Microsoft has released a new upgrade/downgrade experience for Azure Firewall. The feature allows customers to switch between the Azure Firewall Standard and Premium offers with a single click.
Azure Firewall is a cloud-native security solution for Azure environments. It enables customers to protect their network resources and applications against unauthorized access and security threats. Azure Firewall supports network security, intrusion detection and prevention system, application fallback, and outbound source network address translation. The service also provides integration with Azure Monitor to support logging and analytics capabilities.
Microsoft offers three Azure Firewall SKUs: Basic, Standard, and Premium. Azure Firewall Basic is designed for small and medium-sized businesses. The Standard offering is ideal for customers with up to 30Gbps of throughput requirement. Azure Firewall Premium helps organizations protect highly sensitive apps with TLS inspection, intrusion detection and prevention, URL filtering, and other security features.
“The feature simplifies the upgrade/downgrade process by automating the entire process. It automatically upgrades all Azure firewall instances, one after the other. It also ensures that the upgrade process does not impact your network traffic, ensuring business continuity. It allows you to automatically upgrade your standard policy to a premium so it will match your upgraded Premium SKU,” Microsoft explained.
Microsoft explained that the new upgrade/downgrade feature is easily accessible through the Azure portal or via PowerShell, and Terraform. It lets customers quickly upgrade their firewall and policy to a Premium SKU. Other capabilities include improved security features and time-saving capabilities.
To get started with the new upgrade and downgrade experience, IT admins will need to follow the steps listed below:
Overall, Microsoft’s new feature should reduce the time and effort required for upgrades and downgrades in enterprise environments. Last week, Azure Firewall also added a new structured logs feature to make it easier to find and analyze log data. This capability helps IT Pros to troubleshoot network issues and detect security threats.