So around a year ago I gave my first impressions on Azure Firewall which had just been released as a preview. An update is long overdue on my part on how this service has evolved over the last year. Like everything in the cloud the pace of change is rapid, when I first wrote about the Azure Firewall I concluded it was a welcome addition but lacked some key features, well this is no longer the case.
Update… This article is out of date and no longer accurate, feel free to read it but then please see this post for updates on Azure Firewall one year on… Microsoft has released the first native Azure Firewall service to public preview. I’ve taken some time to spin one up and play with it and thought I’d share my initial thoughts. So what is Azure Firewall? Image Credit – Microsoft Firstly it is sold as a service, so you don’t have to spin up any infrastructure to host it, you don’t need to patch it, HA and scalability is baked into the service.