Amazon CloudFront vs Imperva DDoS comparison


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Executive Summary

Categories and Ranking

Amazon CloudFront
Ranking in CDN
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Imperva DDoS
Ranking in CDN
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Web Application Firewall (WAF) (19th), Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection (7th)

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the CDN category, the mindshare of Amazon CloudFront is 7.7%, down from 11.4% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Imperva DDoS is 5.2%, down from 8.4% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Web Application Firewall (WAF)
Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection

Featured Reviews

Mar 27, 2024
Offers detailed documentation, ability to reduce latency and improves content delivery performance
This product is used for website content distribution We implemented CloudFront for two of our clients, including one called NIS (National Administrative Technologies). They provide a platform for students to access classrooms, lectures, and examinations. The students required fast processing and…
Syed Ubaid Ali Jafri - PeerSpot reviewer
Dec 13, 2016
I like the content monitoring feature which I haven't seen in other WAF solutions.
They could improve by minimizing false positive results. Although this occurs less with Imperva, we would like to see some further improvements. We have been using this product for last 1 years, it's result is very impressive. But due to the excessive load on the Web site where thousands of requests‎ are generated from legitimate users, however the request in which any sequential or specialised characters are requested would be directly blocked by impreva . Currently imperva blocks the special character request generated from the user, as I conduct a test where I am parsing the encoded html values of the same special characters to the input field, imperva bypasses these encoded values for example : ' i.e. %27 or / i.e %2F, the WAF bypasses these encoded characters. I hope that this device should have a capability to detect the pattern which is associated with Xss or Xsrf, rather then by not blocking the request which contains any special characters.

Quotes from Members

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


"The solution has good security features."
"The speed and usability of the solution are valuable."
"The product is very well interconnected with other Amazon services."
"Its main advantage is that it offers something in this region that wasn't available before; previously, you had to go outside of the region to get the same level of service that you can now access right here in Bahrain. It's truly incredible. Building this IX has significantly changed how traffic is handled. The technical support is good. The initial setup is very straightforward. I rate the solution a perfect ten."
"It has built-in DDoS protection, which protects against DDoS attacks."
"The most valuable feature is the number of servers they can put your content in while being reliable."
"It is an expensive product with valuable features."
"The product's most valuable feature is its ability to deliver content to users nearby."
"Real-time monitoring is also a great tool, as you may watch several parameters in real time."
"Incapsula takes care of the CDN infrastructure and bandwidth volume, providing several enterprise "load balancing" features."
"The three-second service level agreement is already better than the competition."
"The complete solution is valuable for everything it delivers and the protection it offers."
"It's very pretty easy to onboard the URL."
"The dashboard is good and user-friendly."
"Integration with IBM AS/400 and Db2 is okay."
"Simplifies putting everything in code."


"The only issues we've faced were when AWS itself had problems, and that's very rare. I can only recall one instance when they had issues, but they managed to resolve it quickly."
"One of the biggest challenges with Amazon CloudFront is their pricing policy"
"The lack of seamless integration made the setup process more complex and required additional research to manage all the services properly."
"The product should be more intuitive."
"I have utilized certain characteristics and invested effort in reading the documentation, which proved to be challenging."
"The tool must provide regional control."
"The user interface could be improved."
"Amazon CloudFront's setup is a bit difficult, and we would love it if they made it easier."
"Incapsula services also provides load balancing services for their service IP address environment. So far, with monitoring their services, the IP address was only changed once."
"We faced issues regarding compliance with client procedures. The client had strict compliance rules, and Imperva needed to be on a VM, while the client required containerization, causing a conflict. They went with Imperva for the on-premise version but shelved the cloud project due to too many blockers."
"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."
"I would like to have support for SSL management and secure DNS."
"I am not sure if this application has a policy where you can create your custom policy and run it as our firewall. We should have some ability to also create some custom policy, then run it as a firewall."
"We would like them to hire people in Sweden because it's quite hard when people are sitting in the UK or Belgium because some of the customers really want them to be local."
"Imperva should have more points of presence in Africa."
"The cost could be lower; our end clients need to have a high budget to purchase this solution."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"I rate the product's pricing an eight out of ten. The licensing follows a pay-as-you-go model."
"Amazon CloudFront is an expensive solution."
"Amazon CloudFront costs less than third-party services."
"I rate Amazon CloudFront's pricing a five out of ten."
"The product has a mid-range pricing."
"Its price is really on the high side. It should be cheaper in general."
"The product could improve its price."
"The tool is affordable."
"The cost is somewhere around $10,000 a site. For every site, you pay individually. For every DNS entry, you have you pay."
"We are satisfied with the pricing."
"Pricing could be more competitive."
"On a scale from one to ten, where one is cheap and ten is expensive, I rate the solution's pricing a five out of ten."
"The cost is on par with other solutions such as Cloudflare and Akamai."
"The data packages are higher than our needs so we end up paying for data that we don't use."
"It is a very expensive solution. The price is very high. A lot of customers tell us that they would love to use Imperva more. I have some customers who have 50 websites, but they have only 10 websites on Imperva because of the price. They would love to have all their websites running through Imperva, but they can't. They have to choose the more critical websites to protect because the price is very high. It is a very good product, but it is too expensive. If you buy a plan for 20 megabytes and you don't consume all of your 20 megabytes, it is okay, but if you consume more, you are charged for the superior traffic."
"Imperva charges us based on bandwidth, which is better than other vendors that charge us according to data transfer."
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Comparison Review

it_user68487 - PeerSpot reviewer
Nov 6, 2013
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Questions from the Community

How do I choose between AWS Global Accelerator and Amazon CloudFront?
Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Amazon’s Web Service Global Accelerator or Amazon CloudFront global content delivery network was the better fit for us. We decided to go w...
What do you like most about Amazon CloudFront?
The solution has good security features.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Amazon CloudFront?
I used to work with AWS and Azure, and we provided cost comparisons for customers to help them choose the right services. Azure tends to be more user-friendly and easier to understand, while AWS ma...
What do you like most about Imperva Incapsula?
We use Imperva DDoS to stop DDoS attacks and reduce the amount of unwanted queries against web services or web scraping.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Imperva Incapsula?
The solution is very affordable. It's based on the traffic utilization, the average traffic utilization, not the DDoS traffic. Therefore, if you're being DDoSed, you don't pay extra for the absorpt...
What needs improvement with Imperva Incapsula?
It’s hard to think of an improvement. The three-second service level agreement is already better than the competition. You would ordinarily say something like API protection. However, they've got t...



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Sample Customers

Unilever, Spotify, Pinterest, MLB Advanced Media, Foursquare, PBS, Airbnb, Netflix, WIX, Comcast, Automobili Lamborghini, Rovio, Discovery Communications
Hitachi, BNZ, Bitstamp, Moz, InnoGames, BTCChina, Wix, LivePerson, Zillow and more.
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