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"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.""The technical support is good.""It is easier to configure and develop documentation to see how we have configured firewalls.""The most valuable feature is the web application firewall.""The solution is very good at mitigating threats.""New and innovative way to protect the client's data."

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"Scalability is pretty easy on the base platform. You just add another, and you're ready to go.""This product is a reliable defense from malicious attacks on a network environment.""They're quite easy to install and quite easy to set up. Clients really like that. Especially when you're dealing with the cloud, it's really easy.""I like the user-friendly interface.""The solution has a very good interface.""It is an effective threat mitigation tool.""The technical support is excellent.""The most valuable features for us are the DDoS and Bot."

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"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.""The product support needs to be accessible from more places, a wider area of coverage.""It should have easier documentation for the configuration. It's very technical and people who aren't technical should also be able to do the configuration.""There should be a specific price list for enterprise-level customers.""The solution could use more analytics on the backend to give us more insights into everything. More reports would be helpful.""Technical support is lacking."

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"The solution needs to improve Integration with third parties for their on-prem deployment models. The integration is not that good yet.""Analytics in the area of risk need to be improved to supply more information to the users for creating better environments.""We would like them to hire people in Sweden because it's quite hard when people are sitting in the UK or Belgium because some of the customers really want them to be local.""The rules surrounding the making of web applications could be improved.""Imperva should have more points of presence in Africa.""I would like to have support for SSL management and secure DNS.""The log analytics interface within Incapsula isn't really good. For example, if you have to get all logs from there, it's a very cumbersome process.""It's quite expensive."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"There are no additional costs beyond the standard licensing fees.""The cost primarily depends on the size of the organization."

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"The data packages are higher than our needs so we end up paying for data that we don't use.""The cost is on par with other solutions such as Cloudflare and Akamai.""It is not expensive compared to the other similar solutions in this category.""It is a very expensive solution. The price is very high. A lot of customers tell us that they would love to use Imperva more. I have some customers who have 50 websites, but they have only 10 websites on Imperva because of the price. They would love to have all their websites running through Imperva, but they can't. They have to choose the more critical websites to protect because the price is very high. It is a very good product, but it is too expensive. If you buy a plan for 20 megabytes and you don't consume all of your 20 megabytes, it is okay, but if you consume more, you are charged for the superior traffic."

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Answers from the Community
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author avatarSudesh Kumar Bhadouria (DELOITTE CONSULTING Germany)

Hello, As Carlos and Barry mentioned all of them are good. One has to choose CDN based on their priorities like if their main priority is saving website from DDoS or Performance or Quick Site failover mechanism and of course keeping it under cost. If you go with Cloudflare they have more PoP then Incapsula. When it comes to origin shield, you need to buy it separately in CloudFlare but in Incapsula its included. There are lot of factors on which you can differentiate between them but i would personally suggest instead of comparing two products, firstly write down your needs and prioritize them. It will help you to choose right product under your project budget.


author avatarBarry Greene (Akamai Technologies)

Neither is better or worse. Full disclosure, I’m build new security tools @ Akamai. Some would say Akamai is better than both. But... in truth it all depends on:

1. What service you are defending.
2. What is your tolerance of “DOS downtime” to your business.

Each company is going to be different for different reasons. There is no “this one is better than that one.” It is ALL SITUATIONAL ON THE ORGANIZATION”S REQUIREMENTS!.

For example, if I have an API I need to protect from DOS attack because there are IoT applications which depend on it, I would look for a API scaling solution (like Akamai) or a IoT scaling solutions (Akamai’s IoT Edge Connect).

Contrast that with me and my personal website. It is simple and straight forward Wordpress. Easy for Cloudflare (which I use).

It does not mean one is better than the other. It just means one fits the requirements/cost.

author avatarit_user814458 (Manager Business Development at Seguridad América)
Real User

Hello, happy to be able to help, although cloudfare has the largest CDN network and currently distributed, what we should look at when choosing a DDoS solution is in the technology of scrubbing center, this technology is what allows filtering and stop attacks of this type more easily, although the incapsula CDN network has 40 PoP in the world all of them are scrubing centers, versus the rest that if I remember correctly only have some with this technology, I hope I have helped you I insist that both solutions are good.



Imperva Incapsula. Has the biggest POP capacity.

author avatarit_user710730 (Cloud Services Architect EMEA at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees)

One important point to keep in mind is how to achieve comprehensive protection of *all* your assets, not only the ones hosted on the CDN. What about corporate internet access? your own origin servers? services other than web?
Visibility is also very important. what is happening during a ddos attack? what attack vectors are being used? why traffic is dropped or passed? what ability you have to surgically apply filters and countermeasures?
Does the service provide 24/7 access to expert SOC operators?

author avatarDmitry Rostovtsev (ImmuniWeb)

Choose Imperva. We used this WAF in conjunction with ImmuniWeb (they have partnership) No complaints. Zero false positives and no cost for integration. Plus.

author avatarChristopher Nickerson


Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Cloudflare. We are moving from Akamai prolexic to Cloudflare. Cloudflare anycast network outperforms Akamai static GRE tunnels. We have decreased site load times on Mobile 3G from 8 to 1,6 seconds by… more »
Top Answer: Imperva Incapsula. Has the biggest POP capacity.
Top Answer: It is easier to configure and develop documentation to see how we have configured firewalls.
Top Answer: The most valuable features for us are the DDoS and Bot.
Top Answer: The cost is on par with other solutions such as Cloudflare and Akamai. There's not much difference in it.
Top Answer: I would like to have support for SSL management and secure DNS.
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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.

Imperva Incapsula is a cloud-based application delivery service that protects websites and safeguards web applications and their data from attacks, and improves their performance by enhancing user experience. Incapsula includes a security platform with a web application firewall, DDoS mitigation, content delivery network, and global load balancer to maximize performance.

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Sample Customers
Trusted by over 9,000,000 Internet Applications and APIs, including Nasdaq, Zendesk, Crunchbase, Steve Madden, OkCupid, Cisco, Quizlet, Discord and more.Hitachi, BNZ, Bitstamp, Moz, InnoGames, BTCChina, Wix, LivePerson, Zillow and more.
Top Industries
Marketing Services Firm15%
Engineering Company15%
Financial Services Firm15%
Energy/Utilities Company15%
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider23%
Media Company8%
Financial Services Firm17%
Non Tech Company13%
Marketing Services Firm10%
Insurance Company7%
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider21%
Media Company9%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Small Business66%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise16%
Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise54%
Small Business44%
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Large Enterprise42%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cloudflare vs. Imperva Incapsula and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
455,164 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cloudflare is ranked 1st in CDN with 7 reviews while Imperva Incapsula is ranked 2nd in CDN with 11 reviews. Cloudflare is rated 8.2, while Imperva Incapsula is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cloudflare writes "Robust, secure and innovative; technical support needs to be improved". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Imperva Incapsula writes "There is not too much to know but that it is one of the best products of this type that you can get". Cloudflare is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Akamai, Arbor DDoS, F5 BIG-IP and AWS WAF, whereas Imperva Incapsula is most compared with Akamai, AWS WAF, Imperva Web Application Firewall, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and Arbor DDoS. See our Cloudflare vs. Imperva Incapsula report.

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