R80 gossip – Fixing licensing again?

 

I”m dying to see the new R80 mgt station at CPX. Expectations are running very high because at the core Check Point is all about Management and Logging — That is their strength. SmartLog/SmartEvent are a fantastic team on the logging side.  Management/MDM/P1 has been a leader in the enterprise market for years…but recently has lost some ground to competitors as CheckPoint has been spending R&D on ancillary products. So this is the year for CP to regain the lead at its core.

  1. One piece of gossip I’ve heard from two sources is that they are taking yet another run at fixing licensing. NO unfortunately they are not going to kill it totally. Supposedly in R80 they are going to finally tie together the user center and SmartUpdate. So now you may even will be able to compare what you bought (in user center) and compare it to what you deployed (in SmartUpdate). Today it is a ludicrous bug ridden acronym laden beast of burden on humanity. You have to tie the two together using comment fields in User Center…except these fields are limited and can’t be exported and blah blah blah.  I have perl scripts that pull license keys from User Center and pull “cplic prints” from Mgt/Gateways and compare.  This is the only way we can tell if we are using what we actually paid for and what we have extra.
  2. They have moved the Israeli product support team into R&D for R80. The management upgrade will be a HUGE job so they want the support team to understand all the details so they can support their customers.. YEAH!!!
  3. Bone up on your perl and SQL. The whole backend will go from flat files into SQL database. So all our tools we’ve written over the years will be for not….but its about time.
  4. Some of the virtual stuff sounds very interesting. In The Cloud VMs float as needed and policy and management has to follow them as they migrate. Want to hear more about this.

 

 

 

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