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Executive Summary
Updated on Mar 6, 2024

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

Based on user reviews, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is praised for its load balancing capabilities, SSL termination, scalability, and integration with Azure services. Users value its ease of use, customization options, and positive ROI. On the other hand, Azure Front Door is appreciated for traffic management, security measures, scalability, and integration with Azure services. Users highlight its monitoring and analytics capabilities, performance improvement, and overall user experience. Areas for improvement include scalability, performance, user interface, and documentation for Azure Application Gateway, while Azure Front Door could focus on performance, stability, user-friendliness, error handling, customization, and security enhancements.

Features: Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is praised for its excellent load balancing capabilities, efficient SSL termination, and seamless integration. Azure Front Door is highly regarded for its traffic management, advanced security measures, scalability, and high availability. Additionally, it simplifies content delivery and offers robust monitoring and analytics capabilities.

Pricing and ROI: Based on user feedback, the setup cost for Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is minimal, while Azure Front Door's setup cost is not explicitly mentioned. The pricing for Application Gateway is considered fair, but there is no information regarding Front Door's pricing., In terms of ROI, Microsoft Azure Application Gateway delivers positive returns with its efficient and reliable performance, cost-effectiveness, scalability, and user-friendly management. On the other hand, Azure Front Door offers a positive ROI through its effective traffic distribution, enhanced website performance, scalability, cost-effectiveness, and seamless integration with other Azure services.

Room for Improvement: Some areas of improvement for Microsoft Azure Application Gateway include enhancing scalability and performance capabilities, improving the user interface and documentation, and providing better support resources. On the other hand, Azure Front Door could benefit from enhancing performance and stability, refining the configuration process to be more user-friendly, improving error handling and troubleshooting capabilities, increasing customization options, and addressing security concerns.

Deployment and customer support: The reviews for Microsoft Azure Application Gateway highlight varying durations for deployment and setup, ranging from a week to three months. On the other hand, Azure Front Door also has mixed feedback, with some users taking a week for both deployment and setup, and others requiring three months and a week., Users have praised the customer service and support provided by both Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and Azure Front Door. Azure Application Gateway's support is described as top-notch, reliable, and efficient. Azure Front Door's support team is commended for their prompt response and willingness to address queries.

The summary above is based on 26 interviews we conducted recently with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway 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. Microsoft Azure Application Gateway Report (Updated: March 2024).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: What's the difference between Azure Front Door and Application Gateway?
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 traffic comes into the application. Azure Front Door is a very affordable global solution. It would be better, though, if the solution worked with multiple cloud defenders. Currently, it can only be used with the Azure cloud. The WAF feature with Azure Application Gateway is extremely valuable to us. It is a key feature we were looking for in a traffic load balancer. Azure Application Gateway integrates well with other solutions and we have found it to be excellent at catching attacks and stopping suspicious content. It is a regional solution that has no limitations in terms of scalability. We would like to see the monitoring improved, with better reporting capabilities. We would also like to see Azure Application Gateway allow for better filtering on traffic protocols; sometimes traffic that should have been allowed access has been cut off due to strict security presets. If we could see everything that was going on in the system, it would make the security center in Azure Application Gateway much better. Conclusion: These two solutions are similarly effective in the services and features they provide. They both offer great pricing and outstanding support. There are even some scenarios where Azure Application Gateway should be deployed behind Azure Front Door. The major difference is that Azure Front Door is a global service and Azure Application Gateway is a regional service, so they have very different capabilities. We were looking for a regional solution to satisfy our client and we found the added WAF feature of the Azure Application Gateway a much-desired feature for our team and our clients with specific regional needs. We also found that Azure Application Gateway integrated better with more solutions and met our client's needs more effectively.
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Pros
"I am impressed with the tool's integrations.""The solution is good.""The price is one of the most important aspects of the product. It's quite affordable.""Rules Engine is a valuable feature.""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.""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.""I particularly appreciate its load-balancing capabilities as it allows us to manage multiple instances and support a global presence effectively.""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 is WAF.""We use the product in front-end and back-end applications to do the load balancing smartly.""Microsoft Azure Application Gateway gives us a lot of benefits, including domain mapping.""In my experience, Microsoft products have a smooth integration and facilitate easy management and monitoring. Using Azure Application Gateway allows us to efficiently handle the system loads.""It does an excellent job of load balancing.""The solution has built-in rules that reduce alerts and are easy to configure.""The most valuable feature of the solution is traffic management.""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."

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Cons
"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.""This is a relatively expensive solution.""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.""The user interface needs improvement as it is difficult to create the mapping to link the problem with your private address sources.""The product needs to improve its latency.""My suggestion for improvement would be to enhance the Data Export feature to include specific tables, particularly the Azure Diagnostics table.""There's a limitation on the amount of global rules we can add.""There is room for improvement and they're working on it."

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"The product could be easier to use and implement.""The security of the product could be adjusted.""We have encountered some issues with automatic redirection and cancellation, leading to 502 and 504 gateway errors. So, I experienced some trouble with containers.""Microsoft Azure Application Gateway could improve by allowing features to use more third-party tools.""The pricing of the solution is a bit high. The solution should offer different pricing systems.""The graphical interface needs improvement because it is not user friendly.""The solution has many limitations. You cannot upgrade the VPN to the application gateway. So I started with version one, which has limited capabilities, and they provided version two. And unfortunately, I cannot upgrade from v one to v two like other services. So I have to decommission the version one and create a new one with version two. Also the version one was complex with the certificates uploading the SQL certificates.""I want the solution's support to improve. The tool is also expensive."

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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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  • "It is not expensive."
  • "Every solution comes with a license and cost. Microsoft provides the license and the total cost is for the maintenance every year."
  • "Between v1 and v2, there is a lot of change in the pricing. It is very costly compared to AWS."
  • "There is some additional cost, such as extended support."
  • "The cost is not an issue."
  • "The solution is reasonably priced compared to other solutions."
  • "The pricing is based on how much you use the solution."
  • "The solution is paid monthly. The solution is highly expensive."
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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: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.
    Top Answer: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 for… more »
    Top Answer:I rate Microsoft Azure Application Gateway's scalability a ten out of ten. My company has more than 1000 users who use it daily.
    Top Answer:The solution is cheaper than Imperva. I rate it four to five out of ten.
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    Also Known As
    Azure Front-Door
    Azure Application Gateway, MS Azure Application Gateway
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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.

    Azure Application Gateway is a web traffic load balancer that enables you to manage traffic to your web applications. Traditional load balancers operate at the transport layer (OSI layer 4 - TCP and UDP) and route traffic based on source IP address and port, to a destination IP address and port.

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

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    Azure Front Door vs. Microsoft Azure Application Gateway
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    Azure Front Door is ranked 9th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 10 reviews while Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is ranked 3rd in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 40 reviews. Azure Front Door is rated 8.8, while Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is rated 7.2. 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 Microsoft Azure Application Gateway writes "High stability with built-in rules that reduce alerts and are easy to configure". Azure Front Door is most compared with Amazon CloudFront, Cloudflare, Akamai, AWS Global Accelerator and Azure Firewall, whereas Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is most compared with AWS WAF, Citrix NetScaler, F5 Advanced WAF, Cloudflare Web Application Firewall and HAProxy. See our Azure Front Door vs. Microsoft Azure Application Gateway report.

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