Incapsula vs CloudFlare 2014

Incapsula and CloudFlare, the leading security-based CDNs are growing rapidly, adding POP’s, fighting large DDoS attacks, expanding their feature sets, and acquiring many new customers along the way. Each one caters to a particular demographic in the CDN ecosystem. CloudFlare is more like Amazon CloudFront, however, much better in that they are a pure-play CDN, where they live and breathe CDN. Incapsula is like a mini-Akamai, making great decisions all the way around, and getting ready to become a major player in the next 12 months.

Compared to CloudFlare, Incapsula goes much deeper into the security feature set, as outlined below. However, their business models are different. Incapsula competes more with the traditional CDNs, like Akamai and Limelight. CloudFlare competes more with Amazon CloudFront, and now Godaddy, being that they just got into the CDN business, supposedly. Below are snapshot comparisons of Incapsula and CloudFlare.

Incapsula vs CloudFlare 2014

Pricing Comparison



Personal / Pro



Business / Business



Business +






Feature Set Comparison

Level -1 PCI Compliant web application firewall, extensive bot protection, backdoor protect, login protect, DNS load balancing, DDoS protection at Layer 3, 4 and 7, front-end optimization and dynamic site acceleration

Web application firewall, service, browser integrity check, IP Reputation, DDoS Protection at Layer 3, 4 and 7, basic front-end optimization and malware scanning service


Points of Presence
  • CloudFlare: 24 Data centers with plans to add significantly more
  • Incapsula: 16 Data centers with plans to add a few more
Biggest DDoS Attack Endured
  • Incapsula: Extremely sophisticated multi-layered DDoS attack clocked at 100Gbps
  • CloudFlare: Basic network DDoS attacked clocked at 400Gbps

4 thoughts on “Incapsula vs CloudFlare 2014”

  1. I have a website with Cloudflare, and yesterday it got a severe bot attack which used up all my CPU and crashed my server. Cloudflare could not even realise wtf was going on, and was completely unaware… planning on switching over to Incapsula.

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