PA-7000 Series Firewall Overview

The PA-7000 Series firewalls (PA-7050 and PA-7080) are high performance modular firewalls designed for large enterprise and carrier class environments. These multi-blade chassis can leverage either AC or DC power and have hot-swappable Network Processing Cards (NPCs) to allow for expansion as needs grow. You can install up to six NPCs in the PA-7050 firewall and up to ten NPCs in the PA-7080 firewall. These firewalls also include a dedicated high availability (HA) control port (HA1), as well as two dedicated 80Gb QSFP HA ports for HA2 (data link) and HA3 (packet forwarding) functions. These dedicated HA ports enable PA-7000 Series firewalls to function with full hardware redundancy in either an active/passive or active/active configuration. Additionally, to improve logging performance, the firewalls use a dedicated log card to handle all log processing tasks.
First Supported PAN-OS® Software Release:
  • PAN-OS 6.0
    —PA-7050 firewall
  • PAN-OS 7.0
    —PA-7080 firewall
The minimum supported PAN-OS software also varies based on the installed components. For example, if you install a PA-7000 20GQXM NPC, the firewall must have PAN-OS 7.1 or later installed. In the PAN-OS 9.0 release, there are also requirements to install newer components based on the installed hardware. For example, if you install the PA-7000-100G-NPC in a PA-7050 firewall, you must also install the PA-7050 second-generation fan trays (PA-7050-FANTRAY-L-A (left) and PA-7050-FANTRAY-R-A (right)). For more information on these requirements, see PA-7000 Series Firewall Module and Interface Card Information.

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