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Discover Datawiza Access Proxy: A Flexible and Cloud-Agnostic Alternative to Azure EasyAuth

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Introduction

As a certified Microsoft partner, our commitment to working closely with Microsoft enables us to provide the best solutions tailored to our customers’ needs. While Azure EasyAuth is an effective choice for securing web applications and APIs within the Azure ecosystem, its limitation to Azure environments may not suit every organization’s requirements. In this blog, we introduce the Datawiza Access Proxy (DAP) as a flexible, powerful, and cloud-agnostic alternative capable of being deployed across multiple cloud providers and on-premises environments.

Meet Datawiza Access Proxy

Datawiza Access Proxy is a Zero Trust-based access management solution designed to simplify the process of securing applications, APIs, and microservices. Its deployment versatility spans public and private clouds, as well as on-premises data centers, offering a more adaptable and flexible option compared to Azure’s EasyAuth.

Datawiza Access Proxy is a reverse-proxy that can be deployed in front of your applications (as depicted in the architecture diagram below). 

It handles several critical tasks for your app:

  • Authenticates users with specified identity providers
  • Authorizes user access based on predefined policies
  • Manages user sessions
  • Injects identity information into HTTP request headers
  • Validates, stores, and refreshes OIDC tokens issued by configured identity providers

Key Benefits of Datawiza Access Proxy

  1. Deployment Flexibility: Unlike EasyAuth, DAP is not limited to the Azure ecosystem. It offers deployment across multiple cloud platforms and on-premises environments, enabling organizations to secure their applications regardless of their infrastructure preferences.
  2. Extensive Identity Provider Support: DAP seamlessly integrates with popular identity providers, including Azure Active Directory, Google, Okta, and more. This compatibility allows organizations to leverage their existing identity infrastructure without additional configuration or migration efforts.
  3. Robust Zero Trust Security: DAP employs a Zero Trust approach, implementing stringent access controls based on user identity, device, and context. This security model offers more comprehensive and granular protection compared to traditional perimeter-based security solutions.
  4. Scalability and Performance: Engineered to handle high traffic loads, Datawiza Access Proxy can scale horizontally to accommodate increased demand. This scalability ensures your applications remain secure and performant, even during periods of high traffic.
  5. Centralized Management and Visibility: DAP’s centralized management console allows administrators to effortlessly manage access policies, monitor security events, and analyze application usage patterns. This unified approach streamlines security management and helps organizations maintain a strong security posture.
  6. Compliance and Auditing: Datawiza Access Proxy aids compliance with industry-specific regulations and standards, such as GDPR, HIPAA, and PCI-DSS, by providing granular access controls, robust data protection, and extensive audit logs. This compliance support minimizes the risk of data breaches and assists organizations in maintaining a compliant security posture.
  7. Microservices and API Protection: Beyond securing web applications, DAP is also designed to protect microservices and APIs. Its advanced features, including API key management, rate limiting, and authentication token validation, safeguard your APIs and microservices from unauthorized access and potential attacks.
  8. Customizable Security Policies: Datawiza Access Proxy enables you to create and tailor access policies to your organization’s unique needs. These policies can be defined based on user roles, attributes, and context, allowing for a highly configurable access control system that adapts to your specific security requirements.

Conclusion

While Azure EasyAuth excels for apps within the Azure ecosystem, Datawiza Access Proxy presents a flexible, scalable, and cloud-agnostic alternative. By supporting multi-cloud and on-premises deployments, offering robust security features, and catering to diverse organizational requirements, DAP delivers a comprehensive access management solution. To explore how Datawiza Access Proxy can benefit your organization, contact our team today.