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  • Writer's pictureMichael Tobin

Azure Application Gateway v2 Basic SKU - Preview

The new Application Gateway Basic SKU is a cost-effective and efficient solution tailored for small and medium-sized customers. It’s designed to cater to applications with lower traffic and SLA requirements.


The Basic SKU offers core application-level load balancing features such as URL-based, host-based and multi-site routing, along with cookie-based affinity. It also supports flexible backends, including Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Virtual Machine Scale Sets (VMSS), App Services, and on-premises deployment.


It has built-in high availability and supports HTTP2/HTTPS and WebSocket protocols. Customers can easily select the Basic SKU either directly from the Azure Portal or through CLI / PowerShell (once registered for the Preview). This makes it a good choice for smaller customers who don’t require advanced traffic management features but still want a reliable and affordable Application Load Balancer solution.


Here's the SKU comparison from Microsoft:

Pricing of the Basic SKU can be found below:


You can register for the preview via the Azure CLI with the code shown below:

Set-AzContext -Subscription "<your subscription ID>"
Get-AzProviderFeature -FeatureName AllowApplicationGatewayBasicSku -ProviderNamespace "Microsoft.Network"
Register-AzProviderFeature -FeatureName AllowApplicationGatewayBasicSku -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.Network

I can imagine this solution being perfect for customers with smaller App Gateway deployments who can migrate to it to save money on Azure costs.


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