MDM Gossip

OK, this is all 10th word of mouth so put a grain of salt on it:

1) Since containers are history, what is an Enterprise to do if they have 1000 gateways and 750 policies???

In R75.20 there are no more containers. So the MOST Domains a MDS can contain is 250.  What are some companies doing? These are some examples I heard.

– Company A: Has XX MDS’s in XX countries
– Company B: Has 15-25 policies per domain. Each policy has target gateways
they are installed on. So you choose a policy, modify and click install and it
will get installed on the right gateway
– Company C: Has a rule that 100 maximum domains per MDS.
– (didn’t get all this, I can’t see it on SDM) From SDM, you can install policies

on individual gateways????

2) With GAIA coming out there will be 64-bit support for OS and utilities but NOT applications. So Smart Domain Manager (SDM) and MDS will not be compiled for 64-bit.I think?? the firewall process will be 64-bit because it can support 5 million connections up from 1 million..Check this.

3) SmartLog: FINALLY!!! A massive log database that takes in ALL logs from ALL
domains so you can do cross domain searches on ALL logs. FINALLY!! Basically
it will suck flat files from domains and put them into a massive database.

OPINION: This HAS to be integrated into SDM or I’ll go work at Palo Alto. Don’t let me down CP.

4) In R75.40 we will FINALLY get rules hits per rule. Shows up in SmartDashboard

5)  The MDS global database is FINALLY being migrated into an SQL database
instead of flat file. Probably two years down the road, but good first step.

6) Future Concept for MDM (from a customer, Tim M.): Policies on the left, List of gateways on the right. Connect the Policies with Gateways with drawing lines. Install.
Sounds OK, but how to put scope onto objects?

That’s all I got for now.

Verify and Install,


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