I know it's 3 years later and 3 versions on... I thought a 7GB MDS backup was large, is this now the standard for an R80 MDS?
I don't recall my NG-AI MDS backups being more than a gig, for hundreds of customers/policies/revisions, yet I have a 4-CMA R80.40 MDS with about 80 policies (VSX mind you) and can't get the backup any smaller than 7GB. I'm sure I have seen odd things like binaries in backups too.
I agree with the UI improvements in R80 but I just don't think the whole layers of databases thing works for firewall management with all the problems I've had with them since. In contrast I manage another multi-tenanted environment with hundreds of devices and can export the entire configuration (including that of the devices) to a flat file of about 50MB - most of which are certificates and images used in response pages. I can also restore these environments with confidence in minutes and don't burn hours with "take forever, get to 99% and fail" type situations.
</rant> but I don't see this improving without a complete re-think and simplification of management (sorry Dorit) including things like gateway interaction, SIC (especially in VSX), configuration management, unification (1 UI for everything) instead of wrapping it all up in another database 🙂