Akamai vs Azure Front Door comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on Mar 6, 2024

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Ranking in CDN
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Azure Front Door
Ranking in CDN
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Web Application Firewall (WAF) (9th), Microsoft Security Suite (15th)

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the CDN category, the mindshare of Akamai is 18.5%, up from 17.9% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Azure Front Door is 22.7%, up from 17.8% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Web Application Firewall (WAF)
Microsoft Security Suite

Featured Reviews

Bill Lee - PeerSpot reviewer
Feb 23, 2023
Very scalable, sustainable, and flexible with good technical support
Our company uses the solution as a content delivery network. We enhance website performance and have about 150 customers in Taiwan who use the solution.  The solution is very sustainable and flexible.  The solution could offer more integrations.  I have been using the solution for one year.…
Nov 28, 2023
The product provides excellent documentation and easy-to-use features, and it enables organizations to set up content security policies
Our website is built through a Gatsby process and generic static files. All the static content for the site gets hosted in the CDN. We use Azure Front Door as an entry point for it The solution has improved our organization by allowing us to utilize the Rules Engine feature. Rules Engine is a…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"As of now, the best thing about Akamai is WAF, and though CDN is a good feature, it comes in second place when compared to WAF. I am very impressed with the WAF offered by Akamai."
"If an attacker conducts an attack, we can check what query he is running and whether he wants to see our password or any other files."
"Akamai provides low-latency throughput."
"Akamai is leveraged by many top-level businesses, ensuring reliability and support in case of outages or issues."
"Akamai's scalability is good."
"This solution can be used for web , video and media caching and streaming."
"The most valuable feature in managing web traffic has been the ability to handle vertical scaling effectively."
"The solution's most valuable feature is that it has been quite helpful in our company, especially when it comes to applications needing updates frequently."
"I particularly appreciate its load-balancing capabilities as it allows us to manage multiple instances and support a global presence effectively."
"I am impressed with the tool's integrations."
"Rules Engine is a valuable feature."
"The solution is good."
"Has a great application firewall and we like the security."
"You can assign as many web application firewall policies as you want to the same instance of Front Door."
"The most valuable feature is that you can implement resources globally. It does not depend on location and ability or something like that. This is to connect clients around the world."
"The price is one of the most important aspects of the product. It's quite affordable."


"It would be better if we could be notified about specific attacks."
"One area for improvement with Akamai could be pricing."
"The product's scalability can be improved since certain shortcomings regarding the security part of the solution currently exist."
"The fact that it is an expensive product is its only shortcoming."
"Akamai's configuration part is an area of concern where improvements are required to make the process easy."
"Their support is very slow. If you file a support ticket, it takes a long time before it gets resolved."
"Akamai should improve its integrations."
"Local connectivity would be great linked to our own telecom/Cablevision CDN."
"There is room for improvement and they're working on it."
"The product needs to improve its latency."
"We should be able to use Front Door defenders with multiple cloud vendors. Currently, they can be used only with the Azure cloud. Azure Front Door should also be able to do global load balancing and provide internal front door services. Microsoft should clearly define what Traffic Manager, Application Gateway, and Azure Front Door products do. These are similar products, and people get confused between these products."
"It lacks sufficient functionality."
"My suggestion for improvement would be to enhance the Data Export feature to include specific tables, particularly the Azure Diagnostics table."
"I'm responsible for the governance and cost control of Azure. I'm not a specialist in any products and therefore I couldn't really speak effectively to features that are lacking or missing."
"There's a limitation on the amount of global rules we can add."
"The product's features are limited compared to Cloudflare. The tool also doesn't work well in a hybrid environment. I would like to see a way to add personalized APIs in the system."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"Akamai is an expensive tool. Moreover, we have a pay-as-you-go model for additional features."
"The solution's pricing is based on bandwidth."
"The price of the solution depends upon its usage."
"It is an expensive product. The licensing costs for the solution are based on the usage. If we need premium support, we need to buy it from Akamai."
"The solution can be one of the more expensive options, reflecting their established market position."
"Price-wise, I find Akamai's pricing model's inclination to be more towards the expensive side of the spectrum, though I can't say that it is a very expensive product."
"Quite high in price, but equivalent to other enterprise products on the market"
"The pricing of Akamai is moderate, in my opinion. My company makes yearly payments towards the licensing costs attached to Akamai. There are no additional costs besides the licensing costs for the solution."
"The solution is a bit expensive."
"The transition to the premium tier has led to increased costs, making it more expensive than the classic tier."
"The product is expensive."
"It is on a pay-as-you-go basis."
"The pricing of the solution is good."
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Comparison Review

it_user69348 - PeerSpot reviewer
Nov 17, 2013
Akamai vs. CloudFlare – Simple Stats
In the world of CDNs Akamai is the incumbent 500 pound gorilla, no question. They have a HUGE global presence, super solid technology and networks, and have the most experience with large enterprise clients. However, now there other strong players in the CDN market. One of the most…

Top Industries

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Educational Organization
Financial Services Firm
Computer Software Company
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Computer Software Company
Financial Services Firm
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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Akamai?
The most valuable feature in managing web traffic has been the ability to handle vertical scaling effectively.
What needs improvement with Akamai?
One area for improvement with Akamai could be pricing.
What is your primary use case for Akamai?
Akamai is useful for web content delivery in business because it helps improve speed, reliability, and security. Caching content closer to users reduces latency and improves load times. This is esp...
What's the difference between Azure Front Door and Application Gateway?
We found Azure Front Door to be easily scaled and very stable. The implementation is very fast and Microsoft provides excellent support. Azure Front Door can quickly detect abnormalities before the...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Azure Front Door?
The transition to the premium tier has led to increased costs, making it more expensive than the classic tier. However, we acknowledge that this pricing reflects additional features and capabilities.



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