Akamai Edge DNS vs Cloudflare comparison


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Categories and Ranking

Akamai Edge DNS
Ranking in Managed DNS
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Domain Name System (DNS) Security (10th)
Ranking in Managed DNS
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
CDN (1st), Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection (1st), Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) (11th)

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Managed DNS category, the mindshare of Akamai Edge DNS is 3.7%, up from 3.0% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Cloudflare is 111.6%, up from 71.2% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Managed DNS
Unique Categories:
Domain Name System (DNS) Security
Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection

Featured Reviews

Oct 16, 2023
A very stable solution with strong security features and an easy initial setup phase
One thing that I wanted and was expecting from Akamai Edge DNS was CNAME flattening. CNAME flattening is a feature that Akamai does not support. Apart from Akamai, the other DNS providers support CNAME flattening. CNAME flattening is basically a feature to give you a short summary wherein your naked domain or naked record has CNAME associated with it. Ideally, only subdomains can have a CNAME as per the RFC protocol, but for special cases, if you want your naked domain or top-level domain to be associated with a CNAME instead of an IP, you can do it with CNAME flattening. In a way, it is good that Akamai doesn't have CNAME flattening and follows RFC protocol. It is important to consider that there are many use cases where it could have been easier to deal with them if Akamai had the feature named CNAME flattening. I would also like to see something like APEX's sentry function in Akamai Edge DNS.
Eddy Ramirez - PeerSpot reviewer
Mar 20, 2023
Fair pricing, a straihgtforward setup, and good security capabilities
I use the solution for DNS management.  What I do is every domain we have has some web resources available. Instead of sending everything directly to my web server, what we do is send all the DNS requests for that domain to Cloudflare. It is DNS security enabled to defend those websites from…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"It is a very stable solution since it has a security feature that allows you to recover zone files if you accidentally delete them."
"DDoS attacks target unprotected machines. Cloudflare detects and stops these attacks using internal systems. It identifies incoming DDoS attacks, issuing challenges or blocking them immediately."
"From what I've seen so far, there are no negatives to report as of yet"
"The solution provides good load balancing and protection against DDoS attacks."
"Centralized, full-featured DNS."
"Many websites require an SSL certificate because they sell stuff and want SSL. Cloudflare comes with an SSL certificate built in. It's automatic. You sign yourself up for Cloudflare, and an SSL certificate automatically protects your website. You don't necessarily need a certificate if you have a connection between your website and your host, the server, Cloudflare, and the host."
"I get a lot of value from Cloudflare's API because it enables you to build a separate environment inside the solution. You can create a domain for performing test requests before you move to the production environment and connect various domains."
"The most valuable feature of Cloudflare is that it has a free version. They give us the free version with the anti-DDoS features and also the load balancing solution."
"The technical support is good."


"CNAME flattening is a feature that Akamai does not support."
"We have noticed multiple instances where Cloudflare falsely indicates that our servers are down, even when there is no actual load on them. This makes it challenging for us to identify the exact issue."
"We are a product integrator and reseller, and we would like to have a better partner relationship, similar to a channel sales relationship. Sometimes we are on our own or get diverted by Cloudflare because they have direct sales, which competes with us and makes it difficult to build a relationship with this company since we want to be an MSP or a managed service provider for the solution."
"Cloudflare should add more documentation and pricing to the cloud version."
"It would be good if Cloudflare could have more servers for better traffic routing or an increase in the traffic routed. This is what I'd like to improve in Cloudflare."
"They lack a good way to manage DNS as a company, since everything is relegated to single account logins until you get to the higher levels. They have come out with a paid feature to remedy this, but I have not had a chance to fully review it yet to know if it fixes the access problem."
"The solution could work at being less expensive. It costs a lot to use it."
"The timing aspect can lead to it being considered overpriced. This is a particular concern we have with Cloudflare, as they may struggle with accurately detecting the client."
"Cloudflare could offer a better view or maybe dashboards of the main resources used in the client."

Pricing and Cost Advice

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"The pricing depends on the usage, but the cheapest would be around 5,000 USD a month."
"A free version of the solution is available."
"In terms of licensing costs, we don't pay for licensing for Cloudflare. We only establish communication, then for peering, Cloudflare takes care of the cross-connection in different data centers."
"I give the price a five out of ten."
"There are no additional costs beyond the standard licensing fees."
"I believe their performance has improved, but I'd like to refrain from discussing the pricing aspect related to the cloud. The pricing, in my opinion, could be simplified, and I think they should consider reevaluating the pricing for support, as it can be quite high. At times, this cost can make it challenging to choose CARFAGuard or opt for the support."
"Cloudflare's pricing is not much higher and is good for middle-level organizations."
"We are using the free version."
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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Akamai Edge DNS?
It is a very stable solution since it has a security feature that allows you to recover zone files if you accidentally delete them.
What needs improvement with Akamai Edge DNS?
One thing that I wanted and was expecting from Akamai Edge DNS was CNAME flattening. CNAME flattening is a feature that Akamai does not support. Apart from Akamai, the other DNS providers support C...
What is your primary use case for Akamai Edge DNS?
There is not much of a big use case related to the solution in our company. In our company, we have the DNS for all the domains configured in Akamai Edge DNS. The only use cases I can see with Akam...
Which is the best DDoS protection solution for a big ISP for monitoring and mitigating?
Cloudflare. We are moving from Akamai prolexic to Cloudflare. Cloudflare anycast network outperforms Akamai static GRE tunnels. We have decreased site load times on Mobile 3G from 8 to 1,6 seconds ...
Which would you choose - Cloudflare DNS or Quad9?
Cloudflare DNS is a very fast, very reliable public DNS resolver. It is an enterprise-grade authoritative DNS service that offers great redundancy and advanced security with built-in unmetered and ...
What do you like most about Cloudflare?
Cloudflare offers CDN and DDoS protection. We have the front end, API, and database in how you structure applications.



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