Difference Between PA-500 and PA-5000 series

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Difference Between PA-500 and PA-5000 series

L0 Member

I am trying to understand the difference between PA-500 and PA-5000 series Firewall on Hardware level. Means with respect to Dataplane and Management plane. 

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L2 Linker

Those two models are miles apart in what they can handle. Easiest is to compare the datasheets or they will provide a picture explaining the number of chips the 5060 has extra compared to the 500. I believe the 5060 has 3 chips for security processing while the 500 has 1.  They also have multiple dataplanes in the 5060 while the 500 has one.

 

https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/content/pan/en_US/products/product-comparison.html?chosen=pa-5060,p...

 

https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/products/secure-the-network/next-generation-firewall/pa-5000-series

 

https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/products/secure-the-network/next-generation-firewall/pa-500

 

- Peter

Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite

@sullivanpj2 I would say is almost understating it at this point. Someone that would be even really looking at a 5000 series wouldn't be able to even 'get by' with a 500. I think you likely would be better suited comparing the 500 to something like the new 820 or 850, maybe make the jump to a 3020/3060 but either the 820 or 850 should work if you are looking at the 500 currently. 

The difference between the two...

 

About $100,000.00

 

To get to the technical differences, the 500 series box is a "small office" platform while the 5000 series is designed for an enterprise enviornment.

PA-500 was made for customers who don't have 2U space in their racks which PA-5000 requires 🙂

Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite

you can use the hardware comparison tool to see the differences, but in this scenario it's comparing apples to racecars 🙂

 

https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/content/pan/en_US/products/product-comparison.html?chosen=pa-500,pa...

Tom Piens
PANgurus - Strata specialist; config reviews, policy optimization
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