Arbor DDoS vs Imperva DDoS comparison


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Arbor DDoS
Ranking in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection
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Imperva DDoS
Ranking in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection
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CDN (6th), Web Application Firewall (WAF) (19th)

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection category, the mindshare of Arbor DDoS is 16.7%, up from 12.2% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Imperva DDoS is 6.0%, down from 9.4% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection
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Web Application Firewall (WAF)

Featured Reviews

Sobhakant Dhungana - PeerSpot reviewer
May 18, 2023
A stable solution offering features like analytics and attack mitigation capabilities
Arbor DDoS is not used for enterprise companies but by some other companies, including NIDC, a government entity Analytics and its attack mitigation capabilities are valuable features of the solution. It is an expensive product, so there is room for improvement in terms of pricing. I work for…
it_user574089 - PeerSpot reviewer
Dec 18, 2016
The anti-DDoS protection has distributed nodes around the world.
Infrastructure protection (anti-DDoS): Imperva anti-DDoS protection has the well-known value of having lots of distributed nodes around the world, making it the best value for DDoS protection. They also include protection against almost all known DDoS attack methods The product has given us DDoS…

Quotes from Members

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


"I like all the features together as a whole."
"The solution provides good protection against volumetric DDoS attacks."
"Arbor has the ability to learn and self-create the appropriate profile for each customer."
"We are able to respond quickly and prevent DDoS attacks."
"Arbor has a global ranking in reliability and credibility. They are very unique and can respond to a very wide scope of threats from their global deployment."
"Valuable features include simple and centralized management of user access and capabilities, as well as Web 2.0 interactive attack alerting, traffic visualization, and mitigation service control."
"The stateless device format means that the box is very strong for preventing DDoS attacks."
"It has an easy-to-understand GUI...Stability-wise, I rate the solution a ten out of ten."
"It is an effective threat mitigation tool."
"Integration with IBM AS/400 and Db2 is okay."
"Provides Anti-DDoS protection, as well as other protections like SQL injection, Cross-Site Scripting, and antiscanner. These types of protection are valuable to the business due to the daily attacks on our portals, and that often cannot be seen without a tool like this."
"It is a stable solution."
"The dashboard is good and user-friendly."
"The complete solution is valuable for everything it delivers and the protection it offers."
"Incapsula takes care of the CDN infrastructure and bandwidth volume, providing several enterprise "load balancing" features."
"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."


"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."
"On the main page there are alerts that we are unable to clear, even though the issue has been resolved."
"Arbor's SSL decryption is confusing and needs external cards to be installed in the devices. This is not the best solution from an architectural point of view for protecting HTTPS and every other protocol that is SSL encrypted."
"An issue which needs to be addressed concerns information I received of attacks on the radar and Arbor, allegedly, not taking any action."
"Implementation could be better."
"Arbor Pravail APS devices do not sync features or config the backup enough. This needs to be improved."
"It is an expensive product, so there is room for improvement in terms of pricing."
"I think the diversity of protection is extremely limited. It must be expanded in future upgrades and versions."
"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."
"I would like to have support for SSL management and secure DNS."
"Certificate management could be improved."
"There’s nothing that’s missing in terms of features."
"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."
"The weakest point of Imperva is their first level of support, which should be improved. They should also improve the access and security logs viewing directly on the portal. I would like to see better access and security logs through the portal and not only through a SIM solution. Currently, if you want to explore your access and security logs from Imperva, you need a SIM tool or a SIM infrastructure on your side to do it. You can't do it manually or directly through the portal, which is a big problem for us. I had a call yesterday with Imperva for the roadmap, and I just told them this. They agreed that this is an improvement point from their side."
"Its price could be improved. It is quite expensive. It will be good if we could export the configuration. Currently, to control the configuration, we need to go to each website, which is not very convenient."
"It needs to be improved every time there are new attacks."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"I don't deal with the pricing, but it seems that you need to get basic support in order to upgrade the software and implement some patches."
"The price of this solution is a little high in the African market, it should be lower."
"The price is a little high."
"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."
"The pricing of the solution is cheap."
"The price of Arbor DDoS depends on many parameters. It depends on the physical capacity of the environment, and it is not a straight-line price. It's fairly competitive in the market on the price."
"I believe that the price of Arbor DDoS falls under the bracket of medium to high price."
"It is an expensive product. I use this product for its different features."
"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 solution's price is high for small companies."
"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."
"​Although the pricing can be a little high, it is worth the protection and security that it offers.​"
"Imperva charges us based on bandwidth, which is better than other vendors that charge us according to data transfer."
"We are satisfied with the pricing."
"The cost is on par with other solutions such as Cloudflare and Akamai."
"We have an issue with Imperva Incapsula in the Iraqi market because of the high price."
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Comparison Review

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

Which is the best DDoS protection solution for a big ISP for monitoring and mitigating?
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.
Which is the best DDoS protection solution for a big ISP for monitoring and mitigating?
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.
What do you like most about Arbor DDoS?
The quality of the technical support provided by Arbor DDoS is premium.
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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Arbor Networks SP, Arbor Networks TMS, Arbor Cloud for ENT
Imperva Incapsula

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Sample Customers

Xtel Communications
Hitachi, BNZ, Bitstamp, Moz, InnoGames, BTCChina, Wix, LivePerson, Zillow and more.
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