Azure Firewall vs. F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Azure Firewall
Score 7.3 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft's Azure Firewall is a managed cloud-based network security service that protects Azure Virtual Network resources.
$0.02
Per GB Processed
F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
F5 Networks offers the F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager, a firewall software combining a number of features including DDoS, DNS security, and other protections.N/A
Pricing
Azure FirewallF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Editions & Modules
Data Processing
$.016
Per GB Processed
Deployment
$1.25
Per Deployment Hour
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Azure FirewallF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Azure FirewallF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Top Pros
Top Cons

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Features
Azure FirewallF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Firewall
Comparison of Firewall features of Product A and Product B
Azure Firewall
8.0
1 Ratings
6% below category average
F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
8.6
2 Ratings
1% above category average
Identification Technologies8.01 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Visualization Tools7.01 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Content Inspection7.01 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Policy-based Controls9.01 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Active Directory and LDAP8.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Firewall Management Console9.01 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Reporting and Logging7.01 Ratings8.02 Ratings
VPN8.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
High Availability9.01 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Stateful Inspection8.01 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Proxy Server00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
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Medium-sized Companies
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Enterprises
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Score 9.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Azure FirewallF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(1 ratings)
8.3
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Azure FirewallF5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
Azure Firewall is well suited for most mid sized and large sized companies that deal with thousands of users within multiple environments. Azure Firewall allows you to protect business assets by preventing malicious attacks from entering the network. Azure Firewall would be less suited for a small company that does not use a vpn or have users outside of the office as something smaller would be more appropriate.
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F5
We were able to eliminate a firewall from our network architecture by integrating the module into our existing F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM). This allowed us to save on tech refresh costs, since the F5 was able to handle the module without much additional strain on the device. However, if a firewall had features that the AFM lacked, then using that firewall in tandem with an F5 would be preferable.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • Azure Fire wall is easy to use
  • Azure fire wall is easy to set up
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F5
  • Load balancing using pools
  • SSL offloading
  • iRules for threat handling
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Cons
Microsoft
  • Azure Fire wall pricing may not always be competitive
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F5
  • If unsure, can be overly cautious.
  • There are few changes the end user can make.
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Support Rating
Microsoft
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F5
F5 Advanced Firewall Manager has been a solid, strong solution to both keep our systems safe and being seamless for our end users. Most of the time, the end-user is not impacted and does not even know F5 Advanced Firewall Manager is running which is exactly what we are looking for.
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Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
Azure Firewall is a very competitive product that exceeds or meets the competitions offerings and is able to effectively manage a company network and securely lock down the domain environment with seamless integration and easy to use tools while offering great support assistance. We selected Azure Firewall because the customer service that comes with the product is second to none and allows us to keep maximum uptime to protect our assets.
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F5
Both F5 [BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager] and Radware require training as they are not easy to use. But Radware uses some configuration that needs deep learning and proper labs. From an admin's perspective, Configuration and management for F5 [BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager are] less. Also, the cost of implementing F5 [BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager] is lesser than that of Radware Alteon.
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • Azure Firewall decreased our overhead by over 7%
  • Azure fire wall has increased efficiency within the security department
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F5
  • When we had to decide on whether to buy different hardware our team were all in support of renewal for F5 [BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager]
  • F5 [BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager] requires proper training on tools and clear concepts of packets, headers, and content to create WAF policies
  • Overall, we are satisfied by the ROI provided by our F5 AFM and GTMs
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