Microsoft has announced the general availability of Virtual Network Service Endpoints and Firewall rules for both Azure Event Hubs and Azure Service Bus.
Virtual Network (VNet) Service Endpoints is a service that helps enterprises to extend their virtual network private address space and identity of VNet to Azure. All the traffic from the virtual network of users remains on the Microsoft Azure network.
Since July this year, this capability for Azure Event Hubs and Azure Service Bus was available in public preview. The Events Hubs is a managed service for real-time data ingestion. It can stream numerous of events per second for building dynamic data pipelines and quickly responding to business challenges.
Whereas, Azure Service Bus is a cloud messaging-as-a-service (MaaS) used to develop cloud messaging service between applications and services.
With the availability of Endpoints for these services, “the traffic from your virtual network to your Azure Service Bus Premium namespaces and Standard and Dedicated Azure Event Hubs namespaces can be kept secure from public Internet access and completely private on the Azure backbone network,” wrote Ashish Chhabria, Program Manager II, Azure Messaging, in a blog post.
This capability will especially be helpful for customers who handle personally identifiable services (PII), like financial services, insurance.
Microsoft said that the enterprises who need to secure the access to their cloud visible resources will get the most benefit from this feature.
Further, the availability of firewall rules will allow only a specific IP address or a specified range of IP addresses to access the resources.
Virtual Network Service Endpoints and Firewall rules are now supported for Premium tier of Azure Service Bus, and Standard and Dedicated tier of Azure Event Hubs.