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We performed a comparison between Arbor DDoS and Cloudflare DDoS 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 DDoS Report (Updated: March 2024).
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Quotes From Members
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Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The stability is okay and we have not encountered problems with the solution.""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.""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 auto-mitigation, that signaling feature, where it automatically raises an alarm that a line is under attack, is important. The upstream service provider will then do something to reduce the load on our internet lines. The fact that it's automated means I don't have to sit and always be looking at threats coming through. It does it almost automatically, without any intervention by me.""It has an easy-to-understand GUI...Stability-wise, I rate the solution a ten out of ten.""Reporting is quite good. There are several pages of reporting on DDoS attacks, and you can find all the details that you need.""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.""I like all the features together as a whole."

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"It is a stable solution.""The blocking feature is very good.""Cloudflare DDoS is better than its competitors for its security, deployment, and scalability.""This solution is easy to understand and easy to configure.""The best feature is rate limiting. If I'm expecting 500 visits per hour, Cloudflare will limit the requests if I suddenly get 50,000.""The capabilities of the software are strong enough for me to do what it's supposed to do. For me, we don't need to do a lot of configuration on our site. We just enable it and monitor it.""The solution has different options that can be used to differentiate DDoS attacks.""It will take the blow rather than our applications should an attack occur."

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"Because we had some routers that were somewhat old, they were not integrated with Arbor. They did not support the NetFlow version that Arbor was running. That was a challenge. We had to upgrade the routers. Some backward-compatibility would be helpful.""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.""The support got worse after NETSCOUT acquired Arbor.""It is an expensive product, so there is room for improvement in terms of pricing.""The upgrade process is mildly complex requiring treatment of the custom embedded OS separately from the application. The correlation of the underling OS to the application version can be easily missed.""Implementation could be better.""The following areas need improvement: opening and tracking support tickets, online support resources, software upgrades/updates and replacement media, and event management guidelines.""The solution's shortcomings are related to its documentation, so it's an area that needs to improve."

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"The onboarding process can be improved a little bit.""The tool should provide on-premise versions. Currently, all versions are cloud-based.""Operating and tuning the product is difficult.""Our subscription plan for the solution has a limitation of bot signatures.""The software has automated alerts, but the automated alerts are not available in the mobile app.""Our customers no longer use Cloudflare because its service is subpar.""Lacks a VPN feature to provide a secure connection to the data center.""There are premium tier live service and lower tier live service, so we opted for the lower tier. But there is no medium tier where we pay a little extra and get a bit more service. So if that can be improved."

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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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  • "The price tag is no longer $200,000, but rather $300,000 to $400,000. It's twice."
  • "The pricing of the solution is cheap. The licensing cost is also very low. I rate the cost and pricing a three out of ten."
  • "The solution is not that expensive."
  • "The solution's pricing lacks transparency."
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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 DDoS mitigates DDoS attacks.
    Top Answer:The solution's pricing lacks transparency. You never know what you're paying for, and even their team sometimes cannot give you a correct answer on how they calculate something.
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    Also Known As
    Arbor Networks SP, Arbor Networks TMS, Arbor Cloud for ENT
    Cloudflare DDoS Protection
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    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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    Sample Customers
    Xtel Communications
    crunchbase, SoFi,, LogMeIn, DigitalOcean, okcupid, Montecito, Discord, Udacity
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider55%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Media Company6%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Educational Organization8%
    Company Size
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Buyer's Guide
    Arbor DDoS vs. Cloudflare DDoS
    March 2024
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    Arbor DDoS is ranked 2nd in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection with 46 reviews while Cloudflare DDoS is ranked 4th in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection with 12 reviews. Arbor DDoS is rated 8.6, while Cloudflare DDoS is rated 8.6. 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 DDoS writes "Perfect from my perspective; simple, user-friendly and easy to configure". Arbor DDoS is most compared with Radware DefensePro, Cloudflare, Corero, Imperva DDoS and A10 Thunder TPS, whereas Cloudflare DDoS is most compared with AWS Shield, Prolexic, StormWall Website Anti-DDoS Protection, Linode and Radware DefensePro. See our Arbor DDoS vs. Cloudflare DDoS report.

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