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We performed a comparison between AWS Shield and Prolexic based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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Pros
"I am impressed with the product's multiple features like security.""It is integrated with AWS. So, it gives you a good first step.""We have integrated the tool with Active Directory. The most important feature is that it's transparent and doesn't degrade the performance of our solution. Additionally, it's easy to configure, which is crucial for us. It's easy to use and set up and stops attacks on our servers. We haven't encountered any attack problems because the solution stops them in real-time. AWS Shield specifically focuses on defending against denial-of-service attacks, making it a great solution for that type of threat.""The solution's ease of use is the most valuable feature.""The product has a good mechanism to analyze trends and trigger events."

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"The solution does not have hardware or maintenance requirements and is very easy to scale."

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Cons
"We end up having to pay extra for features that AWS adds that we don't need.""The product needs to improve its logs and reports to make it read better.""The product is expensive.""The product should give users more flexibility to customize their security policies according to their requirements.""The management of it is a bit hard. If you don't engineer it on the front side, it is hard to go back in and change it. It could be improved in terms of architecture requirements and then ongoing support requirements as a secondary component to it. People tend to set up things like this, and they just expect it to work without the care and feeding that needs to go back into it either from an application team or a network environment team."

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"The solution needs additional product options for small and medium enterprises."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It depends on your subscription level and the volume that you're spending with AWS. So, it is very relative to the consumption alignment in your subscription level. It is a well-constructed, scalable pricing option, but it is relative to how much you're spending on AWS. Because the more you spend, typically, the more you get off on services like this. I find it to be comparable to other solutions."
  • "The cost depends on traffic each month, so on average, it costs us between US$200 and US$300 per month."
  • "We pay $3000 per month for the solution."
  • "The tool's pricing is good."
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  • "The pricing is a pay-as-you-go model that is charged by the hour."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:We have integrated the tool with Active Directory. The most important feature is that it's transparent and doesn't degrade the performance of our solution. Additionally, it's easy to configure, which… more »
    Top Answer:The product needs to improve its logs and reports to make it read better.
    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:The solution needs additional product options for small and medium enterprises. Pricing should be more transparent and visible on the website. Currently, we need to request pricing through an email… more »
    Top Answer:Our company uses the solution to provide customized infrastructure and cloud services to our customers. We currently have five to ten customers using the solution. Our model is to continue to move… more »
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    5
    Average Words per Review
    605
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    8.6
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    2,595
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    1
    Average Words per Review
    386
    Rating
    7.0
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    Also Known As
    Akamai Prolexic Routed
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    Overview

    AWS Shield is a managed Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection service that safeguards applications running on AWS. AWS Shield provides always-on detection and automatic inline mitigations that minimize application downtime and latency, so there is no need to engage AWS Support to benefit from DDoS protection.

    Akamai Prolexic is a cloud-based DDoS protection solution that defends your data center and hybrid infrastructure to ensure availability and uptime. It provides comprehensive port and protocol protection against the broadest range of DDoS attacks, including high-bandwidth sustained attacks and complex multi-vector attacks. Prolexic is available as an always-on or on-demand service, contains a Network Cloud Firewall, and offers flexible integration models based on your desired security posture across hybrid origins. Prolexic is backed by a proven platform with more than 20 Tbps of dedicated DDoS defense capacity and our 24/7/365 global SOCC for a fully managed solution.

    Prolexic stops DDoS attacks closer to the source to maximize performance for users and to maintain network resiliency through cloud distribution. Instead of originating advertisements for your prefixes from your cloud/data centers, you’ll make either a border gateway protocol route advertisement change or DNS redirection (A record or CNAME record) to originate from one of many Akamai scrubbing centers globally. Your intended traffic is then routed to the user via Anycast through the closest scrubbing center. Prolexic will inspect the traffic to determine if it is good or bad, and apply proactive and/or custom mitigation controls designed to stop attacks instantly if needed. This ensures fast and accurate DDoS protection. Clean traffic is then returned to the customer origin via GRE tunnels, Layer 2 VLAN connections, and/or VIP-to-origin back-end mapping with little perceived latency. Prolexic also features a Network Cloud Firewall that allows IT teams to auto generate or manually manage access control lists.

    Sample Customers
    netflix, dow jones, mapbox, pearson, rovio, youview, moviestar planet, asurion, payplug, hour of code
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    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Comms Service Provider6%
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    Educational Organization28%
    Financial Services Firm25%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Insurance Company6%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise63%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business9%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection
    May 2024
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    AWS Shield is ranked 6th in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection with 5 reviews while Prolexic is ranked 14th in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection with 4 reviews. AWS Shield is rated 8.6, while Prolexic is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of AWS Shield writes "The solution automatically scales according to traffic, only takes minutes to deploy, and is maintenance-free". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Prolexic writes "Scaling is very easy but more options are needed for enterprise environments". AWS Shield is most compared with Cloudflare, Cloudflare DDoS, Azure DDoS Protection, Akamai App and API Protector and Arbor DDoS, whereas Prolexic is most compared with Cloudflare DDoS, Akamai App and API Protector, Cloudflare, Arbor DDoS and Lumen DDoS Mitigation.

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