Zscaler has announced the availability of their platform, Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) for Microsoft Azure. Zscaler’s ZPA platform runs on the Azure Cloud to provide direct access to Azure applications, while eliminating the cost, complexity, and poor user experience of on-premises de-militarised zones (DMZ), which typically consist of multiple appliances, including firewalls, IPS, DDoS, load balancers, and VPN concentrators.
Zscaler’s ZPA platform also integrates with Azure Active Directory (AD) for authentication and policy management, and leverages its new features such as conditional access.
“While enterprises are moving applications to Azure, the access to these applications is still being done using traditional hub-and-spoke networks, which worked fine when applications were in the on-premises data centre. Designed for the world of cloud and mobility, ZPA provides local internet breakouts for fast and secure access to Azure applications without backhauling traffic through the DMZ,” said Punit Minocha, senior vice president of business and corporate development for Zscaler.
Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president, Microsoft Azure Networking, Microsoft Corp, added, “Zscaler helps to simplify the enterprise journey to Microsoft Azure for both public and hybrid environments, and we’re excited to see them choose Azure to build out their access technologies. Zscaler Private Access gives users the choice and the benefit of secure connectivity for any authorised user to business applications over any internet connection and remote access points as if it were a SaaS application.”