Performance planning

This section details the run-time characteristics of a typical Prisma Cloud deployment. The information provided is for planning and estimation purposes.
System performance depends on many factors outside of our control. For example, heavily loaded hosts have fewer available resources than hosts with balanced workloads.

Scale

Prisma Cloud has been tested and optimized to support up to 10,000 Defenders per Console. Higher numbers of Defenders per Console can be supported, as long as the required resources are allocated to Console.

Scanning performance

This section describes the resources consumed by Prisma Cloud Defender during a scan. Measurements were taken on a test system with 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, and 1 CPU core.

Host scans

Host scans consume the following resources:
Resource
Measured consumption
Memory
10-15%
CPU
1%
Time to complete a host scan
1 second

Container scans

Container scans consume the following resources:
Resource
Measured consumption
Memory
10-15%
CPU
1%
Time to complete a container scan
1-5 seconds per container

Image scans

When an image is first scanned, Prisma Cloud caches its contents so that subsequent scans run more quickly. The first image scan, when there is no cache, consumes the following resources:
Resource
Measured consumption