Review: Akamai vs CloudFlare vs F5 Networks vs Imperva vs Distil Networks

June 15, 2015 Elias Terman

Ernie Regalado, the founder of Bizety.com and a former Gigaom Research analyst, conducted a review of Akamai, CloudFlare, F5 Networks, Imperva, and Distil Networks. In it, he reviews each vendor’s areas of specialization and limitations, as well as how each product can help secure web infrastructure and online data.

There are dozens of IT security vendors committed to addressing the risks inherent in online operations. Industry leaders like Akamai, CloudFlare, F5 Networks, Imperva, and Distil Networks are good examples of how an IT security vendor’s corporate heritage defines its core competency and capabilities. According to Ernie’s review, each vendor excels in specific areas of online defense, or has tried to address a segment of the market (for example, SMBs).

Reviewing Akamai, CloudFlare, F5 Networks, Imperva, and Distil Networks

A company that chooses Akamai as their Content Delivery Network provider is going to get premium global delivery services, and a basic level of overall security. With Akamai’s massive server base and Prolexic technology, they are the industry leader for volumetric attack prevention. Alternatively, cost-conscious SMBs might select CloudFlare and obtain a substantial measure of security and data optimization benefits, for a fraction of the cost.

While CDNs offer associated security services, for secure coding measures, organizations should seriously consider layering additional WAF protection. Imperva has pioneered easily integrated WAF services, capable of blocking many common attack vectors. Companies with major IT infrastructure often choose to rely on F5 Networks to provide onsite protection through their popular ASM products. These security appliances offer extreme customization and transparency, enabling strategic control over enterprise security.

Finally, the rising sophistication of malicious bots has necessitated the reevaluation of bot related security measures. DDoS mitigation systems are ill-prepared to deal with threats beyond volumetric attacks, such as web scraping, data theft, and adaptive malware. Distil Networks provides essential bot defenses that are crucial to long-term online security. As bot attacks become increasingly severe and damaging, it is imperative that companies not neglect this layer of security.

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