Hello -- We have various customers considering upgrades for this summer Y2021.
We've always discuss upgrade versions with local CP team to insure everyone on board - vendor, customer, reseller, etc.
Historically, the target version is what's "recommended by product mgmt" and has couple "GA" snaps available of JUMBO.
Today, I understand R80.40 is recommended target.
Is there an approximate time-frame when this target will be updated to R81? Example: July1, etc.
In addition, we have proposed various times the following:
- upgrade SmartCenter/Smartevent platforms to latest GA release (that has HFA "GA" take available).
- gateways should be upgraded to version with "maximum reliability and consistency" -- this build often one prior release and includes numerous "GA" HFA takes.
example for this summer:
- upgrade SmartCenter/SmartEvent platforms to R81 with HFA/Jfa "GA" take.
- upgrade Gateways to R80.40 with latest HFA/JFA "GA" take.
Unfortunately, this has not provided best results. While I like this "hyrid" strategy (ie. maximizing latest/greatest on mgmt and reliability on gateways) we have encountered strange bugs with newer mgmt and older gateways. Yes, I know release notes say fully supported, etc. The truth in production has been different story (specifically IDA did not work on prior build.. .was awful .. worked with support ... major black eye for everyone).
Any thoughts and suggestions would be appreciated.