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Add static IP address for outbound traffic without the use of App Service Environment

There are many reasons you may want to have a static IP address for outbound connections. For example, you may be accessing a system which requires you to whitelist IP address in a firewall, such as SQL Database or an external service.

Currently, the only way to get a static IP address for outbound connections is to use App Service Environment. App Service Environments are quite complex, and has a very high price tag. You need at least 4 instances, 2 of which must be P2, meaning you'll pay at least 1000 EUR/month. Paying 1000 EUR/month just because you want a static IP address is obviously ridiculous.

I'm looking forward to being able to use a static IP address without an App Service Environment.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        On way of solving this that we have looked into is to setup a forward proxy on it's own VNET with a load balancer and attach an outbound static ip address to the VNET. The load balancer should manage outbound connections too. You then setup a point-to-site vpn between your app services and your VNET and route the traffic from your app instances through your forward proxy which will route the traffic to where ever you like. We haven't tried this out yet, but we will tell you more once it is up and running.

      • KachenAr commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I need this feature. Because I need to connect to IP filtered Government web service.

        As lease I need static possible outbound IP for 2-3 IP address.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We really need this for basic security. My personal use case doesn't need a static external IP, but we use a SQL Azure database and not being able to limit the SQL Azure firewall to just our app service is a terrible limitation - instead we have to open SQL Azure to "All of azure". So a static external IP may be a solution to this, but any solution that allows me to put the Web App on a VNET for internal traffic would also work, Basic security..

      • DubStep commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Wouldn't using a VM instead of an app service accomplish this? More expensive than a app service sure, but not more than a ASE, which is tailored towards multiple apps rather than a single one, hence the price tag. Also off the top of my head, setting up a site to site VPN connection then giving your app service access to that vnet would also be a way to accomplish this in my mind. Also extra cost, but probably better than whitelisting an internet IP address to have access to your SQL server IMO.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Currently we are on cloud services due to this limitation and we cannot justify 4-6x the cost to move to ASE. This is preventing us from fully engaging with a CSP account.

      • Shane Milton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I too am looking for this to be implemented for all of the same reasons! In our case, we want to have web apps, webjobs, and functions, all of which need static IP addresses. In fact, we just had one of our async processes go down because a third-party dependency *ADDED* the need for whitelisted IPs. I've temporarily had them whitelist the dynamic IPs our App Service has registered, but it's a 48-72-hour whitelisting process so every time these IPs change, we'll have 2-3 days of downtime unless we rewrite these "Serverless" functions to actually run in a VM or something, which is dumb.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi,
        Do you have any update on supporting static outbound ip for apps? We also have a vendor who needs to white list our ip. And using VM for the purpose seems to be self defeating.

      • Andreas Paulsson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree as well, we have a large app that will be deployed to a number of App Services but a few external dependencies (web services) that wants whitelist our outgoing IP in their firewall.

        Is it possible to solve this (until we get a real solution) using a VM with IIS rewriting and/or ARR (Application Request Routing) that has a fixed outgoing fixed IP that we can route out traffic through? It is absolutely not ideal but it is far cheaper than an ASE.

      • Olivier B commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        hi, it's also a very important feature for us.
        Not only the ASE costs a lot, but its does not answer all security filtering requirements,.
        With an ASE in VNET, one must allow all webapp to connect to all DB (= any webapp to any DB), as you cannot identify each ASE webapp by it's IP individually (the ILB does not solve the issue, as the ILB would still need access to all DB for all WebApps)

      • cto commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like to migrate our asp.net ecommerce sites to Azure, but we use payment gateways that require whitelisted IP addresses. The absence of this feature prevents me from using Azure hosting.

      • AdminAzure App Service Team (Admin, Microsoft Azure) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi all,

        Thanks for all the comments. We still don't have a solution here other than ASE right now, but we have this on the feature request list and we will look on ways to accommodate in the future. We will update the item once there is more information to share.

        Thanks,
        Oded

      • Simon Michaud commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Not being able to have static Outbound IP is a blocker. To use App Services in our case it would mean x4 the cost (plus complexity of setting it up), so we must use VMs / VM ScaletSets instead. Please consider a more cost effective-solution, ASE is not a viable option for most.

      • Helio commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Spending $15k to $20K that an ASE cost can't be Microsoft's answer to a simple request, that at the same time is quite necessary for too many scenarios! Microsoft should seriously reconsider this.

      • Marat Gallyamov commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        One solution may be to use Cloud Service (classic) with combination with Reserved_IP. The cost will be the same as App Service. But many features of App Service will not be supported.

      • Uri Goldstein commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Thank you, Christina, for reviewing this and for you reply. Please consider that while the App Service Environment feature does allow outbound static IP addresses, the issue raised here is that the feature is prohibitively expensive. The request is for a reasonably priced feature.

      • Dean commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'd also like to see this feature added. I'm currently looking at sending requests from our web app through a third party proxy service just to get our outbound traffic coming from a dedicated ip address that I can have whitelisted at the vendors we communicate with.

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