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We performed a comparison between Amazon CloudFront and Imperva DDoS based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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Pros
"The setup of Imperva DDoS was easy.""The three-second service level agreement is already better than the competition.""Integration with IBM AS/400 and Db2 is okay.""The solution is very good at intercepting traffic before it gets to our data centers.""Imperva Incapsula has many valuable features. One, it protects the top 10 OWAS vulnerability, the open web application software platform, this is standard. Secondly, it protects against broken authentication. As well, it has remote execution of 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.""It fits our requirements, as well as our budget.""Technical support was very helpful."

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Cons
"They should have more Edge locations so that CloudFront can be used much more. If they can make it a little bit cheaper and better than other networks, we will be able to use it more."

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"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 see automated reporting to improve visibility.""It would be beneficial to include vulnerability management in the solution, similar to what they have for their on-premise solution.""The cost could be lower; our end clients need to have a high budget to purchase this solution.""The salespeople tend to exaggerate its capabilities, which can cost you money if you don't verify the information.""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.""There’s nothing that’s missing in terms of features.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Its price is really on the high side. It should be cheaper in general."
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  • "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."
  • "The cost is somewhere around $10,000 a site. For every site, you pay individually. For every DNS entry, you have you pay."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "Pricing could be more competitive."
  • "Imperva charges us based on bandwidth, which is better than other vendors that charge us according to data transfer."
  • "The license is on a yearly basis."
  • "Varies depending on the needs of the customer."
  • "We have an issue with Imperva Incapsula in the Iraqi market because of the high price."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: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 with… more »
    Top Answer:Its price is really on the high side. It should be cheaper in general.
    Top Answer:The three-second service level agreement is already better than the competition.
    Top Answer: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 absorption… more »
    Top Answer: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 that… more »
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    Average Words per Review
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    Imperva Incapsula
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    Overview

    Amazon CloudFront is a global content delivery network (CDN) service that accelerates delivery of your websites, APIs, video content or other web assets. It integrates with other Amazon Web Services products to give developers and businesses an easy way to accelerate content to end users with no minimum usage commitments. Amazon CloudFront can be used to deliver your entire website, including dynamic, static, streaming, and interactive content using a global network of edge locations. Requests for your content are automatically routed to the nearest edge location, so content is delivered with the best possible performance. Amazon CloudFront is optimized to work with other Amazon Web Services, like Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, and Amazon Route 53. Amazon CloudFront also works seamlessly with any non-AWS origin server, which stores the original, definitive versions of your files. Like other Amazon Web Services products, there are no long-term contracts or minimum monthly usage commitments for using Amazon CloudFront – you pay only for as much or as little content as you actually deliver through the content delivery service.

    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:

    • API security
    • Web application firewall
    • Bot management
    • Application delivery
    • Runtime protection (RASP)
    • Discovery and assessment
    • Data protection
    • Data risk analytics
    • Data privacy
    • Application delivery control (ADC)
    • Content delivery network (CDN)
    • DDoS mitigation
    • Global server load-balancing (GSLB)
    • Web application firewall (WAF)
    • Client-side protection
    • Runtime protection

    Imperva DDoS Benefits

    There are several benefits to implementing Imperva DDoS. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Reduce web application risk: Imperva DDoS includes automatic policy creation and fast rule propagation that give your IT and security departments the ability to use third-party code without risk while working at the pace of DevOps.
    • Security from edge to database: Imperva DDoS’s WAF feature secures from edge to database, so the traffic you receive is only the traffic you want.
    • Safeguard sensitive and personal data: Imperva DDoS provides visibility into sensitive and personal data, with the controls to protect that data and the ability to unify management across cloud, on-premises, and in hybrid environments to help accommodate changing threats, new regulations, and challenging audits.

    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.”

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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.
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Media Company8%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Non Tech Company11%
    Marketing Services Firm8%
    Insurance Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Insurance Company6%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise68%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business49%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise38%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Amazon CloudFront is ranked 5th in CDN with 1 review while Imperva DDoS is ranked 1st in CDN with 13 reviews. Amazon CloudFront is rated 9.0, while Imperva DDoS is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Amazon CloudFront writes "Easy to install, stable, and scalable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Imperva DDoS writes "Reliable with an impressive three-second SLA and reasonable pricing". Amazon CloudFront is most compared with Azure Front Door, AWS Global Accelerator, Cloudflare, Akamai and Verizon EdgeCast, whereas Imperva DDoS is most compared with Cloudflare, Imperva Web Application Firewall, Akamai, AWS WAF and NGINX App Protect.

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