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Networking & Integration Features

Safely enabling applications based on users and groups are just a few of the many features that every Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall supports. A flexible networking foundation facilitates integration into nearly any network. IPsec and SSL VPN deliver enterprise-wide connectivity. Stateful high-availability ensures that your network is always protected.


Our flexible networking architecture includes dynamic routing, switching, and VPN connectivity, which enables you to easily deploy Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls into nearly any networking environment.

Integrate into any architecture with our flexible networking architecture

L2/L3 networking: Our firewalls use a L2/L3 architecture that leverages zone-based security enforcement, which enables deployments in switched and routed environments.

  • Dynamic routing: Support for OSPF, RIP and BGP combined with full 802.1Q VLAN support is provided for both layer 2 and layer 3 deployments, so all of your services can be enabled while seamlessly integrating with your existing routing or VLAN architecture.

  • Virtual Wire: Virtual Wire gives you a true transparent mode by logically binding two ports together, and passing all your traffic to the other port, without any switching or routing. Full inspection and control for all traffic is enabled with zero impact on your surrounding devices, and no networking protocol configuration is required. Multiple Virtual Wire pairs can be configured to support multiple network segments.

Multicast traffic routing participation

Multicast support includes identification and control of multicast traffic, as well as the ability to participate in multicast routing and group management through PIM-SM, PIM-SSM and IGMP support.