Palo Alto Networks – Virtualized DataCenter #Cloud #ITSecurity #VirtualDataCenter


Palto Alto Networks has its focus on the Firewalls, which are key components of the new connected world of Networks. As DataCenter Manager are forced to mix their Virtualized networks with the Corporate and public cloud, the Security becomes more and more important as a Technology by itself.

The Requirements for the Datacenter manager has to be more Dynamic and Automated at the same time. The network Security has to be more Flexible and be able to protect against new modern and external threats.

Palto Alto Networks allows you to deploy the centralized management platform for both physical and virtual form. Their Firewalls deliver a complete threat protection framework, which, on standard ports, non-standard ports and within encrypted traffic addresses, from targeted attacks, Exploit, Malware and Spyware.


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Panorama delivers centralized, consistent global management and control over a network of Palo Alto Networks virtualized and physical next-generation firewalls. Panorama allows you to control all aspects of the devices and/or virtual systems you manage:

Policy-based forwarding
Application override
Captive portal
DoS protection


The Palo Alto Networks VM-Series features three virtualized next-generation firewall models – the VM-100, VM-200, and VM-300. These platforms are supported on the VMware ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5.0 platforms. 2, 4, or 8 CPU cores on your virtualized server platforms can be assigned for next-generation firewall processing.

With 4 CPU cores running, the VM-Series delivers up to 1 Gbps firewall throughput with App-ID enabled. To ensure that management is accessible to you during heavy traffic, the data and control plane are separated. In addition, our unique single-pass software architecture processes functions in a single pass to reduce latency.

The VM-Series runs PAN-OSTM, a security-specific operating system that:

  • Safely enables intra-virtual machine traffic
  • Protects you against all known and unknown threats
  • Integrates flexibly in the virtualized environment at layers 1, 2, or 3

Palo Alto Network PAN-OS next-generation firewall capabilities allow you to tie your security policies to virtual machine adds, moves and changes, and to create security policies that instantly sync with virtual workload creation.


  • 250,000 max sessions
  • 2,000 IPSec VPN tunnels/tunnel interfaces
  • 500 SSL VPN Users
  • 40 security zones
  • 5,000 max number of policies
  • 10,000 address objects
  • 1Gbps Firewall Throughput (App-ID enabled)
  • 600 Mbps Threat Prevention Throughput
  • 250 Mbps IPSec VPN Throughput
  • 8,000 New sessions per second


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by: Bahram Khandan
Global IT Resources
Security, Storage, Networking, Cloud

Source: Palto Alto Network, InformationWeek, AllthingsD