Compare Snapt and Avi

Snapt gives you a complete package for modern apps with more scale, more intelligence, and more freedom

Higher Scale
Lower Resource per node
Vendor Neutral

Snapt is the best app services platform
for hyperscale and multi-cloud

Snapt provides centralized application load balancing and security, just like Avi.
Unlike Avi, Snapt's dynamic app services are lightweight, highly scalable, and vendor-neutral.

Snapt Avi
Integrated Solution (Load Balancing, Web App Firewall, API Gateway, and GSLB)
Centralized Control and Observability
Full API for Automation
High Scale with Low Resource
Cloud-Neutral and Platform-Agnostic
Advanced Real-Time Threat Intelligence
True SaaS and Self-Hosted options
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*last updated 16 March 2022

“Snapt is a very light installation – even the virtual machine doesn't require a lot of resources.”

IT Manager, Rowan Diagnostic

What makes Snapt different from Avi?

Avi Networks provides centralized control, observability, and automation for dynamic application services. It's been a good option for teams providing security and resilience for distributed cloud-native applications.

But like all things, Avi isn't for everyone. If you need high-efficiency scale, or a self-hosted control plane, or true vendor-neutrality, then Snapt is the better fit for you.

Snapt is simple and efficient at scale

Running Avi at scale is complex and expensive. Avi requires multiple controllers working together, while Snapt Nova has one integrated controller capable of deploying millions of nodes.

Avi recommends a static, pre-configured 24vCPU resource per node making scale-out expensive and scale-in inefficient.

Snapt Nova uses lightweight worker nodes capable of running on 2-core CPUs and even ARM without sacrificing performance of 10,000 SSL TPS per node. These nodes are totally dynamic and ephemeral so scale-in is 100% efficient.

This efficiency allows Snapt to reach 10-100X the scale of our competitors.


Snapt is cloud-neutral and platform-agnostic

Avi is becoming deeply integrated with the VMware ecosystem. This is great for organizations that only use VMware. But for mixed environments or teams wanting to adopt best-of-breed solutions, this kind of vendor lock-in is an obstacle.

Snapt is 100% vendor-neutral. Snapt works with any cloud, any container platform, any VM and hypervisor, and even on bare metal. Snapt's open REST API enables orchestration and automation with any platform and outputs telemetry to any data management and visualization tool.

Best of all, Snapt works the same no matter where or how you deploy. You get all the same features, the same performance, and the same great results. And if you need to shift to a new environment, you take all your config, data, and machine learning intelligence with you.


Snapt has advanced threat intel built-in

Avi's web application firewall (WAF) uses modsecurity's core ruleset and does not include additional intelligence by default. WebRoot threat intelligence is billed separately and provides updates every five minutes. 

Snapt Nova's WAF includes machine learning for traffic profiling, anomaly detection, and bot protection. Snapt Nova's AI enables autonomous response to security anomalies.

Threat intelligence is built into Snapt Nova, pulling threat data from third-party sources and Snapt's own network of worldwide threat sensors. Updates arrive in seconds, not minutes, providing near real-time threat intelligence.


Snapt works as a SaaS or self-hosted

Avi's centralized control plane provides application services in SaaS and self-hosted deployment models. However, Avi's SaaS solution requires customers to pay for and manage the Avi Controller in VMware's cloud – adding cost, management overhead, and vendor lock-in.

Snapt Nova provides all the benefits of a centralized control plane – dynamic app services, autoscaling, multi-cloud, and observability – with the freedom to deploy self-hosted in your own infrastructure or deploy as a true SaaS from Snapt's cloud.

Snapt Nova's SaaS deployment provides rolling updates and new features, with no extra infrastructure cost or management overhead.


The team mentioned that Nova was a container-based deployable product, and that they could deploy it by running a Docker container.

Now we have robust WAF, logging, load balancing, and automated SSL-management capabilities working in harmony with an incredibly easy-to-use container deployment model, for an extremely reasonable price.

Ian Chizmar, Co-Founder and Chief Architect at I-Track Software

Snapt Reduces Security Risks for I-Track and Saves on Maintenance Time

I-Track Software had challenges automating the updating of SSL certificates every year – a process that is "normally an intensive thing to do when you have multiple servers to administer”.

I-Track needed a solution that would not only allow them to put their concerns around security to bed, but also one that could easily integrate with their existing cloud and container architecture in order to maintain the quality and efficiency of their service offering.

Security and Efficiency
Cloud Compatibility
Snapt Nova
Maintenance Time Saved
8 Hours

Switching To Snapt Provides Value For Your Business

Snapt Nova is the first and only true multi-cloud Load Balancing as-a-Service and WAF/WAAP platform in the world.

Scale 10-100x greater than competitors.

Near-zero latency communication between the Nova Controller and lightweight worker nodes means virtually no limit on scale-out.

Reduce cloud costs by 30%.

Lightweight autoscaling worker nodes consume less compute resources than the competition and scale-in efficiently when demand drops.

Improve application performance by 5X.

Content caching, minification, compression, and SSL-offload reduces load times, bandwidth, and server load.

Protect against zero-day attacks.

Snapt Nova threat intelligence tracks threat actors, keeps the Nova WAF up-to-date, and helps block zero-day attacks.

Ready to switch?

Switching to Snapt is easy


Book a demo with our technical team, get a free enterprise trial license, and learn how Snapt can work for you.


Deploy a Proof of Concept customized for your needs and KPIs and see the difference Snapt makes.


When you’re ready, connect Snapt with all your backends from one central controller and start scaling.

Ready to dive in? Revolutionize your network today.

We will schedule an introductory call with you to discuss your requirements and demonstrate Snapt's products. We also provide an enterprise-level trial license for your POC.