Azure Load Balancer vs App Gateway vs Traffic Manager

Load Balancer

App Gateway

Traffic Manager


Network load balancer.

Web traffic load balancer.

DNS-based traffic load balancer.

Network Protocols

Layer 4 (TCP or UDP)

Layer 7 (HTTP/HTTPS)

Layer 7 (DNS)


Internal and public load balancer

SSL/TLS termination and cookie-based session affinity

Traffic-routing methods, Traffic manager profile, endpoint monitoring options


Source/Destination (IP & Port), and Protocol

URI path or Host headers

Offers various routing methods such as: Priority, Weighted, Performance, Geographic, Multivalue and Subnet


Integrate Azure Firewall with Standard LB.

Web Application Firewall

Use locks to protect your traffic manager profile.



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