logs viewing directly on the portal. I would like to see better access and security logs through the portal and not only through a SIM solution. Currently, if you want to explore your access and security logs from Imperva, you need a SIM tool or a SIM infrastructure on your side to do it. You can't do it manually or directly through the portal, which is a big problem for us. I had a call yesterday with Imperva for the roadmap, and I just told them this. They agreed that this is an improvement point from their side.""Users would benefit from better documentation. There is official documentation, but sometimes we need more detail. We have some use cases that are not so run of the mill. It would be great if there was a knowledge base that we could go to for more answers.""The product could use a broader scope in the area of policies.""A limited tool if you're looking to customize.""It's quite expensive."

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"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.""Akamai is very expensive.""There is no license at all for Akamai. They are going to charge us only for the usage."

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"It is not expensive compared to the other similar solutions in this category.""The cost is on par with other solutions such as Cloudflare and Akamai.""It is expensive.""It is a very expensive solution. The price is very high. A lot of customers tell us that they would love to use Imperva more. I have some customers who have 50 websites, but they have only 10 websites on Imperva because of the price. They would love to have all their websites running through Imperva, but they can't. They have to choose the more critical websites to protect because the price is very high. It is a very good product, but it is too expensive. If you buy a plan for 20 megabytes and you don't consume all of your 20 megabytes, it is okay, but if you consume more, you are charged for the superior traffic.""The cost is somewhere around $10,000 a site. For every site, you pay individually. For every DNS entry, you have you pay."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The solution can scale extremely well.
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 »
Top Answer: We primarily use the solution as an application firewall.
Top Answer: Simplifies putting everything in code.
Top Answer: This is a very limited tool if you're looking to customize. It would be helpful if Imperva would provide additional resources for Terraform that can easily be deployed. There are some cases where… more »
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Also Known As
Kona Site Defender, Kona
Incapsula
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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.

Imperva Incapsula is a cloud-based application delivery service that protects websites and safeguards web applications and their data from attacks, and improves their performance by enhancing user experience. Incapsula includes a security platform with a web application firewall, DDoS mitigation, content delivery network, and global load balancer to maximize performance.

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Sample Customers
AvidMobile, itBit
Hitachi, BNZ, Bitstamp, Moz, InnoGames, BTCChina, Wix, LivePerson, Zillow and more.
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Financial Services Firm15%
Comms Service Provider14%
Retailer5%
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Financial Services Firm15%
Non Tech Company12%
Marketing Services Firm9%
Insurance Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider25%
Financial Services Firm7%
Media Company6%
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Small Business30%
Large Enterprise70%
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Small Business46%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise41%
Find out what your peers are saying about Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Imperva Incapsula and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Akamai Kona Site Defender is ranked 8th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 6 reviews while Imperva Incapsula is ranked 5th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 11 reviews. Akamai Kona Site Defender is rated 8.2, while Imperva Incapsula is rated 8.4. 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 Imperva Incapsula writes "There is not too much to know but that it is one of the best products of this type that you can get". Akamai Kona Site Defender is most compared with Akamai Prolexic Routed, AWS WAF, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Cloudflare and Azure DDoS Protection, whereas Imperva Incapsula is most compared with Cloudflare, Imperva Web Application Firewall, AWS WAF, Akamai and Imperva SecureSphere Database Security. See our Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Imperva Incapsula report.

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