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We performed a comparison between Azure Front Door and F5 Advanced WAF based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Web Application Firewall (WAF) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Azure Front Door vs. F5 Advanced WAF Report (Updated: November 2022).
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"The price is one of the most important aspects of the product. It's quite affordable.""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.""You can assign as many web application firewall policies as you want to the same instance of Front Door."

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"The most valuable feature of F5 Advanced WAF is its ability to have a pool of resources that can distribute your traffic, and that is a plus for me. My company tried to look into a competitor, Imperva, but it was lacking that capability, so F5 Advanced WAF outperforms Imperva.""F5 Advanced WAF secures our connectivity and combines both the main functions of WAF (balancing and web application security).""The most valuable features of F5 Advanced WAF are the easy identification of events and customization. We can pinpoint our settings.""There are a lot of good features.""F5 Advanced WAF has very good stability and scalability. Its initial setup was straightforward.""It also has antivirus and DDoS mitigation capabilities. We have enabled these features.""Identification, ease of use, and ease of modifying it to most of our needs are valuable.""F5 technical support is excellent. They are experts who always provide the right solution, and they understand the problem. Their response and resolution times are good."

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"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."

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"We usually use a third-party tool for logging and reporting. It would be nice if we could do that right on this solution. They have one, but it's not very stable. Logging and reporting effectively would be a big enhancement.""There should be more ability to rate limit certain scenarios. The majority of the time, it is either on or off. For certain types of use cases, there should be the ability to rate limit, not just enable or disable.""I would like to see the API Protection improved.""The deployment side is quite complex.""F5 Advanced WAF could improve resource usage, it is CPU intensive. Additionally, adding automated remediation would be a benefit. For example, an easy button alerts us of the events that are occurring, and what we want to do at the time. An automated approach where somebody could be alerted very quickly. Instead of going and reconfiguring everything, an automated approach is what I'm looking at.""Nevertheless, F5 products are generally considered to be hard to deploy.""The reporting portion of F5 Advance WAF is not great. They need to work out something better, as it is very basic. You only see the top IPs, I think there is more they can offer.""The reporting could be clearer and embedded to include our movement data."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is on a pay-as-you-go basis."
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  • "There are various plans available for Fortinet FortiWeb Cloud WAF as a Service, including a trial version."
  • "It is expensive. Its price should be better. Its licensing is on a yearly basis. Its licensing is also based on the model. There are no additional costs."
  • "I don't have any issue with the pricing of this solution."
  • "There is an annual subscription for this solution."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable when compared with other products, such as FortiWeb. I am very satisfied with the price."
  • "Pricing for this solution is higher than average."
  • "There is a perpetual license that comes with your hardware. There is also an additional fee for support."
  • "F5 Advanced WAF pricing structure should be adjusted to meet the need of small to medium-sized companies."
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    Questions from the Community
    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: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… more »
    Top Answer:F5 technical support is excellent. They are experts who always provide the right solution, and they understand the problem. Their response and resolution times are good.
    Top Answer:F5's hardware product line is called BIG-IP, and they have many software licenses for IP DNS, Advanced WAF, APM, anti-spam, etc. We have around 10 licenses.
    Top Answer:F5 should consider adding network detection and response.
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    Also Known As
    Azure Front-Door
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    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.

    F5's Advanced WAF is built on proven F5 technology and goes beyond reactive security such as static signatures and reputation to proactively detect and mitigate bots, secure credentials and sensitive data, and defend against application denial-of-service (DoS). Advanced WAF redefines application security to address the most prevalent threats organizations face today.

    Advanced WAF is offered as an appliance, virtual edition, and as a managed service—providing automated WAF services that meet complex deployment and management requirements while protecting your apps with great precision. It is the most effective solution for guarding modern applications and data from existing and emerging threats while maintaining compliance with key regulatory mandates.

    Advanced WAF redefines application security to address the most prevalent threats organizations face today:

    •Web attacks that steal credentials and gain unauthorized access across user accounts.
    •Application layer attacks that evade static security based on reputation and manual signatures.
    •New attack surfaces and threats due to the rapid adoption of APIs.
    •OWASP Top 10 vulnerabilities

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    Sample Customers
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    MAXIMUS, Vivo, American Systems, Bangladesh Post Office, City Bank
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Financial Services Firm39%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Non Tech Company9%
    Media Company9%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Company Size
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise48%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
    Azure Front Door vs. F5 Advanced WAF
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Azure Front Door vs. F5 Advanced WAF and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    655,465 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Azure Front Door is ranked 9th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 3 reviews while F5 Advanced WAF is ranked 3rd in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 28 reviews. Azure Front Door is rated 9.0, while F5 Advanced WAF is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Azure Front Door writes "Provides a rich toolset for security, directing traffic, and rewriting headers and URLs". On the other hand, the top reviewer of F5 Advanced WAF writes "Extremely stable hardware with great plug-ins and excellent features". Azure Front Door is most compared with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Amazon CloudFront, Cloudflare, Cloudflare Web Application Firewall and AWS Global Accelerator, whereas F5 Advanced WAF is most compared with Fortinet FortiWeb, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway, Imperva Web Application Firewall, AWS WAF and Barracuda Web Application Firewall. See our Azure Front Door vs. F5 Advanced WAF report.

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