We performed a comparison between Akamai Kona Site Defender and Imperva DDoS 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.
"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."
"The solution can scale extremely well."
"The setup of Imperva DDoS was easy."
"The three-second service level agreement is already better than the competition."
"DDoS protection and WAF are the most valuable features. It is easy to deploy a service. It is easy and quick to deploy to a new website."
"Its unique interface for managing security performance and ease of use are the most valuable features of this solution."
"It's very pretty easy to onboard the URL."
"Simplifies putting everything in code."
"There are quite a few useful Imperva Incapsula features. For example, one of them is the reports. The graphics are very good and it's easy to configure. The whole process is very fast and reliable too. They have good tech support as well."
"Integration with IBM AS/400 and Db2 is okay."
"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."
"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."
"A limited tool if you're looking to customize."
"The weakest point of Imperva is their first level of support, which should be improved. They should also improve the access and security logs viewing directly on the portal. I would like to see better access and security logs through the portal and not only through a SIM solution. Currently, if you want to explore your access and security logs from Imperva, you need a SIM tool or a SIM infrastructure on your side to do it. You can't do it manually or directly through the portal, which is a big problem for us. I had a call yesterday with Imperva for the roadmap, and I just told them this. They agreed that this is an improvement point from their side."
"Users would benefit from better documentation. There is official documentation, but sometimes we need more detail. We have some use cases that are not so run of the mill. It would be great if there was a knowledge base that we could go to for more answers."
"Its price could be improved. It is quite expensive. It will be good if we could export the configuration. Currently, to control the configuration, we need to go to each website, which is not very convenient."
"Imperva always needs to adjust to new versions of cyber attacks, it needs to be faster, improve the resiliency of the software of the solution."
"We had an issue when securing the web applications for DDoS protection."
"Some maintenance must be performed by our IT team."
"The salespeople tend to exaggerate its capabilities, which can cost you money if you don't verify the information."
Imperva DDoS is a solution that offers protection for web applications and websites and all their associated business-critical data from cyberattacks. The cloud-based application delivery service helps improve user experiences by improving their performance. Through its security platform, Imperva DDoS also provides DDoS mitigation, a web application firewall, and a global load balancer, and includes a content delivery network — all designed to maximize performance.
Imperva DDoS Features
Imperva DDoS has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:
Imperva DDoS Benefits
There are several benefits to implementing Imperva DDoS. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:
Reviews from Real Users
Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by Imperva DDoS users.
PeerSpot user, Etienne W., CDN & Cybersecurity Engineer - Web performance & security at CDN Tech / Ecritel, says, “It is a good solution that allows us to protect websites. It is stable, scalable, quick and easy to use.” He goes on to explain, “WAF protection works almost out-of-the-box. The Anti-DDoS mitigation in less than 1s, I saw it many times in production, I can say it works. CDN has high performances, and the Smart Caching mode is really "smart" (you can do some efficient caching even if you're not a specialist). Its unique interface for managing security performance and ease of use are the most valuable features of this solution."
An IT Senior Manager at an outsourcing company mentions, “The most valuable features are DDoS protection. The Incapsula [Imperva DDoS] environment helps us monitor all the web activity. All the web activity is passed through their WAF cloud services, then that can help us to monitor those activities. That can help protect against DDoS hacking.”
Another PeerSpot reviewer, Ben D., Sales Executive at EVVO LABS, comments, "Imperva Incapsula [DDoS] has many valuable features. One, it protects the top 10 OWASP vulnerability, the open web application software platform, this is standard. Secondly, it protects against broken authentication. As well, it has remote execution of code."
A Solutions Architect at a financial services firm states, “The solution's most valuable aspect is that it is easy to configure. The solution keeps itself up to date itself and there's no customization that we need to do. It makes it extremely easy and cuts back on the amount of work required, and saves us on man-hours.”
Akamai Kona Site Defender is ranked 12th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 4 reviews while Imperva DDoS is ranked 7th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 13 reviews. Akamai Kona Site Defender is rated 8.0, while Imperva 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 Imperva DDoS writes "Reliable with an impressive three-second SLA and reasonable pricing". Akamai Kona Site Defender is most compared with AWS WAF, Akamai Prolexic Routed, Cloudflare Web Application Firewall, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), whereas Imperva DDoS is most compared with Cloudflare, Akamai, Imperva Web Application Firewall, AWS WAF and Arbor DDoS. See our Akamai Kona Site Defender vs. Imperva DDoS report.
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