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We performed a comparison between Akamai Kona Site Defender and Cloudflare 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. Cloudflare report (Updated: September 2022).
635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Quotes From Members
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
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.""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 features are powerful and better than F5."

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"There are key things that are used for our enterprise customers, such as Lambda and DNS.""It's very user-friendly.""The DDoS protection is the most valuable aspect of the solution.""From what I've seen so far, there are no negatives to report as of yet"

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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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"There are some issues with the CDN services.""Latencies are always a problem.""The solution could work at being less expensive. It costs a lot to use it.""Although I think it's quite good, it doesn't provide me with all the features I would expect to have if I were using Imperva."

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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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  • "We don't have any issues with the price."
  • "The price is reasonable."
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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: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 by… more »
    Top Answer:There are key things that are used for our enterprise customers, such as Lambda and DNS.
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    3
    Average Words per Review
    370
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    8.0
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    4
    Average Words per Review
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    Rating
    8.3
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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.

    Cloudflare is the leading performance and security company helping to build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers more than 9 million Internet applications. More than 10 trillion Internet requests flow through Cloudflare’s network each month, accounting for nearly 10% of all Internet requests globally.

    Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with each new site added. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.

    Offer
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    Sample Customers
    AvidMobile, itBit
    Trusted by over 9,000,000 Internet Applications and APIs, including Nasdaq, Zendesk, Crunchbase, Steve Madden, OkCupid, Cisco, Quizlet, Discord and more.
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Leisure / Travel Company29%
    Retailer14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm23%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Insurance Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Energy/Utilities Company14%
    Marketing Services Firm14%
    Engineering Company14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business30%
    Large Enterprise70%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise72%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business68%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise16%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Buyer's Guide
    Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Cloudflare
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Cloudflare and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Akamai Kona Site Defender is ranked 5th in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection with 4 reviews while Cloudflare is ranked 3rd in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection with 5 reviews. Akamai Kona Site Defender is rated 8.0, while Cloudflare is rated 8.2. 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 Cloudflare writes "An intuitive solution that's great for a small business". Akamai Kona Site Defender is most compared with AWS WAF, Akamai Prolexic Routed, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Cloudflare Web Application Firewall and Imperva Web Application Firewall, whereas Cloudflare is most compared with Azure Front Door, Imperva DDoS, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Akamai and F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM). See our Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Cloudflare report.

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