Akamai Kona Site Defender vs Barracuda Web Application Firewall comparison

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We performed a comparison between Akamai Kona Site Defender and Barracuda Web Application Firewall based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Web Application Firewall (WAF) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The solution can scale extremely well.""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 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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"What I like most about Barracuda Web Application Firewall is its availability. I also like that it's an easy-to-use solution.""The solution ensures layer seven is secure from attacks.""The solution has been quite stable. It's reliable.""The installation is straightforward.""The solution is user-friendly and easy to set up.""Even when we were upgrading to a new OS, we didn't have any difficulties with the product. The stability is good.""Barracuda Web Application Firewall provides optimized performance, a user-friendly environment, helpful dashboards, and is simple to use.""Setup of this solution is straightforward. It's a stable and scalable solution, with good performance and fast technical support."

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"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.""They are already very flexible, but room for improvement is there. Reports generation could be better and should be improved.""Support and the pricing need to improve."

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"The GUI needs to be improved because it sometimes hangs and needs to be restarted.""Barracuda Web Application Firewall's load balancing feature could be improved.""I have found F5 more stable than Barracuda Web Application Firewall. They should improve the stability.""It would be better if their updates would be released annually.""An area for improvement in Barracuda Web Application Firewall is attack identification. Other banks identified attacks and tracked logs that the solution wasn't able to identify because of its ready-made rules pre-deployed by the vendor. My organization raised this issue with the technical support team. Another area to improve in Barracuda Web Application Firewall is its service desk. The team resorted to stonewalling because they couldn't accept that a feature was missing in the solution, and it was only after a lot of drilling down that the service desk team accepted that, and would be adding that feature in the future. My organization had to submit a report to the Reserve Bank of India with information on the logs identified and the attacks that happened, and that there was a failure on the part of the Barracuda Web Application Firewall. The Reserve Bank of India conducts a tri-monthly cyber risk audit in all Indian banks. Even smaller banks identified and caught attacks that my organization wasn't able to do, so I was looking into other solutions that competitor banks could be using because Barracuda Web Application Firewall failed to identify some of the attacks.""They should improve their features, so they easily compare to the competition.""There are issues when upgrading firewalls and we experience different issues across customers.""The solution needs to leverage some additional features to a broader scale of software-defined networks."

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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 price of the solution is a little expensive. There is a license for this solution and it can be purchased every one, two, or five years."
  • "While I would have to check on the price of the solution, I feel it to be okay and it matches the market price."
  • "The price is reasonable, more so than other products."
  • "They only offer a yearly licensing plan."
  • "The solution is based on a licensing model and might be $360 for the hybrid version."
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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:The pricing depends on the customer. For example, if any customer is using Barracuda WAF and they are comparing it with the AWS WAF, AWS WAF is still a little bit more expensive than Barracuda WAF… more »
    Top Answer:The Barracuda team just needs to improve their product as per their competitors, like F5 and Imperva. They should improve their features, so they easily compare to the competition. They could always… more »
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    Also Known As
    Kona Site Defender, Kona
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    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.

    Barracuda Web Application Firewall is a game-changing cloud-connected security solution that enables organizations to safeguard both their applications and their data from an ever-growing array of advanced cyber threats. It offers protection from cyber attacks that target not only data and applications stored on the cloud but also those that are housed on web servers. 43% of the time a breach takes place via a compromised application. Barracuda Web Application Firewall prevents these types of breaches from occurring.

    Barracuda Web Application Firewall denies hackers the ability to penetrate your system by using a number of techniques to keep your organization safely insulated. The first method of protection consists of two parts. The first part involves a thorough scanning of all inbound web traffic. This solution monitors everything that comes into the system. It employs IP reputation intelligence, which filters all incoming data. If the source of the data has a bad reputation, it is blocked by the firewall. Administrators now have a way of locking out many common threats that could otherwise compromise sensitive networks. These scans can also allow administrators to protect their systems from within as DLP (Data Loss Prevention) protocols. If any sensitive data attempts to leave, administrators will automatically be alerted and the data will be blocked from exiting.

    Barracuda Web Application Firewall can also be set up to apply the AAA (Authentication, Authorization & Accounting) framework to an organization’s network. If an intruder manages to get past the authentication stage, the authorization protocols kick in. After the authorization stage comes accounting, which works by tracking and logging users’ activities so that administrators will be in a position to prevent long-term damage from being done. This three-step process can be implemented without requiring administrators to make changes to their applications.

    Key Features

    Some of Barracuda Web Application Firewall’s key features include:

    • The ability to employ adaptive profiling. Administrators will have an easier time enforcing security policies once this feature is enabled. It takes data from safe sources and builds profiles that can be used to create whitelisting protocols that prevent unsafe actions from occurring on the system.
    • The ability to assess threats in real time. Barracuda Web Application Firewall uses machine learning to detect new threats and attacks as they emerge.
    • The ability to manage the Barracuda Web Application Firewall system from a single interface. Administrators can manage their Barracuda Web Application Firewall configurations from one centralized location.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Barracuda Web Application Firewall stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. One of the main ones is the robustness of the solution. Users are given access to a vast variety of security features in a single product.

    PeerSpot user Muhammed S., a Presales Solutions Architect at Hilal Computers, notes this when he writes, "The solution offers multiple security features. There are machine learning features and great URL encryption. It also offers multi-protocol support against DDoS attacks."

    Other reviewers note that Barracuda Web Application Firewall is user-friendly, easy to set up, stable, and reliable.

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    Sample Customers
    AvidMobile, itBit
    Oracle, CBS, Pioneer, Hyundai, Publix, Barnes Noble, Calzedonia, Nordstrom, Samsung, Nascar
    Top Industries
    Leisure / Travel Company29%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Comms Service Provider30%
    Maritime Company20%
    Non Profit10%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    Small Business30%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Small Business68%
    Large Enterprise32%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Barracuda Web Application Firewall
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Barracuda Web Application Firewall and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Akamai Kona Site Defender is ranked 12th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 4 reviews while Barracuda Web Application Firewall is ranked 8th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 11 reviews. Akamai Kona Site Defender is rated 8.0, while Barracuda Web Application Firewall is rated 7.8. 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 Barracuda Web Application Firewall writes "Reliable and stable with a straightforward setup". Akamai Kona Site Defender is most compared with AWS WAF, Akamai Prolexic Routed, Cloudflare Web Application Firewall, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and Cloudflare, whereas Barracuda Web Application Firewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiWeb, F5 Advanced WAF, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, HAProxy and AWS WAF. See our Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Barracuda Web Application Firewall report.

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