The PAN-DB private cloud is an on-premise solution for
organizations that restrict the usage of cloud services. With this
on-premise solution, you can deploy one or more M-500 appliances
as PAN-DB servers within your network or data center. The firewalls
query the PAN-DB private cloud to perform URL lookups, instead of
accessing the PAN-DB public cloud.
The process for performing URL lookups, in both the private and
the public cloud is the same for the firewalls on the network. By
default, the firewall is configured to access the public PAN-DB
cloud. If you deploy a PAN-DB private cloud, you must configure
the firewalls with a list of IP addresses or FQDNs to access the server(s)
in the private cloud.
Firewalls running PAN-OS 5.0 or later versions can communicate with
the PAN-DB private cloud.
When you Set Up the PAN-DB Private Cloud, you can
either configure the M-500 appliance(s) to have direct internet
access or keep it completely offline. Because the M-500 appliance
requires database and content updates to perform URL lookups, if
the appliance does not have an active internet connection, you must
manually download the updates to a server on your network and then, import
the updates using SCP into each M-500 appliance in the PAN-DB private cloud.
In addition, the appliances must be able to obtain the seed database
and any other regular or critical content updates for the firewalls
that it services.
To authenticate the firewalls that connect to the PAN-DB private
cloud, a set of default server certificates are packaged with the
appliance; you cannot import or use another server certificate for
authenticating the firewalls. If you change the hostname on the
M-500 appliance, the appliance automatically generates a new set
of certificates to authenticate the firewalls.