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Updated on Mar 6, 2024

We compared Cloudflare and Azure Front Door based on our user's reviews in several parameters.

Cloudflare and Azure Front Door both offer valuable features such as robust security measures, reliable content delivery networks, and efficient caching capabilities. However, Cloudflare stands out with its user-friendly interface, real-time threat detection, and extensive analytics tools. On the other hand, Azure Front Door is praised for its seamless integration with other Azure services, powerful security measures, and scalability. Users appreciate Cloudflare for its responsive support and cost-effective pricing, while Azure Front Door receives positive feedback for its efficient customer service and positive return on investment. Areas for improvement in Cloudflare include network performance, user interface, documentation and support, customization options, pricing transparency, and integration with other services. Meanwhile, Azure Front Door could benefit from enhancements in performance and stability, user-friendly configuration processes, improved error handling and troubleshooting capabilities, more customization options, and addressing security concerns.

Features: Cloudflare's valuable features include robust security measures, reliable content delivery network, efficient caching capabilities, and user-friendly interface. Azure Front Door offers efficient traffic management, powerful security measures, seamless integration with Azure services, and robust monitoring and analytics capabilities.

Pricing and ROI: The setup cost for Cloudflare is appreciated by users for being straightforward and hassle-free. There have been no concerns or issues with the licensing process, indicating a smooth experience. Users have also mentioned their feedback on Azure Front Door, discussing their experiences with pricing, setup costs, and licensing., Cloudflare's ROI is characterized by improved website performance, increased security, reduced downtime, user-friendly interface, and value for money. In contrast, Azure Front Door's ROI includes effective traffic distribution, enhanced website performance, scalability, cost-effectiveness, and seamless integration with other Azure services.

Room for Improvement: Cloudflare product: Users have mentioned room for improvement in network performance, user interface, documentation and support, customization options, pricing transparency, and integration with other services. Azure Front Door product: Room for improvement includes enhancing performance and stability, refining configuration process, improving error handling, increasing customization options, and addressing security concerns.

Deployment and customer support: The user reviews for Cloudflare and Azure Front Door show that both products have varying durations required for establishing a new tech solution. Some users took three months for deployment and a week for setup, while others took only a week for both phases. It is important to consider the context of these timeframes and whether they refer to separate or the same periods., Cloudflare's customer service is praised for their exceptional assistance and responsive support. Users appreciate the quick and knowledgeable responses, while Azure Front Door receives positive remarks for its efficient and helpful assistance.

The summary above is based on 23 interviews we conducted recently with Cloudflare and Azure Front Door users. To access the review's full transcripts, download our report.

To learn more, read our detailed Azure Front Door vs. Cloudflare Report (Updated: March 2024).
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"It inspects the traffic at the network level before it comes into Azure. We can do SSL offloading, and it can detect abnormalities before the traffic comes into the application. It can be used globally and is easy to set up. It is also quite stable and scalable.""I am impressed with the tool's integrations.""I particularly appreciate its load-balancing capabilities as it allows us to manage multiple instances and support a global presence effectively.""The solution is good.""Rules Engine is a valuable feature.""The web application firewall is a great feature.""You can assign as many web application firewall policies as you want to the same instance of Front Door.""The most valuable feature is that you can implement resources globally. It does not depend on location and ability or something like that. This is to connect clients around the world."

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"What I like best about Cloudflare is that my company can use it to trace and manage applications and monitor traffic. The solution tells you if there's a spike in traffic. Cloudflare also sends you a link to check your equipment and deployment and track it through peering, so it's a valuable tool.""The solution provides good load balancing and protection against DDoS attacks.""DDoS attacks target unprotected machines. Cloudflare detects and stops these attacks using internal systems. It identifies incoming DDoS attacks, issuing challenges or blocking them immediately.""The web application firewall brought us good security and a view of the accesses/blocks of the entire domain and subdomain that were accessed both by region (country) and IPs.""Generally, I am satisfied with this product.""It's very user-friendly.""Cloudflare has many features.""Centralized, full-featured DNS."

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Cons
"The product needs to improve its latency.""We should be able to use Front Door defenders with multiple cloud vendors. Currently, they can be used only with the Azure cloud. Azure Front Door should also be able to do global load balancing and provide internal front door services. Microsoft should clearly define what Traffic Manager, Application Gateway, and Azure Front Door products do. These are similar products, and people get confused between these products.""I'm responsible for the governance and cost control of Azure. I'm not a specialist in any products and therefore I couldn't really speak effectively to features that are lacking or missing.""There is room for improvement and they're working on it.""The product's features are limited compared to Cloudflare. The tool also doesn't work well in a hybrid environment. I would like to see a way to add personalized APIs in the system.""This is a relatively expensive solution.""My suggestion for improvement would be to enhance the Data Export feature to include specific tables, particularly the Azure Diagnostics table.""The user interface needs improvement as it is difficult to create the mapping to link the problem with your private address sources."

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"The solution could work at being less expensive. It costs a lot to use it.""Although I think it's quite good, it doesn't provide me with all the features I would expect to have if I were using Imperva.""The product needs to improve its automation.""I think the APIs are a little bit hard for us to work with. The APIs could be more open so that we could integrate better with our SolarWinds or our monitoring solution.""The solution could use more analytics on the backend to give us more insights into everything. More reports would be helpful.""They lack a good way to manage DNS as a company, since everything is relegated to single account logins until you get to the higher levels. They have come out with a paid feature to remedy this, but I have not had a chance to fully review it yet to know if it fixes the access problem.""It would be beneficial for us if Cloudflare could offer a scrubbing solution. This would involve taking a snapshot of my website and keeping it live during a DDoS attack, ensuring uninterrupted service for our users. DDoS attacks are typically short in duration, and having Cloudflare maintain the site's availability from its secure network would enhance the overall user experience. I would appreciate it if Cloudflare could consider implementing this feature. Many organizations already utilize similar capabilities in their CDN platforms, where a static snapshot of the web page is displayed during DDoS attacks. In terms of features, Cloudflare needs to enhance its resilience and stay more focused on adopting new technologies. For instance, solutions like F5 XC Box, Access Solution, and Distributed Cloud Solution have impressive features, and Cloudflare should strive to match and exceed those capabilities. There's a need for improvement in areas like AI-based DDoS attacks and Layer 7 WAF features. Cloudflare should prioritize enhancements in areas such as behavioral DDoS and protection against SQL injection attacks, considering the prevalent trend of public exposure to the internet for business reasons. Overall, Cloudflare needs to invest more in advancing its feature set.""Sometimes their more advanced caching tools can cause higher first-byte times and problems with JavaScript."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is on a pay-as-you-go basis."
  • "The solution is a bit expensive."
  • "The product is expensive."
  • "The pricing of the solution is good."
  • "The transition to the premium tier has led to increased costs, making it more expensive than the classic tier."
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  • "So far I use free tier and happy with it. You can subscribe to business package if needed."
  • "I think the pricing is competitive. I think as far as licensing is concerned it's pretty straightforward because it's based on domain. It's just that sometimes domains could be tricky with some customers."
  • "There are no additional costs beyond the standard licensing fees."
  • "The cost primarily depends on the size of the organization."
  • "We don't have any issues with the price."
  • "The price is reasonable."
  • "The solution is expensive when compared to other products but offers unlimited bandwidth."
  • "It's a premium model. You can start at zero and work your way up to the enterprise model, which has a very high pricing level."
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    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer:The transition to the premium tier has led to increased costs, making it more expensive than the classic tier. However, we acknowledge that this pricing reflects additional features and capabilities.
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    Top Answer:Cloudflare offers CDN and DDoS protection. We have the front end, API, and database in how you structure applications.
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    Azure Front-Door
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    Overview

    Azure Front Door is a global, scalable entry-point that uses the Microsoft global edge network to create fast, secure, and widely scalable web applications. With Front Door, you can transform your global consumer and enterprise applications into robust, high-performing personalized modern applications with contents that reach a global audience through Azure.

    To learn more about our solution, ask questions, and share feedback, join our Microsoft Security, Compliance and Identity Community.

    Cloudflare is a highly-regarded Content Delivery Network (CDN) and a Distribution Denial of Service (DDoS) protection solution. The robust global cloud platform that is Cloudflare ensures users are able to connect to the internet quickly, securely, and reliably. Cloudflare is one of the world's largest networks in the marketplace today. Using Cloudflare, businesses, educational entities, NGOs, vloggers, bloggers, and anyone else with an internet presence can use the solution and experience more secure, faster websites and applications.

    Currently, there are millions of internet locations on Cloudflare, and the Cloudflare network continues to grow every day by the thousands. The solution is able to fulfill the requests for millions of websites seamlessly and serves on average 45 million HTTP requests per second.

    Cloudflare has safe, secure data centers in close to 300 cities worldwide to ensure every client request is filled as quickly as possible. It is Cloudflare’s edge network that makes this possible by keeping content and other services as close to each client as possible, so the information requests are always only seconds away.

    Many organizations that work in democracy, civil society, human rights, or the arts are able to access Cloudflare highest levels of protection for free via Project Galileo. Additionally, official election websites can be secured from hacking and fraud through Cloudflare’s Project Athenian, also at no additional cost.

    Cloudflare can also help organizations of all sizes develop a robust zero-trust strategy to ensure the highest levels of productivity and profitability. Employees, stakeholders, and end-users have a greater level of satisfaction and overall improved user experience, which can, in turn, result in higher revenues and overall ROI. Zero-trust and BYOD ( bring your own device) access ensure end-users and employees always have the best resources and technology available to them at all times.



    Cloudflare Benefits

    Cloudflare has many benefits. Some of its most valuable benefits include:

    • Faster load times
    • Robust DNS security
    • Intuitive cloud Web Application Firewall (WAF)
    • Free universal SSL
    • Image Enhancement
    • Automatic Browser Caching
    • Next-generation cloud load balancer
    • Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)
    • Rate Limiting
    • Minification
    • Zero-trust capabilities 
    • Cost-effective
    • Reduced carbon footprint

    Reviews from Real Users

    “Many websites require an SSL certificate because they sell stuff and want SSL. Cloudflare comes with an SSL certificate built in. It's automatic. You sign yourself up for Cloudflare, and an SSL certificate automatically protects your website. If you have a connection between your website and your host, the server, Cloudflare, and the host, you don't necessarily need a certificate.”  Spencer M., Owner at Tech Exchange

    “What I like best about Cloudflare is that my company can use it to trace and manage applications and monitor traffic. The solution tells you if there's a spike in traffic. Cloudflare also sends you a link to check your equipment and deployment and track it through peering, so it's a valuable tool.” Daniel P., Network engineer at Ufinet

    The most valuable feature of Cloudflare is the GUI. You are able to control the solution very well through the interface. There is a lot of functionality that is embedded in the service.” A PeerSpot user who is a Competence Center Manager at a tech services company. 

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    Azure Front Door vs. Cloudflare
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    Find out what your peers are saying about Azure Front Door vs. Cloudflare and other solutions. Updated: March 2024.
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    Azure Front Door is ranked 2nd in CDN with 10 reviews while Cloudflare is ranked 1st in CDN with 56 reviews. Azure Front Door is rated 8.8, while Cloudflare is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Azure Front Door writes " An easy -to-setup stable solution that enables implementing resources globally and has a good technical support team". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cloudflare writes "It's easy to set up because you point the DNS to it, and it's working in under 15 minutes". Azure Front Door is most compared with Amazon CloudFront, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Akamai, AWS Global Accelerator and Azure Firewall, whereas Cloudflare is most compared with Akamai, Imperva DDoS, AWS Shield, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and Arbor DDoS. See our Azure Front Door vs. Cloudflare report.

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