Tech Docs: New Firewalls and Appliances with PAN-OS 8.1!

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In conjunction with the PAN-OS 8.1 software release, Palo Alto Networks introduced several new firewall models and management appliances to provide world-class security and management capabilities for your enterprise.

Here’s a summary of the new hardware with resources on how to get started:

To help you migrate older Palo Alto Networks firewalls to newer models, see the Hardware Migration Guide.



PA-220R Firewall


The PA-220R firewall is designed and certified for deployments in harsh industrial environments while continuing to provide the same next-generation security features as our other firewall models.
The PA-220R firewall includes the following main features:

  • An operating temperature range from -40°F to 158°F
  • Six 10/100/1000Mbps RJ-45 ports with built-in surge protection
  • Passive cooling (no fans):
    • Reduces noise and power consumption
    • Increases reliability (no moving parts)
  • Two direct 12-24VDC power inputs to provide redundant DC power
  • Supports active/passive and active/active high availability (HA) configurations

For more information on this firewall and how to configure PAN-OS, refer to:


PA-3200 Series Firewalls


The PA-3200 Series are designed to deliver high-performance internet edge deployments. The series includes the PA-3220, PA-3250, and PA-3260 firewalls with the following main features:

  • Interface speeds up to 40Gbps
  • Up to five times the overall performance of the PA-3000 Series firewalls
  • Decryption performance is increased by up to seven times and decryption session capacity is increased up to twenty times compared to the PA-3000 Series firewalls

For more information on these firewalls and how to configure PAN-OS, refer to:


PA-5280 Firewall


It’s very simple: we took the PA-5260 firewall and doubled the session capacity to create the PA-5280 firewall.

For more information on this firewall and how to configure PAN-OS, refer to:


M-200 and M-600 Appliances


The new M-Series appliances provide increased performance and storage capacity to ensure that you can manage large numbers of Palo Alto Networks firewalls. When compared to the M-100 and M-500 appliances, you will see the following improvements:

  • Improved responsiveness with faster CPU and more memory
  • Increased log ingestion rate
  • Improved serviceability by providing dual power supplies and the ability to replace the operating system drive if a failure occurs

For more information on these appliances and how to configure Panorama, refer to:


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