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We performed a comparison between Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway and Pulse Connect Secure based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Enterprise Infrastructure VPN solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway vs. Pulse Connect Secure Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"All of our offices are using Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway. The solution is scalable.""The best feature is the ability to connect from anywhere.""The interoperability with various firewall and access gateway vendors is one of this solution's most valuable features""It works perfectly for me. It is very user-friendly in terms of the configuration and the setup process.""It is scalable and depends on your chosen network bandwidth.""The most valuable feature of Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway is its performance. It is very fast."

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"It's a very convenient and user-friendly application.""The flexibility in their management is great.""The most valuable feature of Pulse Connect Secure is its ease of use.""It is customer-friendly. It is quite easy for our users to connect. There is also the flexibility of the features.""Pulse Connect Secure is a stable solution.""The most valuable features of Pulse Connect Secure are multi-factor authentications, and VPNs and SSL VPNs we are using.""What I like the most about Pulse Connect Secure is that it's user-friendly. It's easy to use. You just need to connect, and that's it.""The best feature of Pulse Connect Secure is the good security it provides. It gives a secure connection to your network."

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Cons
"It isn't stabilized on the first day, and you need to set up the channels properly.""Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway could improve by providing IPS zero-day threat protection. For example, the IPS zero-day threat protection can monitor the user behavior to protect the infrastructure. The solution can only be used as a VPN, it is lacking features.""Their technical support could be better. If you don't have a support contract, it takes longer.""In the next release, Microsoft should add an option to schedule upgrades.""Make it completely routable, for example, if I have a gateway, I should be able to connect to whatever network I want on either side of the gateway, and the gateway should figure out which packet goes where."

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"The stability could be better. There are sometimes bugs in the system.""Pulse Connect Secure could improve by having better integration with NAC solutions, such as Cisco ClearPass integration with Pulse Connect Secure. Additionally, they need better integration with Microsoft Azure AD and Azure Authenticator.""Pulse Connect Secure could improve the reporting, it is lacking in detail and should take the report automatically.""The solution can be improved by addressing the failure to connect on public 2-step networks.""We want to switch to another solution because there are some challenges with the support from Pulse. The quality of documentation is also not good. It is sometimes very hard to find documentation that provides a solution and describes how all this works.""At the moment, Pulse Connect Secure is a pretty good solution, and I don't see any issues with it. Currently, I'm not aware of a new or additional feature that's needed in Pulse Connect Secure, but it would be good if the team could look at how the speed of connection could be increased. Though it's quite seamless and I didn't face any problem with the speed, it would be better to improve the speed and keep going forward, especially as the industry's changing and people would love connections to be a lot faster.""Connection-wise, Pulse Connect Secure could be faster, and this is its area for improvement.""I don't have any downsides to report about the product at this time."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "There is a monthly license and the price depends on how many users are using Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway. The price could be less expensive."
  • "Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway is the cheapest way for us to connect to our cloud infrastructure. Other solutions, such as ExpressRoute are very expensive."
  • "The cost could be lower."
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  • "The price of Pulse Connect Secure is expensive."
  • "A license is required for you to use Pulse Connect Secure, but I'm not aware of how much it costs."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The interoperability with various firewall and access gateway vendors is one of this solution's most valuable features
    Top Answer:In the past, reliability has not been great. Deployment has not been simple. Getting it to run is a difficult process. With one being the easiest experience and five being the most difficult, I would… more »
    Top Answer:My advice is to only use it if absolutely necessary. If you have the option, don't. I would rate Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway a four out of ten. It works, but it's not fun to use, and it's not… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Pulse Connect Secure is its ease of use.
    Top Answer:About the pricing for Pulse Connect Secure, I have no information on that because I don't pay for it as an employee, but there should be an agreement at the company level.
    Top Answer:Pulse Connect Secure could improve by having better integration with NAC solutions, such as Cisco ClearPass integration with Pulse Connect Secure. Additionally, they need better integration with… more »
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    MS Azure VPN Gateway
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    Overview

    A VPN gateway is a specific type of virtual network gateway that is used to send encrypted traffic between an Azure virtual network and an on-premises location over the public Internet. You can also use a VPN gateway to send encrypted traffic between Azure virtual networks over the Microsoft network. Each virtual network can have only one VPN gateway. However, you can create multiple connections to the same VPN gateway. When you create multiple connections to the same VPN gateway, all VPN tunnels share the available gateway bandwidth.

    The Pulse Connect Secure enables you to give employees, partners, and customers secure and controlled access to your corporate data and applications including file servers, Web servers, native messaging and e-mail clients, hosted servers, and more from outside your trusted network using just a Web browser.
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    Sample Customers
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    Axcient, Baloise Group, Cygate, Catholic University of America, Datec Inc, Revlon, Santa Monica Networks, 7-Eleven
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm43%
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government11%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise56%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    Small Business7%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise71%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway vs. Pulse Connect Secure
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway vs. Pulse Connect Secure and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    653,584 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway is ranked 10th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 7 reviews while Pulse Connect Secure is ranked 8th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 9 reviews. Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway is rated 7.2, while Pulse Connect Secure is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway writes "Difficult to install, not universally usable, and the stability could be improved, but it works". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pulse Connect Secure writes "Easy to set up with flexible management and good network resources". Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway is most compared with Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, OpenVPN Access Server, Fortinet FortiClient, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks and Check Point Remote Access VPN, whereas Pulse Connect Secure is most compared with OpenVPN Access Server, Fortinet FortiClient, Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, VMware Workspace ONE and Check Point Remote Access VPN. See our Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway vs. Pulse Connect Secure report.

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