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Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway is #9 ranked solution in top Enterprise Infrastructure VPN tools. PeerSpot users give Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway an average rating of 7.2 out of 10. Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway is most commonly compared to OpenVPN Access Server: Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway vs OpenVPN Access Server. Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 57% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 24% of all views.
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What is Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway?

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.

Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway was previously known as MS Azure VPN Gateway.

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What users are saying about Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway pricing:
  • "Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway is the cheapest way for us to connect to our cloud infrastructure. Other solutions, such as ExpressRoute are very expensive."
  • "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."
  • "The cost could be lower."
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    Principal Cloud Architect at a wholesaler/distributor with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Difficult to install, not universally usable, and the stability could be improved, but it works
    Pros and Cons
    • "The interoperability with various firewall and access gateway vendors is one of this solution's most valuable features"
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway is used to connect our data center to our cloud deployments, or at least some of them.

    What is most valuable?

    API Management, Stream Analytics, and Azure Analytics are tools in the toolkit that help to make Azure more transparent. I mostly work with virtual machines, enterprise applications, and Azure DevOps.

    VPN Gateway, among many others we use. We deploy our own enterprise apps, of course, we use them.

    The interoperability with various firewall and access gateway vendors is one of this solution's most valuable features.

    What needs improvement?

    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 give the deployment process a three and a half out of five.

    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. 

    This is a traditional firewall or network gateway administration that has been removed from the Azure VPN and Gateway functionality, which should just put it back where it belongs, because as it is now if you have three networks, three different networks on either side of Azure, you have to configure one gateway per network.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    As a principal cloud architect, I am working with Azure.

    We first deployed Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway in July 2019. We have been working with it for three years.

    We are working with the most current version.

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    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability of the Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway could be improved.

    It could be better than it is right now.

    I have been using open-source VPN appliances for the same purpose and they have fared quite a bit better than the Azure solution.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I'm not sure how many people are using this solution in our organization, because we don't keep track of individual users accessing our Azure cloud infrastructure. It is used as an extension to our data center in this case. I'm not sure if every user on our network is using it, or if they are not.

    It's similar to a cable. You have no idea how many people send traffic over a cable.

    We have no plans to increase our usage in the future.

    How are customer service and support?

    There is technical support available, but the response time could be improved.

    If one is the worst and five is the best, I would rate the technical support a three out of five.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    Previously, we did not use another solution.

    How was the initial setup?

    The deployment is not straightforward. It is a lot more complicated than you would expect it to be.

    Because of the communication with the service provider, they needed to get their firewall management in order. The deployment took four hours over two days.

    It is overly complicated, in my opinion. The networking restrictions make it difficult to use it for everything in Azure. You can only have one gateway active at a time, which is an annoyance.

    What about the implementation team?

    For our firewall and VPN gateway infrastructure, we use a managed service provider. I installed the Azure component myself and had the service provider install the component on our firewalls.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    I am not aware of the licensing fees.

    What other advice do I have?

    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 universally usable, contrary to what they claim on the website.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Microsoft Azure
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    Sasan Ganjali - PeerSpot reviewer
    Senior Microsoft Systems Expert at Behpardaz Hamrah Samaneh Aval
    Real User
    Allows us to connect regions for our virtual machines, but setup could be simpler

    What is our primary use case?

    We have some regions for our virtual machines. Instead of using the tiering in some regions, we are using the VPN gateways to connect these things. We can have an express gateway between that and one of the regions that we are using our virtual machines.

    There are 10 to 15 people using this solution in my organization.

    The solution is cloud-based. We're using the latest version.

    What is most valuable?

    The performance is good.

    What needs improvement?

    The stability could be improved. The setup is a little bit complex. In the next release, I would like to see a new setup process.

    I would like the solution to be more simple. If it were simple, we could remove other solutions, like tiering, and move to VPN for all of our requirements. VPN is much better to use because tiering is non-reciprocal, so we have to make a connection between the two endpoints.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for more than six months.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    We had some issues with the stability. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It's easy to scale out the virtual machines. There are scale sets.

    How was the initial setup?

    The setup isn't difficult, but sometimes it's complicated to bridge between the connection and the end points that you want to connect. We have VPN gateways. Sometimes it's better to use the tiering because it's more simple than VPN gateways.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The price is good. I would rate it five out of five.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We also evaluated AWS. It's a more straightforward solution and the networking is better, but the price policy in Azure is much better. 

    AWS has more pricing policies, but Azure provides them freely.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate this solution six out of ten.

    I would recommend this solution to another user.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    Carlos-Herrera - PeerSpot reviewer
    Executive Director at Consulting and Enterprise Integrations S.A. de C.V.
    Real User
    Top 5
    User-friendly, easy to deploy, and very stable
    Pros and Cons
    • "It works perfectly for me. It is very user-friendly in terms of the configuration and the setup process."
    • "Their technical support could be better. If you don't have a support contract, it takes longer."

    What is our primary use case?

    We have servers in Azure, and we use it to connect the on-premises users to the cloud servers.

    It is a site-to-site VPN deployed on our premise.

    What is most valuable?

    I'm using the high availability of the VPN. We are using the VPN Gateway with two different internet service providers on-premises. We are using high availability so that in case one of the internet services fails, we can get Azure to assist using the other service.

    It works perfectly for me. It is very user-friendly in terms of the configuration and the setup process.

    What needs improvement?

    Their technical support could be better. If you don't have a support contract, it takes longer.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is very stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is easy to scale. We started with a basic plan, and we can move to another plan that has more bandwidth and more features. It is possible to do that.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    It depends. If you have a technical support contract with Microsoft, it is very easy. If you don't have it, it takes longer.

    How was the initial setup?

    It is easy to set up. The deployment process is very quick. It takes 20 to 30 minutes to set up a site-to-site VPN.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would definitely recommend this solution because it is very easy to deploy and very stable. It is very simple. It is only a VPN connection. It works for what it is made.

    I would rate Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway a 10 out of 10.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Solution consultant at Macroview Telecom Limited
    Consultant
    Top 20
    Straightforward initial setup, high performance, but lacking features
    Pros and Cons
    • "The most valuable feature of Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway is its performance. It is very fast."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    The solution can be deployed on the cloud and on-premise.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable feature of Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway is its performance. It is very fast.

    What needs improvement?

    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. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway for approximately three years.

    How are customer service and support?

    Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway has good support.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I have used ExpressRoute previously.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup of Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway is straightforward. It only involves a few mouse clicks to complete. I only need to subscript and I can terminate it whenever I want.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway is the cheapest way for us to connect to our cloud infrastructure. Other solutions, such as ExpressRoute are very expensive.

    When we want to build a traditional firewall on the Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway, we have costs on the firewall license and the infrastructure machine costs on the Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway.

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway a six out of ten.

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    Cloud solution architect at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    A good and scalable solution but requires some knowledge during setup

    What is our primary use case?

    We use this solution for site-to-site and on our eCommerce channels.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been using this solution for about three years. It is deployed on Microsoft Cloud.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    VPN gateway works based on how you stabilize and work with it. It isn't stabilized on the first day, and you need to set up the channels properly and understand what bandwidths you're using.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is scalable and depends on your chosen network bandwidth and the payments made.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We used Novell and Netware in the past before switching to Microsoft. Novell was great because it was more secure. The Novell network is the foundation of every network system that has ever been created. Microsoft solutions are also best on Novell NDS, and active domain services or domain directories have been traded from the Novell directory system.

    How was the initial setup?

    The setup is easy if you understand the solution and difficult if you don't. We have a support team that assists us with setup.

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate this solution an eight out of ten. Regarding advice to others, it is essential to understand your needs before using the solution.

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    SriniDhanaraj - PeerSpot reviewer
    Head of Data at Gauri Ltd
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Simple to use and scalable

    What is our primary use case?

    I am using Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway to connect to my client. We use it to securely connect to other systems.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway for more than three years.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    All of our offices are using Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway. The solution is scalable.

    How are customer service and support?

    We have a Microsoft partner that gives us support for the solution.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I did not use other solutions previously.

    How was the initial setup?

    Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway is already configured on my laptop, I only need to double click a button, enter my login information, and it connects.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    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.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would recommend this solution to others.

    I rate Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway a nine out of ten.

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    ERP Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Simple and functional VPN with the ability to connect from anywhere

    What is most valuable?

    The best feature is the ability to connect from anywhere.

    What needs improvement?

    The cost could be lower. In the next release, Microsoft should add an option to schedule upgrades.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been working with this solution for nearly six years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Azure VPN Gateway is stable.

    What other advice do I have?

    Azure VPN Gateway is a simple VPN, and it works. I would rate it as eight out of ten.

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