More GAI then YA

I have been reviewing the emerging specs for GAIA and have some questions that we all should think about before the stampede to upgrade begins.

– Make sure we ask if the functions we are using are supported by 64bit GAIA. For example, P1 is not supported
by 64 bit GAIA. So is DLP, IPS, SmartEvent, SmartLog,etc use 64bit?

– In other words, chances are 80% of your platforms are not memory starved. So what functions are memory starved
and ask if GAIA will make a difference in those environments

– Obviously in your roadmap, if you are planning on buying the whole CP suite and running them on 1 platform 5 years from now, I’m thinking you need GAIA now.  So the take away when thinking about GAIA is apply it to your roadmap for memory starved applications.

– NOTE: that most of the new GAIA commands from IPSO are for dynamic routing. Are you running dynamic routing?

– Take away: Look past the marketing and map your environment to what GAIA provides. 64bit on an overloaded gateway; YES!!!! 64bit on a gateway with 100 connections/day. NO or NOT NOW!!!!

– GAIA is the future and CP will obviously compile their full product suite into 64bit. Bug your SE for that roadmap so you can map it to your roadmap.

I don’t have answers yet, but I’m headed to CPX. Maybe we should have a 64bit round table ‘ey and then hit up the developers. I’ll buy the beer!

Stay tuned.

Let the Stampede begin!! GAI—YA!!!!

Dreezman

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