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Cloud Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Easy to deploy and configure, but you need to have a defined IP range to associate it with your network
Pros and Cons
  • "I can easily configure it."
  • "You have to have a defined IP range within your network to associate it with your network. The problem is you have to plan ahead of time if you expect to use the firewall in the future so that you don't have to reconfigure your subnets or that specific IP range. Other than that, I don't any issues. I use it for basic configuration for a single application, so I really don't try to leverage it for multiple applications where I might find some complexity or challenges."

What is our primary use case?

It is associated with our web resources, such as PaaS applications. I don't use it that much. I spend way more time working with function apps or something else on the Azure platform.

I am using its latest version.

What is most valuable?

I can easily configure it.

What needs improvement?

You have to have a defined IP range within your network to associate it with your network. The problem is you have to plan ahead of time if you expect to use the firewall in the future so that you don't have to reconfigure your subnets or that specific IP range. Other than that, I don't any issues. I use it for basic configuration for a single application, so I really don't try to leverage it for multiple applications where I might find some complexity or challenges.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I don't get into any kind of real scale configuration. There might be bugs that I don't know because I just use the general configuration.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I can't say about scalability, but we have 20,000 employees.

How are customer service and support?

I have not used their technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Most of the time, I've used Azure Firewall for cloud services. We also have AWS, and then, of course, we have hardware firewalls on-premise, but I haven't worked with anything.

How was the initial setup?

It is pretty straightforward for what I'm using it for.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Azure Firewall a seven out of 10.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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Velizar-Todorov
IT Senior Architect, Infrastructure and Cloud Solutions at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Stable and scalable with outstanding technical support
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution is very stable. When comparing it to other environments, it's actually quite impressive."
  • "We find it's different implementing it region-to-region. It might help if it was universal across all regions."

What is our primary use case?

On-premise to cloud <-> Cloud to on-premise

How has it helped my organization?

Managed service.

What is most valuable?

Scalability, multi-zone and FQDN TAgs.

What needs improvement?

In a future release, it could be empowered by combining with Azure Private DNS and Front Door.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using the solution for 1 year

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable. When comparing it to other environments, it's actually quite impressive.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

We deal with technical support on a regular basis. I'd rate the service we've received ten out of most of the support tickets. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We use several solutions.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Unfortunately, I don't handle the finances or payments for the solution, so I can't compare to others.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

FortiGate - also nice solution...

What other advice do I have?

We've used both the on-premises as well as the cloud deployment models. We also occasionally use a hybrid model. During migrations, we use hybrids. Once the migration is done, we move onto the full cloud and pass if over to private cloud or have public access as necessary.

The Azure firewall is prioritized as it is managed solution and does not require any infrastructure base (backbone) hardware support.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
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Mohammed Alahdal
Cyber Security architect at Pacific Inter-Link Sdn Bhd
Real User
Top 20
All its features are good, but it needs more features to make it more competitive
Pros and Cons
  • "All its features are good. That's why we recommend it."
  • "It has fewer features than you can get from other firewalls, like anti-spam and anti-phishing. Those kinds of things are not included. It only includes IDS and IDB."

What is our primary use case?

We mostly use it as part of a hybrid cloud solution. For example, for a client with on-premises and cloud solutions, our recommendation is that Azure Firewall be used.

What is most valuable?

All its features are good. That's why we recommend it.

What needs improvement?

In terms of features, it is great, but it has fewer features than you can get from other firewalls, like anti-spam and anti-phishing. Those kinds of things are not included. It only includes IDS and IDB.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for projects over the last 12 months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price is okay. Microsoft even gives a discount nowadays.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It needs more features so that it is comparable to Fortigate and other companies.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise people who are interested in Azure Firewall to find the people who can implement it, because not everyone is able to do everything in the proper way. Some people will go ahead and do the configuration but it's not the right configuration. The client will start to have issues and will start to complain about the product. But the problem is not the product, it's the implementation itself. The person who did it wasn't knowledgeable enough.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Implementer
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Shashi Pendyala
Cloud Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
MSP
Top 20
A scalable firewall solution with a useful management feature

What is most valuable?

I like its order management feature. It doesn't have the kind of threat intelligence that Palo Alto has, but the order management makes it much simpler to know the difference.

What needs improvement?

The threat intelligence part could be better. I don't see why our customers have to get an additional solution with Azure Firewall. It would be great if they made it on par with Palo Alto.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Azure Firewall for around six months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It seems stable, and I haven't had any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We don't have to bother about scalability at all as Microsoft fixes it. It's much simpler and the reason why I like it. …

What is most valuable?

I like its order management feature. It doesn't have the kind of threat intelligence that Palo Alto has, but the order management makes it much simpler to know the difference.

What needs improvement?

The threat intelligence part could be better. I don't see why our customers have to get an additional solution with Azure Firewall. It would be great if they made it on par with Palo Alto.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Azure Firewall for around six months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It seems stable, and I haven't had any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We don't have to bother about scalability at all as Microsoft fixes it. It's much simpler and the reason why I like it.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is simple. 

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend it.

On a scale from one to ten, I would give Azure Firewall an eight.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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Emmanuel Auffray
Enterprise Solution Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
Enables us to secure the entry point to the virtual data center with the firewall but it is costly

What is our primary use case?

I design the architecture and it's an extension of the on-premise that we house on the cloud. We secure the entry point to the virtual data center with the firewall.

What needs improvement?

There are a number of things that need to be simplified, but it's mostly costs. It needs to be simplified because it's pretty expensive.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Azure Firewall for two years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

To date, I haven't had any issue and I didn't have a requirement to scale, at this stage.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. We define the setup on templates, we haven't had any specific issues.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it a six out…

What is our primary use case?

I design the architecture and it's an extension of the on-premise that we house on the cloud. We secure the entry point to the virtual data center with the firewall.

What needs improvement?

There are a number of things that need to be simplified, but it's mostly costs. It needs to be simplified because it's pretty expensive.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Azure Firewall for two years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

To date, I haven't had any issue and I didn't have a requirement to scale, at this stage.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. We define the setup on templates, we haven't had any specific issues.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it a six out of ten. It's good enough but it's not as good as other virtual appliances. It's good enough. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
Consultant at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
Top 20
Significant advantages include performance and stability

What is our primary use case?

I'm a consultant and our primary use case is for traditional corporate networks. We have about 100 people using the solution. 

What is most valuable?

Performance and stability are the key features of this product, but the reasonable cost is also an important positive factor. 

What needs improvement?

I think that their customer support could be improved with a faster response time.  I think the product could be made more customizable, I'd like to see that in the next release.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using this solution for many years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable solution. 

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support could be improved, we use…

What is our primary use case?

I'm a consultant and our primary use case is for traditional corporate networks. We have about 100 people using the solution. 

What is most valuable?

Performance and stability are the key features of this product, but the reasonable cost is also an important positive factor. 

What needs improvement?

I think that their customer support could be improved with a faster response time. 

I think the product could be made more customizable, I'd like to see that in the next release.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using this solution for many years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable solution. 

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support could be improved, we use the online support. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was quite difficult. 

What other advice do I have?

I would highly recommend this product. 

I would rate this product an eight out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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