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HAProxy vs. Microsoft Azure Application Gateway
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about HAProxy vs. Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"Load balancing is valuable, and we are also using the WAF feature.""The most valuable thing for me is TCP/IP Layer 4 stuff you can do with HAProxy. You can go down to the protocol level and make decisions on something.""Having the right load balancing solution – which is what HAProxy is – and protection in place gives organizations peace of mind.""We don't have a problem with the user interface. it's good.""The feature that I have found the most valuable is that it works for my use case of application load balancing. I'm using it for PeerSense, and it's easy enough for PeerSense.""I can't speak to all of the HAProxy features because we don't use them all, but load balancing is very good.""HAProxy potentially has a good return on investment"

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"The most valuable feature is WAF.""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 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.""The health probe is pretty good for your backend health. It tells you whether it's communicating and talking to the endpoint correctly. It is quite useful.""The solution was very easy to configure. It wasn't hard at all to adjust it to our needs.""The pricing is quite good.""WAF feature replicates the firewall."

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Cons
"HAProxy could do with some good combination integrations.""I would like to see better search handling, and a user interface, with a complete functional graphical unit""While troubleshooting, we are having some difficulties. There are no issues when it is running; it is stable and very good; however, if there is a troubleshooting issue or an incident occurs, we will have issues because this is open-source.""Pricing, monitoring, and reports can be improved.""There is no standardized document available. So, any individual has to work from scratch to work it out. If some standard deployment details are available, it would be helpful for people while deploying it. There should be more documentation on the standard deployment.""We've changed solutions as it doesn't fit with our current needs.""Sometimes it's challenging to get through the log, and you need a log to understand what is going on. It isn't easy to map the logging with the documentation, and every time I read the log, I have to pull out the documentation to understand what I'm reading."

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"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.""One of the challenges we faced was the solution does not support any other PCP protocols apart from HTTP and HTTPS.""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 security of the product could be adjusted.""Needs easier integration with the existing SIAM.""In the next release, the solution could improve the integration with Service Mesh and other Azure Security Services.""The monitoring on the solution could be better.""It does not have the flexibility for using public IPs in version 2."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "HAProxy is free in the initial offer. However, pricing can be improved."
  • "It is free of cost."
  • "HAProxy is free open-source software."
  • "When it comes to pricing HAProxy is free."
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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:I do recommend HAProxy for more simple applications or for companies with a low budget, since HAProxy is a free, open-source product. HAProxy is also a good choice for someone looking for a stable… more »
    Top Answer:We don't have a problem with the user interface. it's good.
    Top Answer:I'm using the freeware version. I have no idea if there is a paid solution because I've never looked into it. I might in the future if I have a use case for it. But right now, I'm leveraging the free… more »
    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 »
    Top Answer:Some of the key features of this solution are the low-level maintenance required, floating proxy service, and load balancing.
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    Also Known As
    HAProxy Community Edition, HAProxy Enterprise Edition, HAPEE
    Azure Application Gateway, MS Azure Application Gateway
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    Overview

    HAProxy is considered by many in the industry to be one of the fastest and most popular and trusted software load balancer products in the marketplace today. Organizations are able to immediately deploy HAProxy solutions to enable websites and applications to optimize performance, security, and observability. HAProxy solutions are available to scale to any environment.

    HAProxy is an open-source product and has a robust, active, reliable community. The solutions are continually tested and improved on by the community. HAProxy offers a dynamic design to support the most modern architectures, microservices, and deployment environments (appliances, containers, virtual, and cloud).

    HAProxy utilizes a cloud-native protocol, which makes it a complete solution for cloud services such as Red Hat OpenShift, OVH, Rackspace, Digital Ocean, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and more. It also can be used as the reference load balancer in OpenStack.

    HAProxy Products

    • HAProxy One: This is a next-gen end-to-end application delivery platform created to secure and streamline modern application architectures. It offers a complete suite of solutions, such as application delivery software, turnkey, and appliance services observed and administered through a central control plane. The product supplies application acceleration, CDN, DDoS, bot management, WAF capabilities, and load balancing.
    • HAProxy Fusion Control Plane: This product enables organizations to streamline workflows, arrange traffic routing and security protocols, enhance the speed of delivery, and scale out of the organization’s applications. HAProxy Fusion Control Plane offers an intuitive user interface to observe and control the complete product lineup and API for administering numerous fleets of HAProxy Enterprise servers, either in the cloud or on premises.
    • HAProxy Edge: This product offering is an application delivery network (ADN) that provides a broad array of turnkey application services with amazing scale and complete visibility. Services include application and content acceleration, advanced security, and load balancing.
    • HAProxy ALOHA Hardware or Virtual Load Balancer: This product is a virtual load balancer or plug-and-play hardware constructed upon HAProxy Enterprise that is designed to support proxying at Layer 4 and Layer 7. It has a user-friendly GUI, simple deployment, and no limit on backend servers, making it a complete product for organizations desiring a reliable system to provide high-end load distribution for critical services.
    • HAProxy Enterprise Kubernetes Ingress Controller: This product is designed to facilitate smooth traffic flow into a Kubernetes cluster. It is able to automatically discover anomalies and changes in an organization's Kubernetes infrastructure and provide precise distribution of traffic to healthy pods, with no downtime caused by poor pod health or scaling changes. The product comes with an embedded WAF to optimize the security of an organization’s applications running in Kubernetes.
    • HAProxy Enterprise: This product is the enterprise-class edition of HAProxy offering a dynamic and sturdy code base with next-generation features, an enterprise suite of add-ons, professional services, and trusted support. 

      • Cluster-wide tracking and rate limiting
      • Advanced DDoS and bot management
      • Web application firewall
      • Reliable expert support
      • High performance modules
      • Device detection and geolocation
      • Real-time dashboard

    Reviews from Real Users

    Having the right load balancing solution – which is what HAProxy is – and protection in place gives organizations peace of mind.” - Nathanel S., Platform Architect at SES

    “I use HAProxy for individuals who can not buy low balancers. I built NFV in a box and send individuals a pathway into an HAProxy VM. The setup was not difficult; it usually takes a day to complete for a VPC. When it comes to pricing, HAProxy is free.” - Nasir O., Network & Cloud Architect at Koala Compute Inc.

    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.

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    Sample Customers
    Booking.com, GitHub, Reddit, StackOverflow, Tumblr, Vimeo, Yelp
    Lilly, AccuWeather, AIRFRANCE, Honeywell
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm43%
    Marketing Services Firm14%
    Retailer14%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government6%
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    Comms Service Provider33%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Government11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise43%
    Large Enterprise32%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise63%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise50%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
    HAProxy vs. Microsoft Azure Application Gateway
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HAProxy vs. Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,812 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    HAProxy is ranked 5th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 7 reviews while Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is ranked 3rd in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 12 reviews. HAProxy is rated 7.6, while Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of HAProxy writes "You can go down to the protocol level and make decisions on something". 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". HAProxy is most compared with NGINX Plus, Kemp LoadMaster, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Citrix ADC and Barracuda Web Application Firewall, whereas Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is most compared with Azure Front Door, AWS WAF, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), F5 Advanced WAF and Cloudflare. See our HAProxy vs. Microsoft Azure Application Gateway report.

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