Anyone have a theory about the 80C? I see that Fortinet is selling 5 year renewals for the 80C which usually tells me that it is nowhere near end-of-life. It seems really unusual that Fortinet would be supporting the 80C when they also have the 80D and the 80E--and not selling any other C generation models that I know of. Has anyone tried running the 5.6 firmware on it? I'm a little hesitant to even update given that the 80C has always had CPU and memory issues.
Oh no, I would never buy one. We have several, would love to get them replaced, but unless they are EOL I can't get it approved from higher-ups. We are a small non-prof, so they actually do the job for us. Just debating if we should renew for 5 years to get the discount or just go year to year on it. I just thought it was weird that Fortinet is still supporting it.
Yes it's not on a roadmap to be EoL at this time from what I gather. Don't forget to look at the bigger pictures.
Now how much saving on 1 vsr5 year support
what's your budget like for now and 3 years out
Do you forecast any security-gear refresh
how are they performing now[/ul]
All of that would factor in on if I would buy a 1 or more year bundle.
Now on a little tip;
I did a research awhile back and a 51E which has way more to offer than a 80C was actually cheap with support bundles ( FG-51E-BDL vrs FG-80C-BDL ) if you do a 1 for 1 comparison.
So a USA school that was looking at small campus deployment, sold off the FGT80C off at $125 a pop and replaced them with a "E" model that had a lot more going. They did get special funding and contributions that help push the upgrade.
How we word it to nail the deal
LOWER OPERATION COST
MORE 1GE interfaces
So I would look at all aspects in your budget planning. We are also push ( Pls don't beat me up; " I know this is FTNT forum " ) going with SRX330s at other locations all for the same issues due to lower opex. We actually have them deploy at vendor location where we had to manage a "at customer/vendor" location with our own hardware to terminate ipsec Site2Sites
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