Compare Akamai Kona vs. F5 BIG-IP

Akamai Kona is ranked 10th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 2 reviews while F5 BIG-IP is ranked 1st in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 31 reviews. Akamai Kona is rated 7.6, while F5 BIG-IP is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Akamai Kona writes "Enables us to move faster with new products because we have this layer of protection set up in our infrastructure". On the other hand, the top reviewer of F5 BIG-IP writes "It could be hard to scale because we will be encrypting and decrypting. The connection through the API Gateway worked in no time, which was fantastic". Akamai Kona is most compared with Shape Security, AWS WAF and Prolexic, whereas F5 BIG-IP is most compared with HAProxy , Citrix NetScaler ADC and NGINX Plus. See our Akamai Kona vs. F5 BIG-IP report.
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It enables us to move faster with new products because we have this layer of protection set up in our infrastructure.It is scalable for DDoS.

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F5 BIG-IP is used with good applications and functions as an application firewall with additional features. We will not use any feature or any service unless there is a business case and there is a need for implementation.We're able to do load balancing and global load balancing. When you marry those two products together, you can do a lot more. We're able to deliver our applications more securely and faster. It has improved our deliverability where we have more service across the shared data centers. We can intelligently reach all of those client connections across all of the servers and do it fairly quickly. It has helped improve our application delivery and performance.It is a fast and available solution.It is the perfect solution when you have high workloads in your IT environment.It integrates with AWS WAF, which makes it easy to deploy without changes to your infrastructure.It improves the overall performance of applications by decreasing the burden on servers associated with managing and maintaining applications and network sessions, as well as by performing application-specific tasks.Initial setup is easy and pretty standard.It is a very good, flexible solution. It helps us to catch up on flaws in our partner solutions on top of its load balancing feature.

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The WAF features definitely have a lot of room for improvement. A lot of the WAF is really basic. For some products or some of our solutions, we need to run a second layer of more advanced WAF. If it had better layer seven protection then we would not need a second WAF.There are some issues with pushing configurations across a network. It still takes about 20 minutes and that means to retract it's another 20 minutes.

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The license terms for "non-commercial" will be a challenge for us.The license terms for "non-commercial" will are challenging for us.There are issues with F5 BIG-IP but they are minor issues not affecting production and services. Sometimes the operations and the facility systems fail. However, there is an alert action from the windows. An ordeal for the manager.I would like to see improvement in the manageability and easier setup.I would like them to have more flexible models.Performance: Using the product, applications are jittery.‚ÄčNeeds to provide a visual interface to follow a customer's activity (from client to BIG-IP to SNAT IP to the chosen server, then back). Today, we are still performing packet captures.We would like to see load balancing between the cloud and the on-premise, a straightforward deployment feature.

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They are expensive.We purchased through the AWS Marketplace because it was a popular way to go, and we were intrigued. The price of this product is not an issue. They have good pricing and licensing.Unless the price difference is large, this is not the primary concern for the product. The performance and product-related issues (secure for VPN, multi-function for network device, etc.) are the keys.I would recommend that the cost be lowered.If you are planning to use security features, better to go for strong hardware and the best bundle license, which is great for web security.The price is high.We have found the pricing and licensing on AWS to be competitive.Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace was good. We chose to go through the AWS Marketplace because everything that we needed was a soft appliance. We needed something to work in Amazon, and this product was available there.

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Also Known As
BIG-IP, BIG-IP LTM, F5 ASM, Viprion, F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition , Crescendo Networks Application Delivery Controller, BIG IP
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Overview
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.The BIG-IP family of products offers the application intelligence that network managers need to ensure applications are fast, secure, and available. All BIG-IP products share a common underlying architecture, F5's Traffic Management Operating System (TMOS), which provides unified intelligence, flexibility, and programmability. Together, BIG-IP's powerful platforms, advanced modules, and centralized management system make up the most comprehensive set of application delivery tools in the industry.
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Sample Customers
AvidMobile, itBitRiken, TransUnion, Tepco Systems Administration, Daejeon University, G&T Bank, Danamon, CyberAgent Inc.
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company23%
Comms Service Provider14%
Financial Services Firm13%
Media Company12%
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Comms Service Provider26%
Financial Services Firm22%
Healthcare Company11%
Manufacturing Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company27%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm10%
Government6%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise62%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise49%
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