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F5 Advanced WAF vs. Microsoft Azure Application Gateway
May 2022
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Pros
"Very easy to implement and works well.""The most valuable features of the F5 Advanced WAF are the enhanced ASM and the performance. Additionally, the usability and effectiveness are very good.""We can monitor IP locations, but we have constraints from each country. It has a replication feature. Licenses can be shared, taking turns with each license.""The most valuable feature is that it is secure.""It's scalable and very easy to manage.""My favorite feature of F5 is the ability to play around with the ciphers. I also like the ability to have an immediate display of the support IDs when a real blockage occurs. The protection offered is great.""F5 Advanced WAF is a stable solution, we are satisfied. It is more stable than ForiWeb.""The most valuable features of F5 Advanced WAF are SSL uploading, signature, and anomaly detection. It is overall a high-quality solution."

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"The solution is easy to set up.""Load balancing and web application firewall features are the most valuable.""It has a filter available, although we are not currently using it because it is not part of our requirements. But it is a good option and when it becomes part of our requirements we will definitely use it.""Some of the key features of this solution are the low-level maintenance required, floating proxy service, and load balancing.""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.""It does an excellent job of load balancing.""The pricing is quite good.""WAF feature replicates the firewall."

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Cons
"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.""Its price should be better. It is expensive.""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.""The contextual-based component needs a lot of help to catch up with the next-gen products.""F5 Advanced WAF could improve on its funding for WAF features. There is a need to be more advanced WAF features.""It should be a little bit easy to deploy in terms of the overall deployment session. One of our customers is a bit unhappy about the reporting options. Currently, it automatically deletes event logs after some limit if a customer doesn't have any external Syslog server. It is a problem for those customers who want to review event logs after a week or so because they won't get proper reports or event logs. They should increase the duration to at least a month or two for storing the data on the device. F5 is not a leader in Gartner Quadrant, which affects us when we go and pitch this solution. Customers normally go and take a look at such annual reports, and because F5 is currently not there as a leader, the customers ask about it even though we are saying it is good in all things. F5 is not known for something totally different or unique. They were a major player in ADP, and they are just rebranding themselves into security. They should improve or increase their marketing as a security company now. They have already started to do that, but they should do it more so that when it comes to security, customers can easily remember F5. At the moment, if we say F5, load balancing comes to mind. With rebranding and marketing, all customers should get the idea that F5 is now mainly focusing on the security part of it, and it is a security company instead of load balancing. This is the first solution that should come to a customer's mind for a web application firewall.""There is a gap in report management.""The accuracy of the automatic learning feature needs improvement."

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"The monitoring on the solution could be better.""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.""In the next release, the solution could improve the integration with Service Mesh and other Azure Security Services.""The security of the product could be adjusted.""One of the challenges we faced was the solution does not support any other PCP protocols apart from HTTP and HTTPS.""The configuration is very specific right now and needs to be much more flexible.""It could be more stable, and support could be better. It would also be better if they offered more features. For example, it lacks security features. Before we used another English solution, and we realized that some of the rules were not set up correctly and passed through the Application Gateway's English controllers. But the problem, in this case, is if you send ten rules, for example, six rules hit some issues. IP address blocking could be better. The rules, for example, don't work properly. If you have one issue, one rule or another rule will not work. This sounds like total madness to me.""It takes a lot of time for a certificate to update in the system. That is a huge drawback, affecting the load-balancing side. And when there are changes to the load balancing, it affects the end-user."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It's more expensive than other solutions and depending on the modules, there can be additional fees."
  • "F5 bundles up services and the bundle is what you pay for rather than individual components."
  • "Its price is fair. We have done a couple of deals where they were able to give some kind of discount to the customers. The price was initially high for the customers, but after a couple of negotiations, it came within their budget. They were happy with that."
  • "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."
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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."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:My favorite feature of F5 is the ability to play around with the ciphers. I also like the ability to have an immediate display of the support IDs when a real blockage occurs. The protection offered is… more »
    Top Answer:As far as the pricing of F5 Advanced WAF I would rate it a four out of five depending on what features I am looking for. Imperva is more expensive. The price has remained consistent at a constant… more »
    Top Answer: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.
    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: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 »
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    Also Known As
    Azure Application Gateway, MS Azure Application Gateway
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    Overview

    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

    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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    Sample Customers
    MAXIMUS, Vivo, American Systems, Bangladesh Post Office, City Bank
    Lilly, AccuWeather, AIRFRANCE, Honeywell
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    Buyer's Guide
    F5 Advanced WAF vs. Microsoft Azure Application Gateway
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about F5 Advanced WAF vs. Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    607,127 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    F5 Advanced WAF is ranked 6th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 20 reviews while Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is ranked 3rd in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 12 reviews. F5 Advanced WAF is rated 8.2, while Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of F5 Advanced WAF writes "It is very stable as as a load balancer or a web application firewall". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure Application Gateway writes "Needs better security and functionality, and requires more intelligence to make it competitive". F5 Advanced WAF is most compared with Fortinet FortiWeb, Imperva Web Application Firewall, NGINX App Protect, Azure Front Door and F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), whereas Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is most compared with Azure Front Door, AWS WAF, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), HAProxy and Cloudflare. See our F5 Advanced WAF vs. Microsoft Azure Application Gateway report.

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