Akamai Kona Site Defender vs F5 Advanced WAF comparison

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We performed a comparison between Akamai Kona Site Defender and F5 Advanced WAF 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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"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.""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."

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"The most valuable feature of F5 Advanced WAF is its grand unity of the implementation, where you have the freedom to configure based on how it affects your use case or your organization. With the default setting of implicit deny, you can gradually start defining and deploying the tool to align with your environment, whether it is outdated, recent, or futuristic. This allows you to customize the solution to protect you from threat actors. You have the ability to define what the advanced threat act should do - whether it should alert, deny, or both - and it will deliver based on your configuration. Unlike other online solutions, F5 Advanced WAF provides flexibility to deliver to your unique environment the way you want.""Identification, ease of use, and ease of modifying it to most of our needs are valuable.""Good technology for mitigating different application attacks, e.g. DDoS, DNS, and layer seven attacks.""My favorite feature of F5 is the ability to play around with the ciphers. I also like the ability to have an immediate display of the support IDs when a real blockage occurs. The protection offered is great.""The most valuable features of this solution are the WAF protection, Data Safe, and the seven-layer DDoS.""The most valuable features of the F5 Advanced WAF are the enhanced ASM and the performance. Additionally, the usability and effectiveness are very good.""It's scalable and very easy to manage.""The most valuable features of F5 Advanced WAF are the overall capabilities, there is not a comparable solution on the market."

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"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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"F5 Advanced needs to improve its bot protection. The solution needs to have machine learning to learn the behavior of the customer to recognize the human versus the bot. This is a difficult feature to explain to our customers. I would like documentation about the bot feature to make it easier for the customer to understand.""The reporting portion of F5 Advance WAF is not great. They need to work out something better, as it is very basic. You only see the top IPs, I think there is more they can offer.""Compatibility with multiple cloud environments needs improvement. Both stability and scalability need to be improved.""It's sometimes difficult to customize APIs with F5 Advanced WAF.""F5 Advanced WAF could improve the precision of the scanning. There are many false positives. They should improve their threat database.""I would like to see a better interface and better documentation compatibility with other products. It's more complicated with OWASP.""The overall price of F5 Advanced WAF could improve.""I would like to see the API Protection improved."

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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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  • "There are various plans available for Fortinet FortiWeb Cloud WAF as a Service, including a trial version."
  • "It is expensive. Its price should be better. Its licensing is on a yearly basis. Its licensing is also based on the model. There are no additional costs."
  • "I don't have any issue with the pricing of this solution."
  • "There is an annual subscription for this solution."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable when compared with other products, such as FortiWeb. I am very satisfied with the price."
  • "Pricing for this solution is higher than average."
  • "There is a perpetual license that comes with your hardware. There is also an additional fee for support."
  • "F5 Advanced WAF pricing structure should be adjusted to meet the need of small to medium-sized companies."
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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 most valuable features of F5 Advanced WAF are the overall capabilities, there is not a comparable solution on the market.
    Top Answer:F5 Advanced WAF is not a cost-effective solution. Although they are attempting to reduce prices with their VE and cloud options, they are more expensive than other solutions. The solution is more… more »
    Top Answer:F5 Advanced WAF could improve the reporting. It's a bit difficult to populate, them. If you're not so familiar with the functions, such as where to find the logs and other settings. In a future… 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.

    F5's Advanced WAF is built on proven F5 technology and goes beyond reactive security such as static signatures and reputation to proactively detect and mitigate bots, secure credentials and sensitive data, and defend against application denial-of-service (DoS). Advanced WAF redefines application security to address the most prevalent threats organizations face today.

    Advanced WAF is offered as an appliance, virtual edition, and as a managed service—providing automated WAF services that meet complex deployment and management requirements while protecting your apps with great precision. It is the most effective solution for guarding modern applications and data from existing and emerging threats while maintaining compliance with key regulatory mandates.

    Advanced WAF redefines application security to address the most prevalent threats organizations face today:

    •Web attacks that steal credentials and gain unauthorized access across user accounts.
    •Application layer attacks that evade static security based on reputation and manual signatures.
    •New attack surfaces and threats due to the rapid adoption of APIs.
    •OWASP Top 10 vulnerabilities

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    Sample Customers
    AvidMobile, itBit
    MAXIMUS, Vivo, American Systems, Bangladesh Post Office, City Bank
    Top Industries
    Leisure / Travel Company29%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Financial Services Firm27%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Insurance Company6%
    Financial Services Firm36%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Non Tech Company8%
    Media Company8%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Company Size
    Small Business30%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise48%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. F5 Advanced WAF
    March 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. F5 Advanced WAF and other solutions. Updated: March 2023.
    686,748 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Akamai Kona Site Defender is ranked 12th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 4 reviews while F5 Advanced WAF is ranked 4th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 32 reviews. Akamai Kona Site Defender is rated 8.0, while F5 Advanced WAF is rated 8.4. 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 F5 Advanced WAF writes "Flexible configuration, reliable, and highly professional support". Akamai Kona Site Defender is most compared with AWS WAF, Akamai Prolexic Routed, Cloudflare Web Application Firewall, Akamai Web Application Protector and Imperva DDoS, whereas F5 Advanced WAF is most compared with Fortinet FortiWeb, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Imperva Web Application Firewall, AWS WAF and NGINX App Protect. See our Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. F5 Advanced WAF report.

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