Disabling UFW in favour of DO Cloud Firewall ?

What are the pros and cons of using the Digital Ocean cloud firewall over something like UFW ? Should both be used at the same time or will that be redundant ?

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UFW is a host-based tool, while DO’s Cloud Firewall is a network-based one… Using DO’s tool will not only provide reusability of rules (deploy inbound / outbound rules to many droplets - or even tags - at once) but also processes them before even getting to the droplet. Don’t get me wrong, UFW is an amazing, full-feature and extremely efficient tool, however when it comes to deploying shared common rules to lots of servers, it’s a bit time-consuming and repetitive task.

IMHO using them both at the same time would be redundant (assuming you have same rules on both firewalls). I would just go with the Cloud Firewall… Hope I could help!!!

If I use DO cloud firewall, does that also mean I can stop using fail2ban?

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April 22, 2024


UFW is a host-based tool. That is, it has to be configured on each Droplet separately and add the necessary rules manually.

DigitalOcean’s Cloud Firewall is a network-based one. The same firewall rules can be applied on a large number of Droplets. DigitalOcean’s Cloud Firewall has the advantage of scalability. As it supports tagging of the Droplets, we can add custom labels to Droplets.


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