Microsoft Azure Application Gateway vs NGINX Plus comparison

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We performed a comparison between Microsoft Azure Application Gateway and NGINX Plus based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"It does an excellent job of load balancing.""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 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 solution has built-in rules that reduce alerts and are easy to configure.""The solution provides great automation and it is easy to upgrade service.""Some of the key features of this solution are the low-level maintenance required, floating proxy service, and load balancing.""The most valuable feature of the solution is traffic management."

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"Supports IMAP, POP and SMTP protocols for the reverse proxy.""This solution has everything.""The web proxy and the database proxy are excellent.""NGINX Plus also has NGINX App Protect. It's a separate module, which is inspired by the F5 apps.""I find the solution’s community support and documentation most valuable. Compared to HAProxy, have found a lot of documentation and community support on Quora. If you would be asking me as a developer whether to choose this product, I would recommend this since it has good community support, documentation, and signature updates. The configuration of HAProxy is also very tedious. However, NGINX’s configuration is very simple.""The most valuable features are the gateway and the ability to publish to sites.""The load balancing module, which is equivalent to LTM, is the focus of the PSE. So far, the features of both are identical. I believe NGINX has more features for securing these services, but in terms of load balancing, both are massive solutions.""NGINX Plus' most valuable feature is the ingress controller."

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"In the next release, the solution could improve the integration with Service Mesh and other Azure Security Services.""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.""One of the challenges we faced was the solution does not support any other PCP protocols apart from HTTP and HTTPS.""It could be easier to change servicing.""The solution could improve by increasing the performance when doing updates. For example, if I change the certificate it can take 30 minutes. Other vendors do not have this type of problem.""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.""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."

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"The center management system could be improved.""The KPI should be more focused on load balancing and the latency in application calling from the end system.""It would be great if there was even more automation to make it even easier to maintain.""I would like to see the Grafana integration in NGINX which is already present in HAProxy. Grafana integration will help the solution visualize all the data analytics on the dashboard which is currently not present.""The scalability could be improved.""The drawback is that you must obtain a license for everything.""NGINX Plus is moderately priced, but it could give better value for money.""NGINX is a very basic load balancer and cannot do as many customizations as F5."

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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."
  • "The solution is reasonably priced compared to other solutions."
  • "The pricing is based on how much you use the solution."
  • "The solution is paid monthly. The solution is highly expensive."
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  • "You pay for each feature that you want."
  • "The list price of NGINX Plus is close to $5,500."
  • "It's an open source solution, so it's free."
  • "HAProxy is cheaper than NGINX."
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    Also Known As
    Azure Application Gateway, MS Azure Application Gateway
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    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,, Gogo, GOV.UK, NASA
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Transportation Company15%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Energy/Utilities Company25%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Media Company13%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Company Size
    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise5%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business60%
    Large Enterprise40%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Azure Application Gateway vs. NGINX Plus
    March 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Azure Application Gateway vs. NGINX Plus and other solutions. Updated: March 2023.
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    Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is ranked 2nd in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 9 reviews while NGINX Plus is ranked 4th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 8 reviews. Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is rated 6.8, while NGINX Plus is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Microsoft Azure Application Gateway writes "High stability with built-in rules that reduce alerts and are easy to configure". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NGINX Plus writes "Quick installation and very easy to manage while doing orchestration or automation". Microsoft Azure Application Gateway is most compared with Azure Front Door, AWS WAF, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), F5 Advanced WAF and Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, whereas NGINX Plus is most compared with IIS, HAProxy, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Kemp LoadMaster and Apache Web Server. See our Microsoft Azure Application Gateway vs. NGINX Plus report.

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