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We performed a comparison between Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and NGINX App Protect 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 Microsoft Azure Application Gateway vs. NGINX App Protect Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"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.""It does an excellent job of load balancing.""Some of the key features of this solution are the low-level maintenance required, floating proxy service, and load balancing.""The most valuable feature is WAF.""The solution is easy to set up.""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 most valuable features of Microsoft Azure Application Gateway are the policies, the data store they are using, and the cloud platform it operates on.""The pricing is quite good."

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"NGINX App Protect's best features are auto-learning, which creates a profile of applications that are deployed, bot protection, and force protection, which lets you configure your brute force policy and alert for and prevent brute force attacks.""The initial setup was simple and took three to four days.""NGINX App Protect has complete control over the HTTP session.""The most valuable feature of NGINX App Protect is its flexibility.""The most valuable feature of NGINX App Protect is its open source.""We were looking for a product that is capable of complete automation and a container based solution. It's working.""The most valuable feature of NGINX App Protect is the reverse proxy.""NGINX App Protect is stable."

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Cons
"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.""In the next release, the solution could improve the integration with Service Mesh and other Azure Security Services.""The configuration is very specific right now and needs to be much more flexible.""The monitoring on the solution could be better.""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.""It is a bit tricky to configure. You've got to have a very specific format to configure it. They should make it a little bit easier to configure. Mapping the certificates into it isn't easy, and it could be better. Currently, you've to write a bit of automation to pull certificates directly to 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."

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"Areas for improvement would be if NGINX could scan for vulnerabilities and learn and update the signatures of DoS attacks.""The price of NGINX App Protect could improve.""NGINX App Protect could improve security.""The setup of NGINX App Protect is complex. The full process took one week to complete. Additionally, we had to change the network infrastructure platform which took one month.""As far as scalability, it takes a long time for deployment.""NGINX App Protect would be improved with integration with Shape and F5 WAF, which would make it easy for users to manage all their web application security with a single solution.""Currently, the policies have to be handled manually, and you have to create from scratch, which can be a bit time-consuming, in a large environment.""The integration of NGINX App Protect could improve."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "Really understand the licensing model, because we underestimated that."
  • "There are no additional fees."
  • "NGINX is not expensive."
  • "The pricing is reasonable because NGINX operates on an instance basis."
  • "There is a license needed to use NGINX App Protect."
  • "There are not any additional costs we had to pay to use NGINX App Protect."
  • "There is a monthly or annual subscription to use NGINX App Protect. There are not any additional costs to the subscription."
  • "The price of NGINX App Protect is approximately $3,000 annually. All of our licenses are observed by a managed service partner."
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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: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.
    Top Answer:WAF is useful to track mitigation, inclusion, prevention, and the parametric firewall.
    Top Answer:Our licensing costs are about $40,000 a year. We pay on an annual basis. We just have our operating costs on top of that.
    Top Answer:The solution does well when there's low throughput but when we go for any high throughput, it's always a challenge. I'm expecting the next version to have a better high throughput. I also find that… more »
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    Also Known As
    Azure Application Gateway, MS Azure Application Gateway
    NGINX WAF, NGINX Web Application Firewall
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    Overview

    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.

    NGINX App Protect application security solution combines the efficacy of advanced F5 web application firewall (WAF) technology with the agility and performance of NGINX Plus. The solution runs natively on NGINX Plus and addresses some of the most difficult challenges facing modern DevOps environments:

    • Integrating security controls directly into the development automation pipeline
    • Applying and managing security for modern and distributed application environments such as containers and microservices
    • Providing the right level of security controls without impacting release and go-to-market velocity
    • Complying with security and regulatory requirements

    NGINX App Protect offers:

    • Expanded security beyond basic signatures to ensure adequate controls
    • F5 app‑security technology for efficacy superior to ModSecurity and other WAFs
    • Confidently run in “blocking” mode in production with proven F5 expertise
    • High‑confidence signatures for extremely low false positives
    • Increases visibility, integrating with third‑party analytics solutions
    • Integrates security and WAF natively into the CI/CD pipeline
    • Deploys as a lightweight software package that is agnostic of underlying infrastructure
    • Facilitates declarative policies for “security as code” and integration with DevOps tools
    • Decreases developer burden and provides feedback loop for quick security remediation
    • Accelerates time to market and reduces costs with DevSecOps‑automated security
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    Learn more about Microsoft Azure Application Gateway
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    Sample Customers
    Lilly, AccuWeather, AIRFRANCE, Honeywell
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    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Healthcare Company8%
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    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Government6%
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    Financial Services Firm38%
    Comms Service Provider38%
    Insurance Company13%
    Computer Software Company13%
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    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise64%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise54%
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    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Azure Application Gateway vs. NGINX App Protect
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Azure Application Gateway vs. NGINX App Protect and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is ranked 5th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 8 reviews while NGINX App Protect is ranked 11th in Web Application Firewall (WAF) with 9 reviews. Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is rated 7.6, while NGINX App Protect is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft Azure Application Gateway writes "Provides security features comparable to AWS, but certificate updates take too long". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NGINX App Protect writes "Capable of complete automation but is costly ". Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is most compared with Azure Front Door, AWS WAF, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), F5 Advanced WAF and HAProxy, whereas NGINX App Protect is most compared with F5 Advanced WAF, Mirantis Container Cloud, AWS WAF, Azure Front Door and Fortinet FortiWeb. See our Microsoft Azure Application Gateway vs. NGINX App Protect report.

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