Combining Azure Traffic Manager, CloudFlare & Azure App Service for Geographic Scale!


For today’s post, let’s take a look at an architecture example where you want to provide a geographic deployment of your webapp by using a cloudbased WAF (like Cloudflare, or Akamai, …).


High Level Setup

So what will we be setting up & testing today?

The user will receive a url that is powered by “Azure Traffic Manager”. That will have three endpoints ; one in Europe, one in the US and one in Asia. These endpoints will be powered Cloudflare and back by an Azure Webapp.  You’re question will probably be ; “Why use that sequence?” Because the Traffic Manager is DNS based and will do a “basic” HTTP check. If you would setup the Traffic Manager behind Cloudflare/Akamai/…, then you would see the source IPs of that service. Thus you would be unable to route the clients to the nearest location.


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