VM-Series Firewall Licenses for Public Clouds

The VM-Series firewall licensing strategy is the same for AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. There are different license types (see License Types—VM-Series Firewalls), and Bring Your Own License and Pay-as-you-go licensing methods:
  • Bring Your Own License (BYOL)—A license that is purchased from a partner, reseller, or directly from Palo Alto Networks. BYOL supports individual capacity licenses, support licenses, and subscription bundles.
    • For individual BYOL licenses, you must apply the auth code after you deploy the VM-Series firewall.
    • A BYOL license bundle has a single auth code you can include in the bootstrap package (see Bootstrap the VM-Series Firewall). All the subscriptions included in the bundle are licensed when the firewall launches.
  • Pay-as-you-go (PAYG)—Also called usage-based or pay-per-use licensing. PAYG licenses can be purchased from your Cloud provider:
    With the PAYG license bundles, the firewall is prelicensed and ready for use as soon as you deploy it; you do not receive an auth code. When you stop or terminate the firewall from your Cloud console, PAYG licenses are suspended or terminated. The PAYG licenses are bundled as follows:
    License FeaturesBundle 1Bundle 2
    VM-Series firewall capacity licenseVM-300VM-300
    Premium Support
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    Threat Prevention (AV, IPS, and malware prevention)
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    GlobalProtect
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    PAN-DB URL Filtering
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    WildFire
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You cannot switch between the PAYG and the BYOL licenses. To move from PAYG to BYOL, contact your Palo Alto Networks channel partner or sales representative to purchase a BYOL license and get a BYOL auth code that you can use to license your firewall. If you have deployed your firewall and want to switch the license, see Switch Between the BYOL and the PAYG Licenses.
If you have an evaluation copy of the VM-Series firewall and would like to convert it to a fully licensed (purchased) copy for the same license type (BYOL to BYOL), you can deactivate the evaluation license and activate the purchased license in its place. See Upgrade the VM-Series Firewall for instructions.

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