VM-Series on KVM— Requirements and Prerequisites
- VM-Series on KVM System Requirements
- Options for Attaching the VM-Series on the Network
- Prerequisites for VM-Series on KVM
See VM-Series System Requirements for the minimum hardware requirements for your VM-Series model.
Network Interfaces—Network Interface Cards and Software Bridges
The VM-Series on KVM supports a total of 25 interfaces— 1 management interface and a maximum of 24 network interfaces for data traffic.
VM-Series deployed on KVM supports software-based virtual switches such as the Linux bridge or the Open vSwitch bridge, and direct connectivity to PCI passthrough or an SR-IOV capable adapter.
If you plan to establish connectivity using PCI-passthrough or SR-IOV, you cannot configure a vSwitch on the physical port used for SR-IOV or PCI-passthrough. To communicate with the host or other virtual machines on the network, the VM-Series firewall must have exclusive access to the physical port and associated virtual functions (VFs) on that interface.
Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) Support
DPDK is enabled by default on VM-Series firewalls on KVM if one of the following NIC drivers is used:
Performance Tuning of the VM-Series for KVM
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Prepare the Linux Server
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Set Up the VM-Series Firewall on KVM
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Provision the VM-Series Firewall on a KVM Host
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Supported Deployments on KVM
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Prerequisites for VM-Series on KVM
Prerequisites for VM-Series on KVM Before you install the VM-Series firewall on the Linux server, review the following sections: Prepare the Linux Server Prepare to ...
Integrate Open vSwitch with DPDK
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Enable DPDK on ESXi
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VM-Series Model Capacity and Performance
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