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"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 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."

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"They have a fantastic tool for analyzing and viewing your traffic."

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Cons
"They are already very flexible, but room for improvement is there. Reports generation could be better and should 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."

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"It's fine for a simple tool, but as I recall, if you encounter a lot of bots, scrapers, and other things, you'll need this tool bot and this other thing they offer called Bot Manager."

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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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    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 »
    Top Answer:We primarily use the solution as an application firewall.
    Top Answer:They have a fantastic tool for analyzing and viewing your traffic.
    Top Answer:Cost depends on the volume of traffic. I'm not even going to give you a number because everything is priced individually for you, the customer, based on traffic. It's a four out of five. It works… more »
    Top Answer:The custom rules were difficult to use. Overall, it works well. I don't have many complaints about it. Because it's a lower-end tool, it's not very good at dealing with bots and requires the use of a… 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.

    With limited security expertise, protecting your web applications is a daunting task. Web Application Protector provides automated web application firewall (WAF) and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection that’s designed to offload the complexity associated with a traditional WAF. Easy to deploy and manage, Web Application Protector is backed by the scale and reliability of the Akamai Intelligent Edge Platform ― so you worry less about threats and focus more on growing your business.

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    AvidMobile, itBit
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    Top Industries
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    Leisure / Travel Company29%
    Retailer14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Retailer5%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Insurance Company8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business30%
    Large Enterprise70%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Akamai Kona Site Defender is ranked 12th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 4 reviews while Akamai Web Application Protector is ranked 22nd in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 1 review. Akamai Kona Site Defender is rated 8.0, while Akamai Web Application Protector is rated 7.0. 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 Akamai Web Application Protector writes "Effective, feature-rich, and reliable, but they don't provide a free tier like Cloudflare". Akamai Kona Site Defender is most compared with AWS WAF, Akamai Prolexic Routed, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Cloudflare and F5 Shape Security, whereas Akamai Web Application Protector is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Akamai Kona DDoS Defender, Azure Front Door, AWS WAF and Radware Kubernetes WAF.

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