M-Series Appliance Interfaces

The Panorama M-600, M-500, M-200 and M-100 appliances have several interfaces for communicating with other systems such as managed firewalls and the client systems of Panorama administrators. Panorama communicates with these systems to perform various services, including managing devices (firewalls, Log Collectors, and WildFire appliances and appliance clusters), collecting logs, communicating with Collector Groups, deploying software and content updates to devices, and providing administrative access to Panorama. By default, Panorama uses its management (MGT) interface for all these services. However, you can improve security by reserving the MGT interface for administrative access and dedicating separate interfaces for the other services. In a large-scale network with multiple subnetworks and heavy log traffic, using multiple interfaces for device management and log collection also enables network segmentation and load balancing (see Configure Panorama to Use Multiple Interfaces).
When assigning Panorama services to various interfaces, keep in mind that only the MGT interface allows administrative access to Panorama for configuration and monitoring tasks. You can assign any interface to the other services when you Perform Initial Configuration of the M-Series Appliance. The M-Series Appliance Hardware Reference Guides explain where to attach cables for the interfaces. The M-100 appliance support 1Gbps throughput on all its interfaces: MGT, Eth1, Eth2, and Eth3. In addition to these interfaces, the M-500 appliance supports 10Gbps throughput on its Eth4 and Eth5 interfaces.
The M-Series appliances do not support Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) for aggregating interfaces.

Supported Interfaces

Interfaces can be used for device management, log collection, Collector Group communication, licensing and software updates. See Configure Panorama to Use Multiple Interfaces for more information on network segmentation.
Interface
Maximum Speed
M-600 Appliance
M-500 Appliance
M-200 Appliance
Management (MGT)
1Gbps
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Ethernet 1 (Eth1)
1Gbps
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Ethernet 2 (Eth2)
1Gbps
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Ethernet 3 (Eth3)
1Gbps
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Ethernet 4 (Eth4)
10Gbps
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Ethernet 5 (Eth5)
10Gbps
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Logging Rates

Review the logging rates for the all M-Series appliance models. To achieve the logging rates listed below, the M-Series appliance must be a single log collector in a collector group and you must install all the logging disks for your M-Series model. For example, to achieve 30,000 logs/second for the M-500 appliance, you must install all 12 logging disks with either 1TB or 2TB disks.
Model Capacities and Features
M-600 Appliance
M-500 Appliance
M-200 Appliance
Maximum Logging Rate for Panorama in Management Only mode
Local log storage is not supported
Maximum Logging Rate for Panorama in Panorama Mode
25,000 logs/second
20,000 logs/second
10,000 logs/second
Maximum Logging Rate for Panorama in Log Collector Mode
50,000 logs/second
30,000 logs/second
28,000 logs/second
Maximum Log Storage on Appliance
48TB (12x8TB RAID disk)
  • 24TB (24x2TB RAID disks)
  • 12TB (24x1TB RAID Disk)
16TB (4x8TB RAID disk)
Default Log Storage on Appliance
16TB (4x8TB RAID disks)
4TB (4x2TB RAID disks)
16TB (4x8TB RAID disks)
SSD Storage on Appliance (for logs that M-Series appliances generate)
240GB
240GB
240GB
NFS Attached Log Storage
Not available

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