Azure Firewall is a Cloud-native Firewall as a Service offering that enables customers to centrally govern and log all their traffic flows using a DevOps approach. The service supports both application and network-level filtering rules and is integrated with the Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence feed to filter known malicious IP addresses and domains. Azure Firewall is highly available with built-in auto-scaling.
To continuously provide new troubleshooting capabilities in Azure Firewall, we have recently announced New flow logs and latency metrics. We are now happy to announce the general availability of Azure Firewall Structured Logs which provides an enhanced logging experience for firewall events. In the blog post referenced below, we explore what structured logs are and how they can benefit your organization.
We're excited to see Azure Firewall's growing popularity and the positive feedback we are getting from the market. That's why we're pleased to announce that Azure firewall Standard and Premium now support an easy upgrade and downgrade operation, which is now generally available.
Why should you upgrade your Firewall Standard? Because Azure Firewall Premium has several additional features compared to Azure Firewall Standard. Some of these features include URL filtering, intrusion detection and prevention, TLS inspection and more comprehensive threat intelligence capabilities. This makes Azure Firewall Premium SKU more suitable for organizations with more complex network architectures, regulatory compliance and security requirements.