Azure will now protect SMBs from DDoS attacks

Microsoft has announced (opens in a new tab) that a new SKU for its cloud computing platform, Azure’s DDoS protection offering, which it says is designed specifically for SMBs, is now available in public preview.

Dubbed “IP Protection,” the latest SKU is designed to defend against L3/L4 DDoS attacks through “always-on monitoring and adaptive tuning.”

According to Microsoft, IP Protection integrates with other Azure services such as Azure Firewall Manager, Microsoft Sentinel, and Microsoft Defender for Cloud to provide real-time alerts and metrics to enable single public IP protection.

New Azure DDoS SKU

The prices will be vary by region (opens in a new tab)but IP Protection will be significantly cheaper than Microsoft’s enterprise-focused “Network Protection” tier if you have less than 15 public IP resources to protect.

For users in the Midwest, IP protection is set to cost around $199 / £172 per month per protected public IP resource.

By contrast, businesses will have to pay a staggering $2,944/£2,542 per month for every DDoS protection plan they sign up for, a potential hurdle in reducing cloud costs.

IP Protection is currently available for preview in select regions of the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific, including West and Central India.

You can check the new solution by going to the Azure preview portal (opens in a new tab)while Microsoft claims that the mainline launch of the Azure portal will not be delayed too long.

The news comes as DDoS attacks, in which would-be hackers seek to flood the target machine’s website with countless superfluous requests in an attempt to overload it, making it inaccessible to users, remain enormously common.

TechRadar Pro previously reported in October that according to StormWall research, there has been a 90% increase in DDoS attacks since Q3 2021.

Of all the sectors analyzed, telecommunications was by far the most affected, accounting for almost 43.2% of all incidents, a year-on-year increase of seven times.