Azure Firewall Room for Improvement

Vladimir Jirasek
Founder & CEO at Foresight Cyber Ltd

Currently, it only supports IP addresses, so you have to be specific about the IPs that are in your environment. They could add specific instance names, such as an instance ID to be specified or a resource group.

Tagging is supported but not on the instances, which is something that could be improved.

The selection of the internal resources into the ruleset could be improved.

Support for layer-seven application filtering should be added because it is not there yet, at all.

It is capable of filtering on the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) but it cannot do the more advanced features that Palo Alto or FortiGate can do, where you can grant or limit access to Facebook but you don't need to specify the domain name because it knows about Facebook as an application. You should be able to simply say "Allow Facebook", but also have it block Facebook Chat, for example. Having control over those specific application protocols within the traffic would be an improvement.

The documentation from Microsoft could be slightly improved, although it could be related to the fact that the product is quickly changing. It may be a case that the documentation updates are of a lower priority than the product itself.

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Owner at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The interface could be improved, it's not very user friendly. They are now trying to compete with a new Chinese domestic public cloud provider which has more features. It's difficult to find the ports on the current interface, but it's easier with this new provider. 

We're looking to provide a better routing, or something like an SD-WAN solution that can improve the user experience. I think that's something Azure can do as an additional feature. There are five Azure clouds: Two belong to the US government and one is worldwide. Then there is Germany Azure and China Azure. China Azure is barely able to communicate with the rest of the world, and that connectivity issue needs to be looked at in detail and a solution found.

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Christian Cutajar
Head of IT at NetRefer

The solution doesn't offer the same capabilities of Fortinet. It should offer intrusion prevention and advance filtering. These are two very useful features offered on Fortinet that Azure lacks.

There's already a web application firewall for detection, however, it isn't as useful as it could be. They should work to improve it.

In terms of prevention, I don't think it's any better than just a regular firewall. They need to add more security features to make it more powerful and more secure.

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Cloud Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees

The solution isn't missing features per se.

Azure should be able to work better as a balancer also, instead of just being a firewall. It should have a wider mandate.

There should be more use cases, specifically use cases for domains for, for example, healthcare and specific use cases for web applications.

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Technical Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

It would be nice to be able to create groupings for servers and offer groups of IP addresses.

I would, also, like to see the manager built into the solution more, such as concerns Azure Firewall Manager. 

I would also like to see some of the items that come with the preview version for the next version with IDS be addressed, as well as the ability to categorize websites, which is done with external traffic.

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Manager - Network & Security at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

This solution is not mature when it comes to handling perimeter traffic like internet browsing. It is lacking in some of the security features. Palo Alto and Fortinet are better for this.

In the next release, I would like to see the inclusion of more next-generation firewall features.

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Mina Aziz
Senior System Engineer at Effvision

They can improve the pricing of Azure Firewall. 

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IT Senior Architect, Infrastructure and Cloud Solutions at a government with 501-1,000 employees

In a future release, it could be empowered by combining with Azure Private DNS and Front Door.

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Shashi Pendyala
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The threat intelligence part could be better. I don't see why our customers have to get an additional solution with Azure Firewall. It would be great if they made it on par with Palo Alto.

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Emmanuel Auffray
Enterprise Solution Architect at Theta

There are a number of things that need to be simplified, but it's mostly costs. It needs to be simplified because it's pretty expensive.

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Consultant at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I think that their customer support could be improved with a faster response time. 

I think the product could be made more customizable, I'd like to see that in the next release.

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