Virtual Networking

While most Azure resources and services can be assigned publicly accessible network addresses, multiple services exist to provide customers with secure or dedicated connections to Azure, or to use connectivity through the Microsoft network to connect an organization's branch offices.

Azure provides services to filter and monitor network traffic, including firewalls, protection against denial-of-service attacks, and management tools to centralize administration of network security.

Roadmap for network load balancing and analysis in Azure

Azure Space is a set of offerings and initiatives that apply Azure technologies to public and private sector space-related scenarios, such as collecting and analyzing satellite data.

Azure Firewall Manager, a hosted service to centralize management of cloud-based firewall solutions, is now generally available.

Metaswitch Networks has been acquired to expand Azure offerings for network operators.

Azure Bastion, now generally available, provides secure access to a customer’s VMs without requiring those VMs to be connected to the Internet.

Illustration provides an overview of Azure Bastion architecture.

Azure Bastion, a new service in preview, offers a secured access point for customers to remotely access Azure VMs without exposing VMs to the Internet.

Azure Traffic Analytics, now generally available, provides reports and visualization on data flow and activity in Azure virtual networks, including network hosts and application protocols