AWS WAF vs Microsoft Azure Application Gateway comparison

 

Comparison Buyer's Guide

Executive SummaryUpdated on Apr 3, 2022
 

Categories and Ranking

AWS WAF
Ranking in Web Application Firewall (WAF)
1st
Average Rating
8.0
Number of Reviews
52
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
Microsoft Azure Application...
Ranking in Web Application Firewall (WAF)
3rd
Average Rating
7.2
Number of Reviews
43
Ranking in other categories
Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) (4th)
 

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Web Application Firewall (WAF) category, the mindshare of AWS WAF is 18.1%, up from 16.0% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is 8.8%, down from 14.0% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Web Application Firewall (WAF)
Unique Categories:
No other categories found
Application Delivery Controllers (ADC)
7.4%
 

Featured Reviews

Prasanth MG - PeerSpot reviewer
Jun 30, 2023
Allows us to set up security rules and has a good scalability
We use the solution as a firewall to protect the network from malicious requests The solution helps our organization to comply with our security standards. The solution allows us to set up rules for blocking malicious requests. We can configure a pool of such sources and choose what to do…
Sooryanarayan Hegde - PeerSpot reviewer
Feb 20, 2024
Easy management and configuration, affordable, and has good features
We use all the features. It is very useful. Using WAF, we can control the WAF rules based on our application requirements. We can control what rules should be used and what should be disabled. The role of the tool is limited to HTTP traffic. It does exactly what it must do. It's a regional service. We know how to use it for DR scenarios. WAF has been the most valuable in protecting applications. We use at least three instances in the back end to give the best performance for our applications. The management and configuration of the solution is quite easy. All certificate renewals are automatically taken care of by Key Vault.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"Their technical support has been quite good."
"The most valuable feature is that it is very easy to configure. It just takes a couple of minutes."
"The most valuable aspect is that it protects our code. It's a bit difficult to overwrite code in our application. It also protects against threats."
"The solution is stable."
"I believe the most impressive features are integration and ease of use. The best part of AWS WAF is the cloud-native WAF integration. There aren't any hidden deployments or hidden infrastructure which we have to maintain to have AWS WAF. AWS maintains everything; all we have to do is click the button, and WAF will be activated. Any packet coming through the internet will be filtered through."
"AWS WAF is very easy to use and configure on AWS."
"The access instruction feature is the most valuable. This is what we use the most."
"The customized billing is the most valuable feature."
"The most valuable features of Microsoft Azure Application Gateway are the policies, the data store they are using, and the cloud platform it operates on."
"The health probe is pretty good for your backend health. It tells you whether it's communicating and talking to the endpoint correctly. It is quite useful."
"The solution has built-in rules that reduce alerts and are easy to configure."
"The solution is easy to set up."
"Using policies to link and manage these URL-based routing configurations is also valuable."
"The simplicity of the solution and its ability to integrate easily with others are its most valuable aspects."
"The security feature in all the layers of the application is the most valuable."
"The solution's integration is very good."
 

Cons

"We should be able to do proper whitelisting."
"On the UI side, I would like it if they could bring back the geolocation view on the corner."
"The technical support does not respond to bugs in the coding of the product."
"We don't have much control over blocking, because the WAF is managed by AWS."
"While the complexity of the installation can vary from one service to another, overall, I would say that it and the configuration and navigation are somewhat complex."
"For uniformity, AWS has a well-accepted framework. However, it'll be better for us if we could have some more documented guidelines on how the specific business should be structured and the roles that the cloud recommends."
"It is sometimes a lot of work going through the rules and making sure you have everything covered for a use case. It is just the way rules are set and maintained in this solution. Some UI changes will probably be helpful. It is not easy to find the documentation of new features. Documentation not being updated is a common problem with all services, including this one. You have different versions of the console, and the options shown in the documentation are not there. For a new feature, there is probably an announcement about being released, but when it comes out, there is no actual documentation about how to use it. This makes you either go to technical support or community, which probably doesn't have an idea either. The documentation on the cloud should be the latest one. Finding information about a specific event can be a bit challenging. For this solution, not much documentation is available in the community. It could be because it is a new tool. Whenever there is an issue, it is just not that simple to resolve, especially if you don't have premium support. You have pretty much nowhere to look around, and you just need to poke around to try and make it work right."
"The solution could improve by having better rules, they are very basic at the moment. There are more attacks coming and we have to use third-party solutions, such as FIA. The features are not sufficient to prevent all the attacks, such as DDoS. Overall the solution should be more secure."
"The solution could improve by increasing the performance when doing updates. For example, if I change the certificate it can take 30 minutes. Other vendors do not have this type of problem."
"The tool's pricing could be improved."
"The support provided for the solution has certain shortcomings that need improvement, especially when it comes to the response time from the support team."
"I believe that there is room for improvement in terms of additional functionality. It is an advantage to have features readily available for configuration without needing customer-defined rules."
"Scalability can be an issue."
"Application Gateway’s limitation is that the private and the public endpoint cannot use the same port."
"The graphical interface needs improvement because it is not user friendly."
"Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is harder to manage than Imperva. It is not intuitive and stable compared to other products."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The solution is affordable."
"It has a variable pricing scheme."
"You need an additional AWS subscription for this product if you are buying a managed tool."
"The pricing is good and manageable."
"There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
"There are different scale options available for WAF."
"AWS WAF costs $5 monthly plus $1 for the rule. It's cheap, cost-wise. It's worth the money."
"AWS WAF has reasonable pricing."
"The solution is reasonably priced compared to other solutions."
"The pricing is based on how much you use the solution."
"Between v1 and v2, there is a lot of change in the pricing. It is very costly compared to AWS."
"I rate the price of Microsoft Azure Application Gateway an eight out of ten."
"It is an expensive solution. We have an enterprise agreement, it is monthly."
"Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is a pretty affordable product. My company needs to make yearly payments towards the licensing costs of the solution. The additional costs apart from the licensing costs of the solution vary."
"Regarding pricing for Azure Application Gateway, I would rate it at seven."
"The tool's pricing model is pay-as-you-go."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Computer Software Company
18%
Financial Services Firm
13%
Manufacturing Company
7%
Insurance Company
6%
Computer Software Company
16%
Financial Services Firm
11%
Government
7%
Manufacturing Company
7%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
 

Questions from the Community

What are the limitations of AWS WAF vs alternative WAFs?
Hi Varun, I have had experienced with several WAF deployments and deep technical assessments of the following: 1. Imperva WAF 2. F5 WAF 3. Polarisec Cloud WAF Typical limitations on cloud WAF is t...
How does AWS WAF compare to Microsoft Azure Application Gateway?
Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Amazon’s Web Service Web Application Firewall or Microsoft Azure Application Gateway web application firewall software was the better fit ...
What do you like most about AWS WAF?
The most valuable feature of AWS WAF is its highly configurable rules system.
What's the difference between Azure Front Door and Application Gateway?
We found Azure Front Door to be easily scaled and very stable. The implementation is very fast and Microsoft provides excellent support. Azure Front Door can quickly detect abnormalities before the...
What do you like most about Microsoft Azure Application Gateway?
Application Gateway automatically redirects unwanted users and takes care of the security aspect. It also handles the performance side of things, which is why we use it.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Microsoft Azure Application Gateway?
I would rate the pricing a three out of ten, with ten being cheap and one being expensive Because of some high costs.
 

Also Known As

AWS Web Application Firewall
Azure Application Gateway, MS Azure Application Gateway
 

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Sample Customers

eVitamins, 9Splay, Senao International
Lilly, AccuWeather, AIRFRANCE, Honeywell
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