Networking trends such as SDWAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) can improve performance by using path selection polices at the branch offices to send Internet-bound traffic directly to the cloud eliminating the backhaul to select breakout points. This traffic can quickly reach Microsoft’s global backbone network with intelligent routing to provide the best network experience. However, having all branches directly accessing the Internet introduces new challenges such as managing branch connectivity and uniformly enforcing network and security polices at scale. Further complicating network policy management across all the branch offices is the trend of more employees working remotely with ever stricter security, privacy, and compliance requirements polices that vary by country/region.
Network security plays an important role in protecting users, data and applications. Cloud developers and IT teams struggle to stay ahead of security attacks. Cloud native network security solutions better fit the modern dev ops model of building and deploying applications while taking advantage of the economic and scale benefits of the cloud. Customers need turnkey solutions that are easy to deploy, use, and manage that offer high availability and automatically scale. To help customers with these massive modernization efforts, we are announcing Azure Virtual WAN to simplify large-scale branch connectivity, and Azure Firewall to enforce your network security polices while taking advantage of the scale and simplicity provided by the cloud.