As a hosting provider, every day can seem like a gamble: over 450,000 new pieces of malware are detected every day in an incredible competition to make newer and more dangerous malware. Luckily, there is fierce competition on the prevention side too, to build smarter, lighter and better security solutions. We believe the contest to build the no.1 prevention tool is immensely useful for the industry, but let us show you where this race is headed to.
Both BitNinja and Imunify360 are well-known security suites for your Linux server. Both are complex solutions that enhance your security with the synergy of different modules.
In this article, we break down some of the benefits and features to help you pick the security solution best suited to your needs. To get a more comprehensive picture download the full comparison!
Imunify360 is a comprehensive security suite for Linux-based web servers. The company also offers other solutions, such as Imunify AV, which centers on the anti-virus component. Therefore, we will concentrate on Imunify360 in this comparison.
Imunify360 provides antivirus, firewall, WAF, phishing notifications, and port scanning protection.
BitNinja is a fully featured, multi-layered Linux server protection platform.
Much like Imunify, you get a WAF, IP reputation anti-malware, port scanning protection and phishing notification systems.
However, the two solutions approach these in vastly different ways, which we will delve into later, among other differences such as additional features like technical support and ease of use.
Depending on your use case, this category can go either way. So, we will call this one a draw.
However, we must say BitNinja’s dashboard is ideal for both large server clusters or just a single machine, for multiple server owners it can reduce workload and blind spots, and as a single server owner, you are not “vendor-locking” yourself with any control panels. If you choose Imunify360 as an owner of multiple machines, you will run into extra work while installing, configuring, and managing your cluster, which could rob you of some precious time.
Despite offering similar levels of protection, BitNinja provides a more flexible approach while imposing less load on your machine.
Due to the massive difference in IP reputation size BitNinja undoubtedly achieves better results. Also BitNinja’s efficient use of existing attack data allows server owners to maintain high levels of security with limited server load.
Even though Imunify is no slouch when blocking IPs, BitNinja has an objectively better automated blocking rate, resulting in less “noise” traffic.
The two solutions offer very similar features and performance. However, the customizability of BitNinja, means it comes out slightly ahead.
So, when comparing BitNinja and Imunify360, which offers the better experience? It’s a hard call and will most likely come down to the extra benefits each offers.
In terms of security, both products offer similar levels out of the box, so we must look deeper to see their advantages and disadvantages respectively.
Imunify is great if you work with one server, use one of the control panels it supports, and you aren’t using a smaller machine with limited resources such as a smaller VPS. Their larger footprint could lead to some severe system slowdowns. However, their database cleaner is a great benefit that BitNinja currently only offers in an early Beta stage. The Immunify360 UI is also specifically tailored to be more “human-readable,” which can be an advantage or disadvantage depending on your preferences.
One of BitNinja’s most significant advantages is its unified dashboard, which can house any number of servers and does not rely on any control panel. Therefore, you don’t have a deeply integrated interface with the same control panels, and you must use BitNinja’s own. The smaller footprint and reduced load are also a huge benefit, especially on crowded machines, because we all know that response times are king when it comes to user satisfaction. Customizability is also another huge factor for many. Unlike Imunify, BitNinja gives you the freedom to configure each and every module to your liking. In terms of additional “features,” BitNinja has a faster customer support team with much lower response times.