Since I don't see the point in moving to R80 before unified policy can be used, when is R88.10 expected with its Gateway software?
I can't comment on specific timeframes for R80.10, though the Release Plan SK says "several months": Check Point Releases Plan
There's a lot of other benefits beyond just the unified policy in R80, even with R7x gateways.
A couple of my personal favorites include:
I wrote a more lengthy piece about R80 management here: http://phoneboy.org/2016/04/03/why-check-point-security-management-is-still-the-gold-standard/
Last time I've asked checkpoint about it they said it was expected to be available in June. That's why they're upgrading the EA's to GA's until the end of June.
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