VM-Series System Requirements

System Requirements for VM-Series models (fixed vCPUs).
Each instance of the VM-Series firewall requires a minimum resource allocation—number of CPUs, memory, and disk space, on its host server. Use the table below to verify that you allocate the necessary hardware resources for your VM-Series model or memory profile.
VM-Series Model
Supported Hypervisors
Supported vCPUs
Minimum Memory
Minimum Memory with GTP Enabled
Minimum Hard Drive
VM-50
ESXi, Hyper-V, KVM
2
  • 5.5GB
  • 4.5GB in Lite mode
  • 6GB
  • 5GB in Lite mode
32GB (60GB at boot)
VM-100
AWS, Azure, ESXi, Google Cloud Platform, Hyper-V, KVM, OCI, Alibaba Cloud, Cisco ACI, Cisco CSP, Cisco ENCS, NSX-T (VM-100)
The VM-100 on Azure requires 4 vCPUs.
2
6.5GB
7.5GB
60GB
VM-300
AWS, Azure, ESXi, Google Cloud Platform, Hyper-V, KVM, OCI, Alibaba Cloud, Cisco ACI, Cisco CSP, Cisco ENCS, NSX-T (VM-300)
2, 4
9GB*
10GB
60GB
VM-500
AWS, Azure, Cisco ACI, Cisco CSP, ESXi, Google Cloud Platform, Hyper-V, KVM, OCI, NSX-T
2, 4, 8
16GB
20GB
60GB
VM-700
AWS, Azure, ESXi, Google Cloud Platform, Hyper-V, KVM, OCI, Alibaba Cloud, Cisco ACI, Cisco CSP, NSX-T
2, 4, 8, 16
56GB
64GB
60GB
*In 10.1.X, 9 GB might be insufficient depending upon the feature set or combination of feature sets used on the firewall. If you experience memory resource related issues, increase memory to 11 GB to accommodate the additional memory requirements of some of the features or combination of features. Alternately, you can Enable ZRAM on the VM-Series Firewall to improve memory usage.
You can enable Lite mode on the VM-50. Lite mode is an alternative operating mode for environments where resources are limited. See VM-50 Lite Mode for more information.
To achieve the best performance, all of the needed cores should be available on a single CPU socket.
For operation, the VM-50 firewall requires minimum 32GB of hard drive space. However, because the VM-Series base image is common to all models, you must allocate 60GB of hard drive space until you license the VM-50.
The number of vCPUs assigned to the management plane and those assigned to the dataplane differs depending on the total number of vCPUs assigned to the VM-Series firewall. If you assign more vCPUs than those officially supported by the license, any additional vCPUs are assigned to the management plane.
Total vCPUs
Management Plane vCPUs
Dataplane vCPUs
2
1
1
4
2
2
8
2
6
16
4
12

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