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We performed a comparison between Arbor DDoS and Cloudflare based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Arbor DDoS vs. Cloudflare Report (Updated: March 2024).
771,862 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Here are some excerpts of what they said:
Pros
"Our customers are very happy when we provide them with the interface... They can check how many attacks they have faced and how many attacks have been blocked.""We are able to respond quickly and prevent DDoS attacks.""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.""The solution provides good protection against volumetric DDoS attacks.""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.""We can reduce the bandwidth to minimize the attack level. If we see more than 2.5 GBs we drop it directly.""The most valuable feature is mitigation, which can blackhole the IP.""The stateless device format means that the box is very strong for preventing DDoS attacks."

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"Cloudflare is a security SaaS provider that provides security and protects us from any application layer attack.""Smaller businesses have seen great ROI due to the low investment and strong performance.""Generally, I am satisfied with this product.""We're using dynamic components to build flexible pages to create and manage Git merge requests for code and reviews.""The most valuable feature is the web application firewall.""The web application firewall brought us good security and a view of the accesses/blocks of the entire domain and subdomain that were accessed both by region (country) and IPs.""The solution provides good load balancing and protection against DDoS attacks.""DDoS attacks target unprotected machines. Cloudflare detects and stops these attacks using internal systems. It identifies incoming DDoS attacks, issuing challenges or blocking them immediately."

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Cons
"For troubleshooting problems, it's not so intuitive. It's not straightforward. This is the core of their kernel, so they need to improve it a little bit... In F5 I have full control of everything.""It is an expensive product, so there is room for improvement in terms of pricing.""We need a SaaS model for the solution.""The regional support here in African could improve, such as marketing and account managers.""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 following areas need improvement: opening and tracking support tickets, online support resources, software upgrades/updates and replacement media, and event management guidelines.""An issue which needs to be addressed concerns information I received of attacks on the radar and Arbor, allegedly, not taking any action.""If we want to see live traffic, we can see do so. But once an attack that lasts for five minutes is done, the data is no longer there. It would be an improvement if we could see recent traffic in the dashboard. We can check and download live traffic, but a past attack, with all the details, such as why it happened and how to mitigate and prevent such future attacks, would be helpful to see."

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"There should be a specific price list for enterprise-level customers.""It should be easier to collect the logs with companies like Sumo. However, based on my discussions with the salespeople, I understand that's how they make their money. With the enterprise product, they want people doing those kinds of enterprise features to do the logging. They want them to pay a lot of money, and that's where I have an issue with them. That should be a default. You should be able to get the log no matter what. The logging should be universal.""Although I think it's quite good, it doesn't provide me with all the features I would expect to have if I were using Imperva.""It should have easier documentation for the configuration. It's very technical and people who aren't technical should also be able to do the configuration.""The solution could work at being less expensive. It costs a lot to use it.""Cloudflare's console should be made more user-friendly.""I think the APIs are a little bit hard for us to work with. The APIs could be more open so that we could integrate better with our SolarWinds or our monitoring solution.""We're facing challenges due to an upgrade in the machine learning model. The problem arises from some users abusing the APIs, resulting in an influx of suspicious traffic. Cloudflare's learning model mistakenly identifies this traffic as human. Consequently, it assigns it a higher trust score, akin to legitimate human traffic, causing complications in our architecture. Previously, such traffic would have been categorized as suspicious, enabling us to apply appropriate blocking rules. However, we encounter difficulties distinguishing between genuine and suspicious traffic with the new categorization. Despite these challenges, overall, Cloudflare remains the preferred solution compared to Azure, AWS CloudFront, and Google Cloud Armor."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Start with a small license. Measure your bandwidth requirements."
  • "Because the solutions from competitors are very different, it's not easy to compare. However, the licensing from Arbor is clear and understandable and the pricing is reasonable when looking at the market, in general."
  • "As far as I know, they are the best in this sector, in DDoS protection. They know it, I know, because their service prices are too high. They provide cloud DDoS protection for ISPs, but that is also too expensive."
  • "Arbor's products are very expensive. Their competitors are cheap when compared with Arbor."
  • "I'm a technical guy. But I know it's expensive compared to its competitors. After you have the on-premise solution, for your solution to be effective you have to subscribe to an "upper level," so there's another cost. There is also a subscription to cloud services, which is another cost."
  • "Pricing is slightly on the higher side."
  • "Arbor is striking a good balance between pricing and what they deliver."
  • "The solution is a bit costly if you're a small organization, but I think it's worth the price that they are charging."
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  • "So far I use free tier and happy with it. You can subscribe to business package if needed."
  • "I think the pricing is competitive. I think as far as licensing is concerned it's pretty straightforward because it's based on domain. It's just that sometimes domains could be tricky with some customers."
  • "There are no additional costs beyond the standard licensing fees."
  • "The cost primarily depends on the size of the organization."
  • "We don't have any issues with the price."
  • "The price is reasonable."
  • "The solution is expensive when compared to other products but offers unlimited bandwidth."
  • "It's a premium model. You can start at zero and work your way up to the enterprise model, which has a very high pricing level."
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    Questions from the Community
    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 quality of the technical support provided by Arbor DDoS is premium.
    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:Cloudflare offers CDN and DDoS protection. We have the front end, API, and database in how you structure applications.
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    Also Known As
    Arbor Networks SP, Arbor Networks TMS, Arbor Cloud for ENT
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    Overview

    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

    Cloudflare is a highly-regarded Content Delivery Network (CDN) and a Distribution Denial of Service (DDoS) protection solution. The robust global cloud platform that is Cloudflare ensures users are able to connect to the internet quickly, securely, and reliably. Cloudflare is one of the world's largest networks in the marketplace today. Using Cloudflare, businesses, educational entities, NGOs, vloggers, bloggers, and anyone else with an internet presence can use the solution and experience more secure, faster websites and applications.

    Currently, there are millions of internet locations on Cloudflare, and the Cloudflare network continues to grow every day by the thousands. The solution is able to fulfill the requests for millions of websites seamlessly and serves on average 45 million HTTP requests per second.

    Cloudflare has safe, secure data centers in close to 300 cities worldwide to ensure every client request is filled as quickly as possible. It is Cloudflare’s edge network that makes this possible by keeping content and other services as close to each client as possible, so the information requests are always only seconds away.

    Many organizations that work in democracy, civil society, human rights, or the arts are able to access Cloudflare highest levels of protection for free via Project Galileo. Additionally, official election websites can be secured from hacking and fraud through Cloudflare’s Project Athenian, also at no additional cost.

    Cloudflare can also help organizations of all sizes develop a robust zero-trust strategy to ensure the highest levels of productivity and profitability. Employees, stakeholders, and end-users have a greater level of satisfaction and overall improved user experience, which can, in turn, result in higher revenues and overall ROI. Zero-trust and BYOD ( bring your own device) access ensure end-users and employees always have the best resources and technology available to them at all times.



    Cloudflare Benefits

    Cloudflare has many benefits. Some of its most valuable benefits include:

    • Faster load times
    • Robust DNS security
    • Intuitive cloud Web Application Firewall (WAF)
    • Free universal SSL
    • Image Enhancement
    • Automatic Browser Caching
    • Next-generation cloud load balancer
    • Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)
    • Rate Limiting
    • Minification
    • Zero-trust capabilities 
    • Cost-effective
    • Reduced carbon footprint

    Reviews from Real Users

    “Many websites require an SSL certificate because they sell stuff and want SSL. Cloudflare comes with an SSL certificate built in. It's automatic. You sign yourself up for Cloudflare, and an SSL certificate automatically protects your website. If you have a connection between your website and your host, the server, Cloudflare, and the host, you don't necessarily need a certificate.”  Spencer M., Owner at Tech Exchange

    “What I like best about Cloudflare is that my company can use it to trace and manage applications and monitor traffic. The solution tells you if there's a spike in traffic. Cloudflare also sends you a link to check your equipment and deployment and track it through peering, so it's a valuable tool.” Daniel P., Network engineer at Ufinet

    The most valuable feature of Cloudflare is the GUI. You are able to control the solution very well through the interface. There is a lot of functionality that is embedded in the service.” A PeerSpot user who is a Competence Center Manager at a tech services company. 

    Sample Customers
    Xtel Communications
    Trusted by over 9,000,000 Internet Applications and APIs, including Nasdaq, Zendesk, Crunchbase, Steve Madden, OkCupid, Cisco, Quizlet, Discord and more.
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider55%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Media Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Government7%
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    Financial Services Firm22%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Engineering Company13%
    Marketing Services Firm9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Educational Organization38%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Comms Service Provider5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise43%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise62%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business65%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise23%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise46%
    Large Enterprise36%
    Buyer's Guide
    Arbor DDoS vs. Cloudflare
    March 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about Arbor DDoS vs. Cloudflare and other solutions. Updated: March 2024.
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    Arbor DDoS is ranked 2nd in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection with 46 reviews while Cloudflare is ranked 1st in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection with 57 reviews. Arbor DDoS is rated 8.6, while Cloudflare is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Arbor DDoS writes "A critical solution for security, as it includes features that can automatically detect and prevent DDoS attacks". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cloudflare writes "It's easy to set up because you point the DNS to it, and it's working in under 15 minutes". Arbor DDoS is most compared with Radware DefensePro, Corero, Imperva DDoS, A10 Thunder TPS and Fortinet FortiDDoS, whereas Cloudflare is most compared with Akamai, Azure Front Door, Imperva DDoS, AWS Shield and Radware DefensePro. See our Arbor DDoS vs. Cloudflare report.

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