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Azure Firewall Basic (Preview)

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Azure Firewall Basic (Preview)

Azure Firewall is a cloud-based network security service that protects your Azure Virtual Network resources. It is a stateful firewall as a service that monitors and filters incoming and outgoing traffic based on application and port. Azure Firewall uses static public IP addresses for your virtual network resources, so you don’t have to worry about NAT or PAT.

The Basic SKU includes all the features of Azure Firewall, except for high availability and geo-redundancy.

Details Below:

Standard & Premium

Azure Firewall is a cloud-based network security service that protects your resources from attacks. It is available in two editions: Standard and Premium. Azure Firewall Standard provides essential protection against common threats, while Azure Firewall Premium provides advanced protection against sophisticated threats.

Both editions of Azure Firewall offer protection against denial of service (DoS) attacks, SQL injection attacks, and cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks. Azure Firewall Standard also offers protection against SYN floods and ICMP floods, while Azure Firewall Premium offers protection against SYN cookies, IPsec tunnels, and SSL/TLS encryption.

Cost Factor:

According to a recent study, the price of Azure Firewall is significantly higher than other similar products on the market. This has led many businesses to reconsider their use of Azure Firewall, as the cost can be prohibitive for some.

Its high price tag is often a deterrent for small and medium-sized businesses. The average cost of Azure Firewall is $1,500 per month, which can add up quickly for companies that need to protect multiple data centre locations.

For 730 hours (a month), the Basic comes out to be $450 (vs $1500 for Standard)

Choosing the correct Azure Firewall SKU to meet your needs

Azure Firewall now supports three different SKUs to cater to a wide range of customer use cases and preferences.

  • Azure Firewall Premium is recommended to secure highly sensitive applications (such as payment processing). It supports advanced threat protection capabilities like malware and TLS inspection.
  • Azure Firewall Standard is recommended for customers looking for Layer 3–Layer 7 firewall and needs auto-scaling to handle peak traffic periods of up to 30 Gbps. It supports enterprise features like threat intelligence, DNS proxy, custom DNS, and web categories.
  • Azure Firewall Basic is recommended for SMB customers with throughput needs of less than 250 Mbps.

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