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Aidan_Luby
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New CheckPoint Appliances

Seeing as there's once again new CheckPoint appliances I wanted to get a thread going so we can collect some knowledge on the new units here.

 

There was a Press Release on Tuesday January 14th, 2020 about the new units. It looks like a 3600 Quantum Security Gateway, 6200 Quantum Security Gateway, 6600 and 6900 Quantum Security Gateways, and a 16000 Quantum Turbo Hyerscale Gateway.

 

Firstly I have to laugh a bit at the new naming as I type out the new Quantum naming, especially for the 16000 Quantum Turbo Hyperscale Gateway (what a mouthful); but I also wonder if the new Quantum naming is so that if people search for Quantum (thinking of Quantum computing) and CheckPoint at the same time they'll finally get a result.

 

I've also been interested in the 6000 series as we were considering a 6500 cluster but noticed the 6500 and 6800 that came out last year still do not support the new 3.10 kernel, but the 6200, 6600 and 6900 units do. I do remember researching the CPU in the 5800 (Intel Xeon E3-1285L v4) which released in May 2016 compared to the CPU in the 6500 (Intel Core i7 4790S) which released in January 2019 and noticed that the older 5800 unit actually has a newer CPU. This has left me hoping that the new "Quantum" gateways actually have a proper hardware refresh with newer generation CPU's and DDR4 RAM.

 

Another interesting thing I noticed is the new 6200 unit seems to have a different CPU (or is handicapped) based on which SKU you buy. The datasheet shows: 

  • 1x CPUs, 2 physical cores, 4 virtual cores (Base, Plus)
  • 1x CPUs, 4 physical cores (Turbo)

This is the first time I can remember CheckPoint changing the CPU so much on the same model.

 

Has anyone else gotten their hands on the new units or any interesting information you'd like to share? 😃🤔

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