Cloudflare introduces a Magic Firewall from the cloud as part of its One-Package. This includes network services fully managed by the provider. As with other cloud services, Cloudflare promises that customers can concentrate on the really important aspects of operation and no longer have to worry about maintenance under the hood.
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The new firewall is – true to the zero trust principle – designed not to trust any system. There is no classic perimeter to defend, instead administrators have to configure the identities of the users and their access rights in detail and keep an eye on them.
As a cloud service, there is no longer a need for a firewall appliance in your own data center: Rather, customers should use a single firewall anywhere in the world without having to manage the devices themselves. Your own networks, systems and applications can be linked to the firewall using various one-way connections.
Furthermore, system administrators should no longer have to worry about capacity during operation, as the scaling takes place automatically in the background. Maintenance work such as installing updates and security settings is no longer necessary for her, she also takes over from Cloudflare.
In addition, Cloudflare has started the associated Oahu program. With the migration service, users should move the guidelines of their existing firewall systems to the provider’s cloud. Details on this and the functions of the Magic Firewall itself can be found in the announcement from Cloudflare.
Thought for a long time
Earlier this year, Cloudflare also rolled out Magic WAN as part of One. This is intended to replace the classic VPN as a cloud replacement. This is where the Magic Firewall saw the light of day, but was only intended as a beta for testers. One himself started Cloudflare at the end of 2020 – and even then the Magic Firewall was envisaged as a central part of the package.