Cloudflare Web Application Firewall vs Microsoft Azure Application Gateway comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on Mar 6, 2024

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Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Web Application Firewall (WAF) category, the mindshare of Cloudflare Web Application Firewall is 7.1%, up from 7.1% 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.
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Featured Reviews

Stefan Rusu - PeerSpot reviewer
Nov 1, 2023
Improves security posture by blocking bad actors
I use Cloudflare Web Application Firewall to stop attacks on web application firewalls The product has improved our security posture by blocking bad actors. The blocked logs are difficult to read at times. I rate the solution's stability a ten out of ten. I rate the product's scalability a…
Jun 22, 2023
A Stable and Scalable Web Traffic Load Balancer which is Easy- to- Setup and is Secure
We're using it to expose our application but the main purpose is to make use of the web in a location We have increased the security so now our infrastructure is more secure. And  all the inbound traffic is passing through the WAF and not our application because we have some APIs,  based on the…

Quotes from Members

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


"There is a huge signature repository"
"The security features are valuable. The particular feature we use is called OWASP."
"The product has improved our security posture by blocking bad actors."
"The Cloudflare Web Application Firewall's most valuable feature is its ease of configuration."
"Does a good job preventing web application attacks."
"Technical support has a very fast response time and they are helpful."
"We extensively use the solution every day. The solution is very stable; we haven’t seen any glitches."
"The integration of Cloudflare with Cloud Suite is its most valuable feature."
"The tool helps manage microservices by providing developers with a platform to conduct tests and assessments on the web application. The custom domain option is one of the most valuable features I've found. This feature is incredibly helpful for the end-users of the web application. With the custom domain feature, you can change the lengthy link to a shorter, more memorable one. For example, instead of using a lengthy default link, you can customize it to something like, which is much easier to remember and share."
"We chose this solution in the first place because it has access to Layer 7. I can control the requests and the content, which I can access on my network if I want to even if it's forbidden access to other external resources. If I want to monitor, for example, traffic, and apply this rule on Layer 7, I can do so. This was our main goal when implementing this application. We wanted to take advantage of the Gateway capabilities."
"The most valuable feature of Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is its ease of use."
"The solution's integration is very good."
"The solution was very easy to configure. It wasn't hard at all to adjust it to our needs."
"I rate Microsoft Azure Application Gateway's scalability a ten out of ten. My company has more than 1000 users who use it daily."
"We find it valuable because it is compatible with our existing Azure solution."
"I find Application Gateway’s WAF module valuable because it helps prevent layer 7 attacks."


"There could be an option to duplicate the cluster to maintain the consistency of rules."
"The solution's learning curve can still be further reduced"
"The notification part could be improved. It's very much connected to Web Application Firewall, rate-limiting, and DDoS protection."
"It would be ideal if the solution offered better log integration and more integration with different platforms."
"A key challenge arises when dealing with numerous integrations with HVAC systems. Depending on the specifics, there might be some configuration mismatches, which necessitate specific support."
"Cloudflare Web Application Firewall should include port forwarding features."
"Their documentation could be better. They don't have documentation that explains everything well. They have documentation for everything you're looking for, but they lack a single piece of documentation to tie everything together. As a new user or beginner, it took us a little bit of time to figure out how to put all these things in place."
"Cloudflare Web Application Firewall should improve visibility for a customer."
"The solution doesn’t support wildcard-based and regular expression-based rules."
"The increased security that we are considering is because of some of the things that the security team has brought to our attention. They have pointed out that we would most likely require a better web application firewall than Azure Application Gateway."
"The support provided for the solution has certain shortcomings that need improvement, especially when it comes to the response time from the support team."
"There is room for improvement in the pricing model."
"The graphical interface needs improvement because it is not user friendly."
"The solution should provide more security for certificate-based services so that we can implement more security on that."
"The working speed of the solution needs improvement."
"The monitoring on the solution could be better."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The solution's pricing option needs to be more transparent for enterprise clients."
"The solution is expensive."
"It starts at $20 and can easily go up to $200 monthly"
"We pay $210 per month for CloudFlare WAF."
"Cloudflare Web Application Firewall is more affordable than other solutions."
"The annual licensing fee is $10,000 USD."
"What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing? I believe the pricing is not the best, but it's reasonable and acceptable. We also use the McAfee system in parallel. In terms of pricing, its okay - not great, but not bad either. It falls in the middle, which is acceptable. In terms of support licensing, last time, we were searching for a solution, and we considered products from resellers rather than directly from the cloud provider. However, the pricing we encountered was exceptionally high. As a result, we are inclined to select support from the reseller."
"The pricing model is very straightforward compared to the competition. You just pay per month for the product and usage."
"The product is expensive. I rate the pricing a seven out of ten."
"The solution is reasonably priced."
"There is a need to pay a fixed price per month to use the product. There are no additional payments to be made to Microsoft apart from the charges paid towards the monthly licensing costs attached to the solution."
"The price of the solution can be reduced a bit."
"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."
"Between v1 and v2, there is a lot of change in the pricing. It is very costly compared to AWS."
"We use the tool's basic subscription. Its licensing costs are monthly."
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Top Industries

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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Cloudflare Web Application Firewall?
The product has a valuable security control functionality.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Cloudflare Web Application Firewall?
Cloudflare Web Application Firewall is more affordable than other solutions.
What needs improvement with Cloudflare Web Application Firewall?
The platform's control features related to real-time authentication and response time need improvement.
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...
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 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.

Also Known As

Cloudflare WAF
Azure Application Gateway, MS Azure Application Gateway



Sample Customers

crunchbase, udacity, marketo, okcupid, zendesk
Lilly, AccuWeather, AIRFRANCE, Honeywell
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