PA-VM HA Clustering architecture

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PA-VM HA Clustering architecture

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Hi All,


We are working to deploy 4xPA-VM 300 firewalls in our 2 DCs. We would like to have a pair of Active/Passive firewalls in each DC. We would then want these 4 firewalls to be in a cluster as well. 


Our objective is to have complete redundancy across DCs and intra-DC as well, but these firewalls to work as logically same firewalls and achieve the horizontal scaling scaling as well. Since both the DCs, although diff locations act as a single DC due to common IP addressing and the virtual environment.


I am looking for some configuration steps or architecture around HA clustering. How does the IP addressing on these physicall different but logically same firewalls work? Would we need to create a Virtual IP that at as a gateway for the network to send the traffic to and then the 2 active/passive pairs in cluster load-balance it? 


How does clustering work in case of failures, is there a concept of floating/virtual IPs in it or would I need different IP addressing on the HA pairs in each DC.


Any help would be appreciated, couldn't find much in Palo docs except how to configure it.




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