The Stingray Traffic Manager is a little different than some of the other website security and performance services that we looked at. It is more focused on performance and not as much on security. There are a few options for online website security but this is where the product is lacking. We were impressed with the tools available to increase your website's performance. The reason why the Stingray Traffic Manager wins the Bronze Award is because of the unique application delivery controller (ADC). We found this to keep the website moving quickly. There are a few limitations with this particular service. It focuses more on the performance and doesn't offer as much when it comes to website security but there are a few options.
Stingray Traffic Manager is available in a variety of formats. It can be installed as a software or a hypervisor, which is a virtual machine manager, or as a virtual appliance. We looked at the version that is supported in the cloud infrastructure because it compares to the other website security and performance services we reviewed. When you use this product on the cloud you utilize another company, such as Amazon. This changes the pricing style and can be pretty pricy if you want to run it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Sometimes having a website security and performance service can feel overwhelming because of all the tools you have to keep track of. With Stingray Traffic Manager you can stay on top of everything in one neat location. From this manager you can prioritize routes and drain resources. Having the ability to drain resources lets you perform maintenance without wreaking havoc on the rest of your site. There are also options for making changes to your website while still giving your customers the best experience on your site.
Because Stingray Traffic Manager focuses more on the performance we found that there were some limitations when it comes to the website security options. This isn't to say that the security option is flawed, just not as extensive. What Stingray Traffic Manager offers is more of a firewall. They utilize a gateway that relies on what you specify. Once you have all of your filters set then the website security service will put these scrubbing policies as it routes the traffic to your site.
We would have liked to see more options when it comes protection against SQL injection and cross-site scripting. If you really want to have more security protection, Riverbed, the owner of Stingray Traffic Manager, offers separate programs that can be used in conjunction with this service. It does cost extra and it is an additional service to keep track off.
As the name connotes, Stingray Traffic Manager focuses on website performance. We really liked the fact that they are experts at caching and offloading tasks. If you have added SSL encryption to your site you may have noticed that your site runs slower than it did before you added this layer of security. But with Stingray Traffic Manager it increases the memory capacity, which helps keep your website, SSL or not, moving smoothly and at a quick rate.
One of the other performance factors to consider is the reliability of your website. It doesn't matter how fast your website can load if it isn't consistent. Stingray Traffic Manager helps route your website traffic around degraded servers. It also helps monitor the traffic spikes that come so the servers aren't overloaded and shut down your entire site. We thought this website performance service could have benefited from having a global content distribution network, but the other advantages do a lot in making up for this lack.
This particular website security and performance service might require a little more support than other services because it isn't intended to run 24/7. We were pleased that there are plenty of options available for getting the help you need to get this service running smoothly. We also really liked the active community section of the website where you can participate in forum discussions with other users, see company news and announcements, and find tips about improving your site's performance and security.
One of the other things we really liked about this service was the fact that there is a lot of help documentation so if you want to know all of the ins and outs of the Stingray Traffic Manager you can find it. If you want more help from the company, you can always call Riverbed for personalized help. They have contact forms as well if you don't need immediate help. Overall, we found this website security and performance service's help and support to be the most comprehensive.
While the Stingray Traffic Manager doesn't have many tools for website security, the options it does come with do their job well. It will keep out most intruders, but it is missing some notable security measures like protection from cross-site scripting and SQL injection. There are more options when it comes to the performance side of this service. The content caching was a big advantage in increasing the speed. Overall, this website security and performance service had more to offer on the performance but should still keep your site safe from most threats.