Akamai Prolexic Routed vs Arbor DDoS comparison

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We performed a comparison between Akamai Prolexic Routed and Arbor DDoS based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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Question: Prolexic vs. Arbor Networks: How do they compare?
Answer: Both Prolexic and Arbor are OK solutions. Both have a very limited number of PoPs (Only 4-6 global locations, adds significant latency) and both have trouble reacting to attacks quickly and automatically (without human intervention). Also both will have trouble handling Application layer attacks over TLS. Arbor will also requires on-premise equipment which is a lot of hassle and doesn't scale. I would highly recommend checking out Impreva Incapsula, which is a more modern solution that's more equipped to deliver a premium service (at reasonable prices). Disclosure: I work for Imperva.
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"The solution does not have hardware or maintenance requirements and is very easy to scale."

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"The most valuable feature is mitigation, which can blackhole the IP.""It is fully mitigating the attacks. We've dealt with other ones where we didn't necessarily see that. The detection is very good. It's also very simple to use. Arbor is a single pane of glass, whereas with other solutions you might have a detection pane of glass and then have to go to a separate interface to deal with the mitigation. That single pane of glass makes it much simpler.""I like all the features together as a whole.""The technical support of Arbor DDoS is good.""The stateless device format means that the box is very strong for preventing DDoS attacks.""The stability is okay and we have not encountered problems with the solution.""The most valuable features include the traffic categorization and control of the traffic. The filtering of the traffic is very precise. When you want to stop some traffic, you precisely stop that traffic.""There were huge attacks in October, around 62 attacks at 30 gigabits per second, at one of our banks. We used Arbor DDoS to mitigate these attacks, and it performed great."

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"The solution needs additional product options for small and medium enterprises."

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"An improvement to Arbor DDoS would be to make evaluation licenses and virtual machines available.""Implementation could be better.""When it comes to some false positives, we need to tweak the system from time to time. There is room for improvement when it comes to the actual mitigation because of some false positives.""The solution could be more granular to include logs per second and enhanced pipeline monitoring for router licenses.""Arbor DDoS could improve out-of-the-box reporting, it could be better.""We need a SaaS model for the solution.""The solution needs to enhance its features to compete with other tools.""An improvement would be to provide information on how pricing is done on different customer levels."

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  • "The pricing is a pay-as-you-go model that is charged by the hour."
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  • "The solution is a bit costly if you're a small organization, but I think it's worth the price that they are charging."
  • "Arbor DDoS is quite expensive, but all these solutions are expensive because they deal with confidential information."
  • "We do not use the Arbor Cloud DDoS solution because it is too costly."
  • "You need to find a way to get a good offering from Arbor by negotiating a price. That is the challenge."
  • "There is room for improvement with the pricing. It is an expensive solution. The issue with the pricing is more the way it is built. Right now we're paying per router, and there's a limitation there. I would like to see bundle-pricing where there is an overall solution cost."
  • "The licensing of a complete Arbor solution, including fire-walling and unified site management, can get expensive."
  • "The price of this solution is a little high in the African market, it should be lower."
  • "The price is a little high."
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    Syed Ubaid Ali Jafri - PeerSpot reviewerSyed Ubaid Ali Jafri (Habib Bank Limited)
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    There are two aspects for this query:
    1) if the client has multiple applications that needs to be considered for DDos protection I will prefer to go with Prolexic, but
    2) if the client has multiple network devices and those devices are front facing for being a security appliances then I recommend to go with Arbor network for DDos protection, because it has the capability to handle large size of packet length as well as the volume of the packets.
    It's has been a great experienced for me by evaluating arbor networks which is very well when considering the protection of network devices (core, edge) having a virtualized environment and on site solutions .
    For prolexic they have a wide verity of solution for applications that are custom develop or using a vendor based application. It's function

    it_user572214 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user572214 (Security Advisor at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees)

    From experience between Akamai prolexic and Arbor to me is the mitigation techniques and integration to your network. Prolexic uses Netflow in order to detect an attack and then switch traffic to their solution in order to mitigate the attack. The most effective technique to mitigate attacks according to them is an always-on solution, meaning that you're routing your traffic to their network, which adds a hop and depending on your geographical location, can increase network latency.

    Arbor solutions usually work with On-Premise Equipment which does mitigation of low and slow, layer 7 or low yield volumetric attacks. The advantage of Arbor solutions lies in a hybrid solution providing this on-prem technology and cloud scrubbing center capabilities for volumetric attacks which your network cannot handle.

    Questions from the Community
    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:The solution does not have hardware or maintenance requirements and is very easy to scale.
    Top Answer:The pricing is a pay-as-you-go model that is charged by the hour. Data centers can be very expensive, so removing the hassle of hardware or maintenance and charging only for use is an effective model… more »
    Top Answer:I would say if it’s an ISP that will build a scrubbing center, Netscout/Arbor is a good solution. In all other solutions, Imperva is a great choice.
    Top Answer:Arbor would be the best bid, apart from Arbor, Palo Alto and Fortinet have good solutions. As this is an ISP, I would prefer Arbor.
    Top Answer:The stateless device format means that the box is very strong for preventing DDoS attacks.
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    Arbor Networks SP, Arbor Networks TMS, Arbor Cloud for ENT
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    Prolexic Routed provides organizations with a simple and effective way to protect all web- and IP-based applications in their data center from the threat of DDoS attacks. Offered as a flexible and comprehensive service, Prolexic Routed stops DDoS attacks in the cloud, well before they reach the data center. It provides comprehensive protection against the broadest range of DDoS attack types and defends against today’s high-bandwidth, sustained web attacks, as well as the increasing threat of potentially crippling DDoS attacks that target specific applications and services.

    Arbor Networks, the security division of NETSCOUT, is driven to protect the infrastructure and ecosystem of the internet. It is the principle upon which we were founded in 2000; and remains the common thread that runs through all that we do today. Arbor’s approach is rooted in the study of network traffic. Arbor’s suite of visibility, DDoS protection and advanced threat solutions provide customers with a micro view of their network enhanced by a macro view of global internet traffic and emerging threats through our ATLAS infrastructure. Sourced from more than 300 service provider customers, ATLAS delivers intelligence based on insight into approximately 1/3 of global internet traffic. Supported by Arbor’s Security Engineering & Response Team (ASERT), smart workflows and rich user context, Arbor’s network insights help customers see, understand, and solve the most complex and consequential security challenges facing their organizations.

    With Arbor DDoS you can automatically identify and stop all types of DDoS attacks and other cyber threats before they impact the availability of business-critical services.

    Arbor DDoS is an intelligently automated combination of in-cloud and on-premises DDoS attack protection that is continuously backed by global threat intelligence and expertise.

    Arbor DDoS Features and Benefits:

    • Global DDoS Protection: Arbor DDoS is an all-in-one solution offering carrier-agnostic, global DDoS protection that is backed by world-class security intelligence as well as industry leading DDoS protection products.
    • Worldwide scrubbing centers: Arbor DDoS offers comprehensive protection from the largest DDoS attacks.
    • Cloud Only and/or Hybrid Protection: The solution provides the flexibility to design comprehensive DDoS protection that fits your specific environment. It can be deployed as a cloud-only and/or an intelligent combination of in-cloud and on-premise DDoS protection.
    • Global Threat Intelligence: Arbor DDoS protection is continuously armed with the latest global threat intelligence from Netscout’s response team.
    • Automated DDoS Attack Detection and Mitigation: DDoS attacks can be automatically detected and routed to Arbor Cloud global scrubbing centers for mitigation.
    • Managed Services: To manage and optimize your on-premise DDoS protection, you can rely upon the industry-leading expertise of Arbor Networks.
    • Multi-layered Approach: As part of a layered approach to DDoS protection, Arbor Cloud provides in-cloud protection from advanced and high-volume DDoS attacks, all without interrupting access to your applications or services. Arbor Cloud’s automated or on-demand traffic scrubbing service defends against volumetric DDoS attacks that are too large to be mitigated on premises.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    Below are some of the many reasons why PeerSpot users are giving Arbor DDoS an 8 out of 10 rating:

    "We use it not only for DDoS detection and protection, but we also use it for traffic analysis and capacity planning as well. We've also been able to extend the use of it to other security measures within our company, the front-line defense, not only for DDoS, but for any kind of scanning malware that may be picked up. It's also used for outbound attacks, which has helped us mitigate those and lower our bandwidth costs.” - Roman L, Sr. Security Engineer at Rackspace

    "We have taken on the Arbor Cloud subscription, which is really useful because you secure yourself for anything beyond your current mitigation capacity. This is a really good feature of Arbor that is available.” - Assistant General Manager at a comms service provider

    “It is fully mitigating the attacks. We've dealt with other ones where we didn't necessarily see that. The detection is very good. It's also very simple to use. Arbor is a single pane of glass, whereas with other solutions you might have a detection pane of glass and then have to go to a separate interface to deal with the mitigation. That single pane of glass makes it much simpler." - Erik N., Product Manager, MSx Security Services at TPx Communications

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    Financial Services Firm35%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Insurance Company5%
    Comms Service Provider59%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Media Company9%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Insurance Company5%
    Company Size
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise77%
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Akamai Prolexic Routed is ranked 17th in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection with 1 review while Arbor DDoS is ranked 1st in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection with 16 reviews. Akamai Prolexic Routed is rated 7.0, while Arbor DDoS is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Akamai Prolexic Routed writes "Scaling is very easy but more options are needed for enterprise environments". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Arbor DDoS writes "The Cloud subscription makes the scalability limitless and you secure yourself for anything beyond your current mitigation capacity". Akamai Prolexic Routed is most compared with Akamai Kona Site Defender, Cloudflare, Lumen DDoS Mitigation, Azure DDoS Protection and AWS Shield, whereas Arbor DDoS is most compared with Cloudflare, Radware DefensePro, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, Corero and Kentik.

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