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Every company managing an Azure environment knows that the Virtual Private Network (VPN) between their on-premises environment and the public cloud is crucial to guarantee services availability and performance. Microsoft just announced they are improving significantly their Azure VPN, the now called VPN gateways will have stricter SLA, enhanced security and up to a 6x faster performance.
With a recent survey saying that Microsoft Azure is the preferred cloud provider in the Enterprise space, empowers the fact that customers are relying more and more on Microsoft to support their mission critical workloads and services. Without a reliable VPN service, those workloads could be compromised. The new VPN gateways developed by Microsoft, named VpnGw1, VpnGw2, and VpnGw3, intend to guarantee security and performance between the on-prem and cloud environments.
Regarding the performance improvements, the new generation of Azure VPN Gateways provides single tunnel performance of up to 1 Gbps and aggregate up to 1.25 Gbps with multiple tunnels improving access to VNets either from your premises or for cross-region VNet-to-VNet connectivity.
Offering the same price as the old VPN, besides the fact that is 6x faster, the other important improvements in this updated feature are:
The 99.9% SLA, for the Basic VPN, allows a service downtime of 43 minutes per month.
The 99.95% SLA for the new VPN gateways, allows a service downtime of 21 minutes per month.
Even more, with the new VPN gateways in place, Microsoft highly recommends not using Basic VPN for production environments.
Here’s a table summarizing for each VPN type, the expected performance, SLA, and costs:
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