AWS WAF vs F5 Silverline Managed Services comparison

 

Comparison Buyer's Guide

Executive Summary
 

Categories and Ranking

AWS WAF
Ranking in Web Application Firewall (WAF)
1st
Average Rating
8.0
Number of Reviews
52
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
F5 Silverline Managed Services
Ranking in Web Application Firewall (WAF)
20th
Average Rating
7.6
Number of Reviews
14
Ranking in other categories
Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection (11th)
 

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Web Application Firewall (WAF) category, the mindshare of AWS WAF is 18.1%, up from 16.0% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of F5 Silverline Managed Services is 1.3%, up from 1.0% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Web Application Firewall (WAF)
Unique Categories:
No other categories found
Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection
1.9%
 

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…
BK
Sep 17, 2020
It is flexible and lets you easily apply policies, but it needs to support more PoPs
F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall, being a new product in the market or comparatively related to a new product, currently supports less number of PoPs. They should introduce more PoPs. The current number of PoPs that they have is around 10 or 12, which is still relatively less as compared to 2,400 plus PoPs that Akamai offers. The user latency or the number of hops a user needs before reaching the actual web application is less in Akamai because it has its internal fabric to route the traffic. They need to spin up more data to increase its traffic handling capability. They can also include the bot detection capability, though it is a pretty advanced functionality. If they could include DataDome like functionality, that is, bot prediction, then F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall will be top-notch in the market.

Quotes from Members

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

Pros

"The most valuable feature of AWS WAF is its highly configurable rules system."
"What I like best about AWS WAF is that it's a simple tool, so I could understand the basics of AWS WAF in two to three hours."
"AWS WAF is something that someone from a cloud background or cloud security background leverages. If they want to natively use a solution in the cloud, AWS WAF comes in handy. It's very useful for that, and the way we can fine-tune the WAF rules is also nice."
"The most valuable feature is the capability to limit access based on geographical location by restricting specific IP addresses."
"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."
"It's simple, easy to use."
"The initial setup was very straightforward. Deployment took about ten minutes or less."
"The most valuable features are the geo-restriction denials and the web ACL."
"The initial setup is very straightforward."
"The most valuable feature of F5 Silverline Managed Services is the benchmark performance."
"F5 technical support is really good."
"The product’s UI is easy to understand."
"The most important feature is that they have seven firewall protection, to protect our web servers."
"It's a good front end for public infrastructure"
"The most valuable feature is flexibility."
"Most vendors fulfill the requirements for standard DDoS protection, but F5 Silverline Managed Services has a better understanding of defending web applications like HTTP and can mitigate more bot activity than any other vendor."
 

Cons

"They have to do more to improve, to innovate more features. They need to increase the security. It has to be more active in detecting threats."
"On the UI side, I would like it if they could bring back the geolocation view on the corner."
"The user experience, the interface, is lacking. Sometimes it's hard to find certain areas that it has alerted on."
"Technical support for AWS WAF needs improvement."
"It will be helpful if the product recommends rules that we can implement."
"The price could be improved."
"I would like to be able to view a graphical deployment map in the user interface that will give me an overview of the configuration and help to determine whether I have missed any steps."
"One area for improvement in AWS WAF could be the limitation on the number of rules, particularly those from third-party sources, within the free tier."
"F5 Silverline Managed Services can improve by adding features that Palo Alto has."
"You need to have Linux knowledge in order to use the shell."
"The price is high in comparison to other products."
"We'd like more AI to be used. Right now, they don't use it enough."
"There is a lot of room for improvement with their tech support. I am not sure F5 Silverline Managed Services can be classified as having tech support."
"I just hope the price can be cheaper."
"The price of F5 Silverline Managed Services could be better."
"There is room for improvement in the stability of the solution."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"It's quite affordable. It's in the middle."
"For our infrastructure, we probably pay around $16,000 per month for AWS WAF. Because alternative WAF solutions provide even more features, I think the AWS WAF is a bit pricey"
"The price is average."
"The pricing is good and manageable."
"AWS WAF has reasonable pricing."
"There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
"It's cheap."
"We are kind of doing a POC comparison to see what works best. Pricing-wise, AWS is one of the most attractive ones. It is fairly cheap, and we like the pricing part. We're trying to see what makes more sense operation-wise, license-wise, and pricing-wise."
"The product’s pricing is reasonable."
"The price of F5 Silverline Managed Services could be reduced."
"F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall works based on your bandwidth. They look at the clean bandwidth and do the pricing. 20% of a total pipe would be a clean bandwidth. The list price or a non-negotiated price for F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall would be around $2,200 per application per year for everything that you need. When you get into an enterprise kind of a setup, they negotiate this to the last bit. I would easily take 20% on that, which would be the cost, but it should cover all your Advance WAF features, bot protection, tech campaign, etc. It is built as a package and gives you most of the capability. You don't get the mobile SDK, which is an additional license. Mobile SDK is required only if you're buying or if you have a mobile application, and you are going to instrument F5 or Imperva into your mobile appliance. This anyways would be an additional module. It doesn't come within the WAF, but it is a WAF feature."
"The price of F5 Silverline Managed Services could be better, they are not very flexible. The price of the solution is based on the requirements of the enterprise."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Computer Software Company
18%
Financial Services Firm
13%
Manufacturing Company
7%
Insurance Company
6%
Financial Services Firm
19%
Computer Software Company
12%
Insurance Company
10%
Government
7%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
 

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.
Is Citrix ADC (formerly Netscaler) the best ADC to use and if not why?
For ADC, any ADC can do a good job. But in case if you want to add WAF functionality to the same ADC hardware you have to look for other ADC's like F5, Imperva, Radware, Fortinet, etc.
 

Also Known As

AWS Web Application Firewall
F5 Silverline Web Application Firewall, F5 Silverline DDoS Protection
 

Overview

 

Sample Customers

eVitamins, 9Splay, Senao International
City Bank, Ricacorp Properties, Miele, American Systems, Bangladesh Post Office
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