AWS WAF vs Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service comparison


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Ranking in Web Application Firewall (WAF)
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Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Web Application Firewall (WAF) category, the mindshare of AWS WAF is 16.2%, down from 17.0% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service is 1.1%, up from 0.5% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

Manikandan-R - PeerSpot reviewer
Mar 7, 2024
Sends useful alerts and enables to automate tasks by creating rules
We use Managed Rules mostly ALB is integrated with WAF. When ALB spikes up, we know there’s something wrong. Usually, bots attack the applications. Rule groups are valuable. We use it for DDoS. We do customizations with the help of Managed Rules in AWS. We use AWS WAF’s API to automate security…
Dec 20, 2023
A product that offers great bot protection feature with a need to improve its stability
My company had faced some downtime or an outage twice with Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service due to backend problems. The stability of the product is an area of concern where improvements are required. I don't know much about what additional features are required in the product's future releases since I think it has almost all users. One feature I want in the solution stems from the fact that there are almost 17 applications protected in our company with the help of Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service. If I need to block one IP address for all 17 applications together, it is not possible, and I need to block the IP address on each application separately, making it a time-consuming process. It would be great if the product allows users to block an IP address for all the applications in an environment in one go rather than having to block the IP address separately for each application.

Quotes from Members

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


"The ability to take multiple data sets and match those data sets together is the solution's most valuable feature. The data lake that comes with it is very useful because that allows us to match data sets with different configurations that we wouldn't normally be able to match."
"The most valuable features are the geo-restriction denials and the web ACL."
"The most valuable features of AWS WAF are its cloud-native and on-demand."
"The web solution effectively protects from vulnerabilities and cyber attacks."
"It is a one-click WAF with no effort needed."
"This is not a product that you need to install. You just use it."
"I believe the most impressive features are integration and ease of use. The best part of AWS WAF is the cloud-native WAF integration. There aren't any hidden deployments or hidden infrastructure which we have to maintain to have AWS WAF. AWS maintains everything; all we have to do is click the button, and WAF will be activated. Any packet coming through the internet will be filtered through."
"The product’s availability, ease of configuration, and documentation are valuable."
"The product's bot protection feature is valuable for our company."
"The most valuable features of the solution are it is plug and play, has automated policies, a simple configuration, and is easy to create rules."
"It provides an ease of policy management."
"I like its ability to identify known attacks, including DDOS attacks. It's valuable because software must be able to stop known attacks. Application attacks are evolving all the time. When it comes to software-as-a-service, we need to have software that knows about all the latest attacks. It should also protect against major unknown attacks."
"The solution can be used for threat prevention or as a cloud-to-cloud backup system"


"The product must provide more features."
"The price could be improved."
"We don't have much control over blocking, because the WAF is managed by AWS."
"The cost management has room for improvement."
"While the complexity of the installation can vary from one service to another, overall, I would say that it and the configuration and navigation are somewhat complex."
"The technical support does not respond to bugs in the coding of the product."
"AWS WAF could improve by making the overall management easier. Many people that have started working with AWS WAF do not have an easy time. They should make it easy to use."
"This solution could be improved if the configuration steps were more specific to WAF, compared to other cloud services."
"One significant area for improvement in Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service lies in its market positioning and pricing strategy."
"The solution can improve by bundling Security Operation Center (SOC) with the WAF-as-a-Service, it would provide a lot more value to customers."
"We found it a bit slow when accessing it through the web browser. The URL also exposed the user name and the hashed password. When I log into my Barracuda WAF user portal, I could see the username and the hashed password on the URL itself. So, it is not very secure, and it is important to take that off."
"The stability of the product is an area of concern where improvements are required."
"It's a very specific solution that is only requested for a customer's web code or their global IT policy."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The price of AWS WAF is reasonable, it is not expensive and it is not cheap."
"The price of AWS WAF is expensive if you do not know how to manage your software up or down. I price of the solution is average amongst the other competitors but it would be better if it was less expensive."
"The product is moderately priced."
"Its price is fair. There is a very fair amount that they charge. It has a pay-as-you-go model, so it pretty much depends on how much a user uses it. As per the cloud norms, the more you use, the more you pay. I would rate it a five out of ten in terms of pricing."
"It's quite affordable. It's in the middle."
"AWS WAF costs $5 monthly plus $1 for the rule. It's cheap, cost-wise. It's worth the money."
"The solution is affordable."
"The price is average."
"The product is expensive but it offers flexible pricing. It could be affordable."
"I rate the product's price a five on a scale of one to ten, where one is low, and ten is high. There are no additional costs to be paid apart from the standard licensing fees attached to the solution."
"It's very difficult for me to give an estimate of the cost. All I know is that we sell the box itself as a service."
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Questions from the Community

What are the limitations of AWS WAF vs alternative WAFs?
Hi Varun, I have had experienced with several WAF deployments and deep technical assessments of the following: 1. Imperva WAF 2. F5 WAF 3. Polarisec Cloud WAF Typical limitations on cloud WAF is t...
How does AWS WAF compare to Microsoft Azure Application Gateway?
Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Amazon’s Web Service Web Application Firewall or Microsoft Azure Application Gateway web application firewall software was the better fit ...
What do you like most about AWS WAF?
The most valuable feature of AWS WAF is its highly configurable rules system.
What needs improvement with Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service?
One significant area for improvement in Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service lies in its market positioning and pricing strategy. Additionally, it could operate in a local data center. This limitation hinder...
What is your primary use case for Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service?
We use the product for securing email systems, protecting websites, and safeguarding web-based applications and portals.

Also Known As

AWS Web Application Firewall
Barracuda WAF as a Service



Sample Customers

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