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Check Point has built its reputation on its security and management platform. The latter has been recently upgraded, the previous version was denoted by R77 and, last year, Check Point announced the launch of R80.20, for both gateway and management. R80.20 is representative of how Check Point has evolved - it offers an array of new features that are the culmination of many years of blood, sweat and development. Although a great leap forward it does, however, also bring a degree of complexity for customers and R77 will now go end of support in September 2019.
Check Point’s new management platform, R80, was first released in May 2017. It is representative of how Check Point has evolved, as it offers an array of new features that are the culmination of many years of development. Its latest version, R80.20, is an extension of this progress. Although it is significant progress, however, it also brings complexity for customers. These will need to be addressed soon as its predecessor, R77, will go end of support in September 2019.
Check Point has dedicated a vast amount of resource to the formulation of R80; the enhancements to its code alone, for example, have taken over a decade. These benefits are wide-ranging, with over 100 new features, focused around improving the customer experience. Examples include true centralised management, the ability for users to work concurrently, and automation across the platform.
As R77 is end-of-support this year, customers must migrate to R80. While there are substantial benefits, mentioned above, it also brings new challenges.
R80 has a new database structure that enables these new features; therefore this requires more processing power than previous versions. This increased use of resource means older appliances – including the IP series – are no longer compatible. Customers, as a result, may need to either upgrade or replace their existing appliances.
In terms of R80 itself, there are a range of new features for customers to learn and understand. Softcat is here to help you make fully utilise these benefits.
Softcat has been working closely with Check Point in preparation for this change – for example, we’re the first partner globally to implement the R80 multidomain manager. Following on from this extended planning period together, we can offer numerous options to organisations:
Softcat is also providing free training courses across its offices. These offer a hands-on opportunity to understand the new features of the R80 management platform.
Dublin, 17th of September – https://www.softcat.com/events/dublin-r80-technical-workshop-64359189067/
Glasgow, 11th of September – https://www.softcat.com/events/glasgow-r80-technical-workshop-63742553694/
London, 24th of September - https://www.softcat.com/events/london-check-point-r80-technical-workshop-63742709159/
Manchester, 26th of September – https://www.softcat.com/events/manchester-r80-technical-workshop-63742853591/
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