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Pros
"Load balancing and web application firewall features are the most valuable.""The most valuable feature is WAF.""WAF feature replicates the firewall.""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 solution was very easy to configure. It wasn't hard at all to adjust it to our needs.""Good customization; able to report and take action on alerts.""The pricing is quite good."

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"I think installation only took a couple of minutes — no more than 10 minutes."

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Cons
"The security of the product could be adjusted.""The monitoring on the solution could be better.""One of the challenges we faced was the solution does not support any other PCP protocols apart from HTTP and HTTPS.""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 does not have the flexibility for using public IPs in version 2.""In the next release, the solution could improve the integration with Service Mesh and other Azure Security Services.""For the first-time user, it is difficult to understand so the user-interface needs to be improved.""Scalability can be an issue."

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"The scaling should be built into the software rather than configured from an outside source."

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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."
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  • "Compared to other similar solutions on the market, I think it's over-priced."
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    Also Known As
    Azure Application Gateway, MS Azure Application Gateway
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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 Plus is the all‑in‑one application delivery platform for the modern application development.

    NGINX is the world’s most popular all‑in‑one application delivery platform for the modern application development. NGINX Plus adds enterprise-ready features for HTTP, TCP, and UDP load balancing, such as session persistencehealth checksadvanced monitoring, and management to give you the freedom to innovate without being constrained by infrastructure.

    NGINX Plus is a cloud‑native, reverse proxy, load balancer, and API gateway. NGINX Plus boasts scalable and reliable high availability along with monitoring to support debugging and diagnosing complex application architectures. Active health checks proactively poll upstream server status to get ahead of issues, and the integrated live activity monitoring dashboard provides a single‑pane view of your app environment. The NGINX Plus API enables integration with existing tools, optimizing resources and reducing tool sprawl.

    NGINX Plus extends NGINX Open Source with many additional features and support, providing customers with a complete application delivery solution.

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    Sample Customers
    Lilly, AccuWeather, AIRFRANCE, Honeywell
    Locaweb, AppNexus, Wix, Reliam, Montana Interactive, MuleSoft, Warpwire, Discovery Education, InkaBinka, WordPress.com, Gogo, GOV.UK, NASA
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    Comms Service Provider33%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Government11%
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    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Energy/Utilities Company5%
    Financial Services Firm5%
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    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Government5%
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    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    Large Enterprise14%
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    Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is ranked 3rd in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 12 reviews while NGINX Plus is ranked 7th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 1 review. Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is rated 7.0, while NGINX Plus is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft Azure Application Gateway writes "Needs better security and functionality, and requires more intelligence to make it competitive". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NGINX Plus writes "A reliable solution for load balancing, cluster production and more". Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is most compared with Azure Front Door, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), AWS WAF, F5 Advanced WAF and Imperva Web Application Firewall, whereas NGINX Plus is most compared with IIS, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Kemp LoadMaster, HAProxy and IBM DataPower Gateway.

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