Citrix NetScaler AppFirewall vs. Cloudflare

As of June 2019, Citrix NetScaler AppFirewall is ranked 10th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 1 review vs Cloudflare which is ranked 3rd in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 8 reviews. The top reviewer of Citrix NetScaler AppFirewall writes "If the internet connection at one of the branches goes down we can still route them and they carry on working". The top reviewer of Cloudflare writes "The dashboard is very well thought out, giving useful information". Citrix NetScaler AppFirewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiWeb, F5 BIG-IP and Imperva Incapsula. Cloudflare is most compared with Imperva Incapsula, Sucuri and Akamai.
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When our primary link goes down I can still get to my Cisco devices and the NetScaler devices on-prem because of the SDN solution. If the internet connection at one of the branches goes down, we can still route them, they still get internet based on the SDN solution through one of the other sites. They can carry on working.

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The technical support is good.The most valuable feature of Cloudflare is that it has a free version. They give us the free version with the anti-DDoS features and also the load balancing solution.Cloudflare allows us to self-host services such as Rocket.Chat and Node-RED, in high-availability mode, thanks to round robin DNS which allows us to share one hostname between our two locations.When using services like Heroku, Cloudflare is very useful for CNAME flattening. I also use it for their end-to-end SSL with TLS authentication on nginx for securing servers.Centralized, full-featured DNS.The simplicity of the overall dashboard makes it a great product for a user like me who has less understanding of the internet than a developer or other more technical people. It gives me peace of mind. I also love the easy customization of the Page Rules.Easier http to https redirect using page rules

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Security could be improved because then I can get rid of my Cisco firewalls. If they improve the security then I could run my security, my proxy, my firewalling and my SDN solution on one device instead of having to have multiple devices.

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The product support needs to be accessible from more places, a wider area of coverage.If they improve on the placement of their data centers, it would be better. I'm living in a remote area. I would like to connect to them without any kind of lag.Sometimes their more advanced caching tools can cause higher first-byte times and problems with JavaScript.They lack a good way to manage DNS as a company, since everything is relegated to single account logins until you get to the higher levels. They have come out with a paid feature to remedy this, but I have not had a chance to fully review it yet to know if it fixes the access problem.One area of improvement is in the Access Rules. Hypothetically, if we wanted to block or challenge traffic outside of the United States, the only way to currently do that (as far as I know) is to enter every single country outside of the United States. That could be a labor intensive job. A solution could be to enable users to create a rule where traffic is only allowed within a certain country.I think the APIs are a little bit hard for us to work with. The APIs could be more open so that we could integrate better with our SolarWinds or our monitoring solution.The reporting can definitely be improved to offer a lot more explanation on something that may have happened or has actually happened.DNS Management.

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There are no additional costs beyond the standard licensing fees.I think the pricing is competitive. I think as far as licensing is concerned it's pretty straightforward because it's based on domain. It's just that sometimes domains could be tricky with some customers.So far I use free tier and happy with it. You can subscribe to business package if needed.

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Citrix NetScaler AppFirewall is a comprehensive full function ICSA, Common Criteria, FIPS-certified web application firewall that analyzes all bi-directional traffic, including SSL-encrypted communication, to protect against a broad range of security threats. It provides the ability to perform deep-packet inspection of HTTP, HTTPS and XML as well as protection against OWASP top 10. NetScaler AppFirewall threat protection includes and is not limited to SQL injection attacks, cross-site scripting attacks, cookie tampering, form validation and protection, HTTP and XML reply and request format validation, JSON payload inspection, signature and behavior based protections, data loss prevention (DLP) support including the monitoring of traffic for intended and unintended data exposure, DoS protection, authentication, authorization and auditing support and reporting, and policy tools that provide for easier PCI-DSS compliance verification.

Cloudflare is the leading performance and security company helping to build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers more than 9 million Internet applications. More than 10 trillion Internet requests flow through Cloudflare’s network each month, accounting for nearly 10% of all Internet requests globally.

Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with each new site added. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.

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