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We performed a comparison between Akamai Kona Site Defender and Arbor DDoS based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Arbor DDoS Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"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 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 were huge attacks in October, around 62 attacks at 30 gigabits per second, at one of our banks. We used Arbor DDoS to mitigate these attacks, and it performed great.""We have taken on the Arbor Cloud subscription, which is really useful because you secure yourself for anything beyond your current mitigation capacity. This is a really good feature of Arbor that is available.""It is fully mitigating the attacks. We've dealt with other ones where we didn't necessarily see that. The detection is very good. It's also very simple to use. Arbor is a single pane of glass, whereas with other solutions you might have a detection pane of glass and then have to go to a separate interface to deal with the mitigation. That single pane of glass makes it much simpler.""The technical support of Arbor DDoS is good.""The stateless device format means that the box is very strong for preventing DDoS attacks.""Companies that live from their presence on the internet will get a very high return on investment from Arbor.""The stability is okay and we have not encountered problems with the solution.""The solution provides good protection against volumetric DDoS attacks."

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Cons
"Support and the pricing need to improve.""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.""It would be better if there weren't any issues with latency. We had latency issues, but I think they are all solved now."

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"The solution needs to enhance its features to compete with other tools.""On the application layer, they could have a better distributed traffic flow. They could improve that a bit. For network data it is very effective, but the application layer can be improved.""The solution could be more granular to include logs per second and enhanced pipeline monitoring for router licenses.""An improvement to Arbor DDoS would be to make evaluation licenses and virtual machines available.""We need a SaaS model for the solution.""There is always room for improvement for any product or service. If we can bring in more agility when deploying services, that is definitely a scope which we can work towards. Nowadays, everything is being offered as a service model. It is not that we have to deploy the physical hardware, many things move up to the cloud, or even can be delivered in the VNS form in the customer's environment as well. So, in that space, if we can add more features to make it more seamless for customers to use and make it available through some marketplace, not only at the hyperscalers, but also for any on-prem deployment, that definitely would be a big plus.""Arbor's SSL decryption is confusing and needs external cards to be installed in the devices. This is not the best solution from an architectural point of view for protecting HTTPS and every other protocol that is SSL encrypted.""The regional support here in African could improve, such as marketing and account managers."

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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 solution is a bit costly if you're a small organization, but I think it's worth the price that they are charging."
  • "Arbor DDoS is quite expensive, but all these solutions are expensive because they deal with confidential information."
  • "We do not use the Arbor Cloud DDoS solution because it is too costly."
  • "You need to find a way to get a good offering from Arbor by negotiating a price. That is the challenge."
  • "There is room for improvement with the pricing. It is an expensive solution. The issue with the pricing is more the way it is built. Right now we're paying per router, and there's a limitation there. I would like to see bundle-pricing where there is an overall solution cost."
  • "The licensing of a complete Arbor solution, including fire-walling and unified site management, can get expensive."
  • "The price of this solution is a little high in the African market, it should be lower."
  • "The price is a little high."
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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:I would say if it’s an ISP that will build a scrubbing center, Netscout/Arbor is a good solution. In all other solutions, Imperva is a great choice.
    Top Answer:Arbor would be the best bid, apart from Arbor, Palo Alto and Fortinet have good solutions. As this is an ISP, I would prefer Arbor.
    Top Answer:The stateless device format means that the box is very strong for preventing DDoS attacks.
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    Also Known As
    Kona Site Defender, Kona
    Arbor Networks SP, Arbor Networks TMS, Arbor Cloud for ENT
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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.

    Arbor Networks, the security division of NETSCOUT, is driven to protect the infrastructure and ecosystem of the internet. It is the principle upon which we were founded in 2000; and remains the common thread that runs through all that we do today. Arbor’s approach is rooted in the study of network traffic. Arbor’s suite of visibility, DDoS protection and advanced threat solutions provide customers with a micro view of their network enhanced by a macro view of global internet traffic and emerging threats through our ATLAS infrastructure. Sourced from more than 300 service provider customers, ATLAS delivers intelligence based on insight into approximately 1/3 of global internet traffic. Supported by Arbor’s Security Engineering & Response Team (ASERT), smart workflows and rich user context, Arbor’s network insights help customers see, understand, and solve the most complex and consequential security challenges facing their organizations.

    With Arbor DDoS you can automatically identify and stop all types of DDoS attacks and other cyber threats before they impact the availability of business-critical services.


    Arbor DDoS is an intelligently automated combination of in-cloud and on-premises DDoS attack protection that is continuously backed by global threat intelligence and expertise.

    Arbor DDoS Features and Benefits:

    • Global DDoS Protection: Arbor DDoS is an all-in-one solution offering carrier-agnostic, global DDoS protection that is backed by world-class security intelligence as well as industry leading DDoS protection products.
    • Worldwide scrubbing centers: Arbor DDoS offers comprehensive protection from the largest DDoS attacks.
    • Cloud Only and/or Hybrid Protection: The solution provides the flexibility to design comprehensive DDoS protection that fits your specific environment. It can be deployed as a cloud-only and/or an intelligent combination of in-cloud and on-premise DDoS protection.
    • Global Threat Intelligence: Arbor DDoS protection is continuously armed with the latest global threat intelligence from Netscout’s response team.
    • Automated DDoS Attack Detection and Mitigation: DDoS attacks can be automatically detected and routed to Arbor Cloud global scrubbing centers for mitigation.
    • Managed Services: To manage and optimize your on-premise DDoS protection, you can rely upon the industry-leading expertise of Arbor Networks.
    • Multi-layered Approach: As part of a layered approach to DDoS protection, Arbor Cloud provides in-cloud protection from advanced and high-volume DDoS attacks, all without interrupting access to your applications or services. Arbor Cloud’s automated or on-demand traffic scrubbing service defends against volumetric DDoS attacks that are too large to be mitigated on premises.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    Below are some of the many reasons why PeerSpot users are giving Arbor DDoS an 8 out of 10 rating:

    "We use it not only for DDoS detection and protection, but we also use it for traffic analysis and capacity planning as well. We've also been able to extend the use of it to other security measures within our company, the front-line defense, not only for DDoS, but for any kind of scanning malware that may be picked up. It's also used for outbound attacks, which has helped us mitigate those and lower our bandwidth costs.” - Roman L, Sr. Security Engineer at Rackspace

    "We have taken on the Arbor Cloud subscription, which is really useful because you secure yourself for anything beyond your current mitigation capacity. This is a really good feature of Arbor that is available.” - Assistant General Manager at a comms service provider

    “It is fully mitigating the attacks. We've dealt with other ones where we didn't necessarily see that. The detection is very good. It's also very simple to use. Arbor is a single pane of glass, whereas with other solutions you might have a detection pane of glass and then have to go to a separate interface to deal with the mitigation. That single pane of glass makes it much simpler." - Erik N., Product Manager, MSx Security Services at TPx Communications

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    Top Industries
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    Leisure / Travel Company29%
    Retailer14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Insurance Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider59%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Media Company9%
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    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Insurance Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business30%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise72%
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    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Arbor DDoS
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Arbor DDoS and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    656,474 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Akamai Kona Site Defender is ranked 6th in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection with 4 reviews while Arbor DDoS is ranked 1st in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection with 16 reviews. Akamai Kona Site Defender is rated 8.0, while Arbor DDoS is rated 8.6. 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 Arbor DDoS writes "The Cloud subscription makes the scalability limitless and you secure yourself for anything beyond your current mitigation capacity". Akamai Kona Site Defender is most compared with AWS WAF, Akamai Prolexic Routed, Cloudflare Web Application Firewall, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and Imperva DDoS, whereas Arbor DDoS is most compared with Cloudflare, Radware DefensePro, Corero and Palo Alto Networks WildFire. See our Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Arbor DDoS report.

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