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

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"We were looking for a product that is capable of complete automation and a container based solution. It's working.""The most valuable feature is that I can establish different services from the firewall.""The most valuable feature is that there is a link in the system that will help to analyze the security of an application when something abnormal is found.""WAF is useful to track mitigation, inclusion, prevention, and the parametric firewall."

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Cons
"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.""Support and the pricing need to improve.""The pricing could be reduced a bit.""They are already very flexible, but room for improvement is there. Reports generation could be better and should be improved.""Could integrate more features for each security."

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"The configuration needs to be more flexible because it is difficult to do things that are outside of the ordinary.""It's challenging if you need to go for a high throughput.""As far as scalability, it takes a long time for deployment.""Setting policies and parameters through the UI should be more automated because the process is manual, where we can only edit one rule at a time."

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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 licensing fees for this solution are pretty expensive for what it does, but there is no alternative."
  • "Our licensing costs are about $40,000 a year."
  • "Really understand the licensing model, because we underestimated that."
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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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    We were looking for a product that is capable of complete automation and a container based solution. It's working.
    Top Answer: 
    The licensing is yearly, and we have two teams using NGINX App Protect. Just our team has a yearly fee of maybe $25,000. It's not a lot, but it's because we made decisions on the architecture style to… more »
    Top Answer: 
    The solution is working on OpenShift, but we have the feeling the product was designed not only for OpenShift or a container-based solution to operate. In addition, they have a messy license model… more »
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    Also Known As
    Kona Site Defender, Kona
    NGINX WAF, NGINX Web Application Firewall
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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.

    NGINX App Protect application security solution combines the efficacy of advanced F5 web application firewall (WAF) technology with the agility and performance of NGINX Plus. The solution runs natively on NGINX Plus and addresses some of the most difficult challenges facing modern DevOps environments:

    • Integrating security controls directly into the development automation pipeline
    • Applying and managing security for modern and distributed application environments such as containers and microservices
    • Providing the right level of security controls without impacting release and go-to-market velocity
    • Complying with security and regulatory requirements

    NGINX App Protect offers:

    • Expanded security beyond basic signatures to ensure adequate controls
    • F5 app‑security technology for efficacy superior to ModSecurity and other WAFs
    • Confidently run in “blocking” mode in production with proven F5 expertise
    • High‑confidence signatures for extremely low false positives
    • Increases visibility, integrating with third‑party analytics solutions
    • Integrates security and WAF natively into the CI/CD pipeline
    • Deploys as a lightweight software package that is agnostic of underlying infrastructure
    • Facilitates declarative policies for “security as code” and integration with DevOps tools
    • Decreases developer burden and provides feedback loop for quick security remediation
    • Accelerates time to market and reduces costs with DevSecOps‑automated security
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    Sample Customers
    AvidMobile, itBit
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    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Retailer5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business30%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Find out what your peers are saying about Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. NGINX App Protect 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 NGINX App Protect is ranked 12th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 4 reviews. Akamai Kona Site Defender is rated 8.2, while NGINX App Protect is rated 7.6. 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 NGINX App Protect writes "A stable system with good security and load balancing". Akamai Kona Site Defender is most compared with AWS WAF, Akamai Prolexic Routed, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Cloudflare and F5 Shape Security, whereas NGINX App Protect is most compared with F5 Advanced WAF, AWS WAF, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Azure Front Door and Sqreen. See our Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. NGINX App Protect report.

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