The VM-Series firewall supports CPU oversubscription
on all models. CPU oversubscription allows you deploy a higher density
of VM-Series firewalls on hypervisors running on x86 architecture.
You can deploy two (2:1) to five (5:1) VM-Series firewalls per required
allocation of CPUs. When planning your deployment, use the following
formula to calculate the number of VM-Series firewalls your hardware
(Total CPUs x Oversub Ratio)/CPUs per firewall = total number
of VM-Series firewalls
For example, at a 5:1 ratio, a host machine with 16 physical
CPU and at least 180GB of memory (40 × 4.5GB) can support up to
40 instances to the VM-50. Each VM-50 requires two vCPUs and five
VM-50s can be associated to each pair of vCPUs.
(16 CPUs x 5)/2 = 40 VM-50 firewalls
Beyond meeting the minimum VM-Series
System Requirements, no additional configuration is required
to take advantage of oversubscription. Deploy VM-Series firewalls
normally and resource oversubscription occurs automatically. When
planning your deployment, consider other functions, such as virtual
switches, and guest machines on the host that require hardware resources
of their own.