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Akamai Kona Site Defender is the #6 ranked solution in our list of top Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection tools. It is most often compared to Akamai Prolexic Routed: Akamai Kona Site Defender vs Akamai Prolexic Routed

What is Akamai Kona Site Defender?
Akamai's Kona Site Defender extends security beyond the data center while maintaining site performance and availability in the face of fast-changing threats. It leverages the power of the Akamai Intelligent Platform to detect, identify and mitigate Denial-of-Service (DoS) and Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks before they ever reach the origin.

Akamai Kona Site Defender is also known as Kona Site Defender, Kona.

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What users are saying about Akamai Kona Site Defender pricing:
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  • "Akamai is very expensive."

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Manager- Information security and Data privacy at a leisure / travel company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Great technical support, scales extremely well, and is very stable

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution as an application firewall.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution can scale extremely well."
  • "The pricing could be reduced a bit."

What other advice do I have?

We are just customers and end-users. We don't have a business relationship with the company. I would recommend the solution. It depends on what the organization wants, however. If you're going for cost optimization or whether you are looking for a through and through security feature, it might vary in its acceptability. It depends on what exactly you want and your company's priority. However, overall, it's a good product. In general, I would rate the solution at an eight out of ten. We've mostly been quite satisfied with it.
Imran Abdul Rahman
Solutions Architect, Cloud & Infrastructure at NCS Group
Real User
Top 20
CDN and WAF features are an essential element with APIs a key element of the infrastructure

What is our primary use case?

We have multiple use cases but the solution is primarily for content delivery network. The product has multiple features so we area also using it as a wall. It's really a combination between a CDN and a WAF. We also use Adidol switches. We are partners with Akamai and I'm a cloud solution architect.

Pros and Cons

  • "The CDN and the WAF features are the best."
  • "Could integrate more features for each security."

What other advice do I have?

Programmability in the cloud is very important. So whatever we can program by APIs and define by API is very important in the infrastructure. I would rate this solution an eight out of 10.
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Head of Cloud Security & DevSecOps at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees
Real User
A fully managed DDoS solution with good technical support

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution primarily to prevent DDoS attacks.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the DDoS protection, which is the main reason we got it."
  • "The interface is a little bit clunky and can be improved."

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is evaluating this solution is to first evaluate your needs, and then check to see how much you need to put into this solution. The biggest lesson that I have learned from using Site Defender is that you should do an analysis first, to see how it will fit into your ecosystem. You decide whether to buy it based on that, rather than because it is a good product. You have to make sure that it is compatible with your environment. Overall, I am happy with Site Defender because what it's doing, it's doing well. I can't think of a single feature that might be missing. I…
Rusdi Budiman
Head of IT Infrastructure at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
A stable security solution with usage-based charges

What is our primary use case?

We use Akamai Kona Site Defender because we need CDN. We have mobile apps, and we host them internally. Sometimes, we also deploy an IPA file for iPad. I think all the users from our distributor are going to download directly from our server. We use Akamai to distribute all the IPA files to our network provider without any significant latency for our distributor.

Pros and Cons

  • "I like that the charges are all based on usage and labor costs. For the time that we spend onboarding almost 252020 FQDN, Akamai charges us only for the traffic usage, but it's only charging us for the labor costs for onboarding."
  • "It would be better if there weren't any issues with latency. We had latency issues, but I think they are all solved now."

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to potential users. I think if the FIC has a CDN, it's easier in terms of onboarding. In terms of the commercial part and charging, I think Akamai is more efficient. I think it's important to have a CDN feature inside. On a scale from one to ten, I would give Akamai Kona Site Defender a nine.
YA
Co-Founder and CEO at PT Eugenea Kreasi Utama
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Powerful and feature-rich, but the technical support is slow to respond

What is our primary use case?

We use Akamai Kona for our cloud services.

What is most valuable?

The features are powerful and better than F5. I would rate the features a nine out of ten.

What needs improvement?

Support and the pricing need to improve. I would rate this area a six out of ten.

For how long have I used the solution?

I started using Akamai Kona in 2017. We stopped in 2020 to switch to F5.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is very slow to respond.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, we were not using any other solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Akamai is very expensive. It is more expensive than F5.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Akami…
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