Summary - Cloudflare vs Akamai
A choice between these two leaders can be difficult because they are both great companies with cutting-edge technology and a lot of similar offerings.
Cloudflare was founded in 2009 and originally focused on providing security for internet properties through DDoS mitigation - which drove them to build massive network capacity on a global scale. Since then, their portfolio has quickly grown to expand security offerings and include network services (like application optimization and content delivery) that leverage the performance and reach of their global networks.
Akamai was founded in 1998 and originally focused on content delivery. Although content delivery serves a different purpose than DDoS mitigation, the result was the same - they built a really big and high-performing global network footprint. Their portfolio has grown to expand their application and content delivery offerings, as well as to include a wide selection of enterprise security offerings.
So, Cloudflare and Akamai both have fast networks on a huge scale with global reach. They both offer relatively complete portfolios of zero-trust enterprise security solutions, as well as application optimization and content delivery solutions. In many cases, offerings are so similar that decisions may have to come down to specific features in an individual product or service. Still, expect Cloudflare to continue bringing state-of-the-art security solutions like browser isolation to market on the earlier side, while you can expect Akamai’s solutions to incorporate a heavy focus on getting applications and content delivery traffic to customer endpoints as fast and efficiently as possible.
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