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We performed a comparison between Akamai Kona Site Defender and F5 Silverline Managed Services 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.
To learn more, read our detailed Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. F5 Silverline Managed Services Report (Updated: November 2022).
654,658 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"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.""The features are powerful and better than F5.""The solution can scale extremely well."

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"The most valuable feature of F5 Silverline Managed Services is it becomes similar to a distributed architecture.""The most valuable feature of F5 Silverline Managed Services is the benchmark performance.""Most vendors fulfill the requirements for standard DDoS protection, but F5 Silverline Managed Services has a better understanding of defending web applications like HTTP and can mitigate more bot activity than any other vendor."

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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 is a lot of room for improvement with their tech support. I am not sure F5 Silverline Managed Services can be classified as having tech support.""The price of F5 Silverline Managed Services could be better.""F5 Silverline Managed Services can improve by reducing the price."

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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 F5 Silverline Managed Services could be better, they are not very flexible. The price of the solution is based on the requirements of the enterprise."
  • "The price of F5 Silverline Managed Services could be reduced."
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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:For ADC, any ADC can do a good job. But in case if you want to add WAF functionality to the same ADC hardware you have to look for other ADC's like F5, Imperva, Radware, Fortinet, etc. 
    Top Answer:Its flexibility is the most valuable because it is a managed service. The good part is that you don't need to set it up. It just needs DNS routing, which is the easiest thing. Our client had Akamai… more »
    Top Answer:F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall works based on your bandwidth. They look at the clean bandwidth and do the pricing. 20% of a total pipe would be a clean bandwidth. The list price or a… more »
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    Also Known As
    Kona Site Defender, Kona
    F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall, F5 Silverline DDoS Protection
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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.

    F5's Silverline Managed Services is a SaaS solution delivering DDoS protection, managed Web Application Firewall (WAF) services, and managed Shape Security Fraud and Anti-bot solutions.

    Silverline services include 24x7 access to F5's Security Operations Center (SOC). F5's expert security professionals use F5 products with state-of-the-art security tools to ensure the best protection possible. As an add-on to Silverline DDoS or WAF services, Silverline Threat Intelligence integrates dynamic lists of threatening IP addresses to give context for policy decisions.

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    Sample Customers
    AvidMobile, itBit
    City Bank, Ricacorp Properties, Miele, American Systems, Bangladesh Post Office
    Top Industries
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    Leisure / Travel Company29%
    Retailer14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Insurance Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Insurance Company8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business30%
    Large Enterprise70%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise72%
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    Small Business64%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise27%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Buyer's Guide
    Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. F5 Silverline Managed Services
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. F5 Silverline Managed Services and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    654,658 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Akamai Kona Site Defender is ranked 12th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 4 reviews while F5 Silverline Managed Services is ranked 15th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 3 reviews. Akamai Kona Site Defender is rated 8.0, while F5 Silverline Managed Services is rated 9.0. 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 F5 Silverline Managed Services writes "Mitigates more bot activity when defending web applications than any other vendor but comes at a price". Akamai Kona Site Defender is most compared with AWS WAF, Akamai Prolexic Routed, Cloudflare Web Application Firewall, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and Cloudflare, whereas F5 Silverline Managed Services is most compared with Cloudflare, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), AWS WAF, Arbor DDoS and Azure DDoS Protection. See our Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. F5 Silverline Managed Services report.

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