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This article provides the information about the Check Point release policy and terminology. 
Please contact your local Check Point representative with any questions you may have to information regarding this article.

Table of Contents

  • Current Releases
  • Release Terminology
  • Recommended Version FAQ
  • General FAQ

 

Current Releases

  • R81.10 was released on July 6, 2021. Scalable Platforms is part of R81.10. 

  • R81 was released on October 22, 2020. This release (Take 392), installed with the latest General Availability Jumbo Hotfix Take is considered as Check Point's default version (widely recommended for all deployments). Check Point recommends to always use to the most recent General Availability Jumbo Hotfix Accumulator Take, listed in sk170114.
    • Scalable Platform software is aligned with R81. Refer to sk169954 for more information
  • R80.40 was released on January 28, 2020. For new deployments, it is recommended to deploy R81 and higher.

  • R80.30 was released on May 7, 2019. For new deployments, it is recommended to deploy R81 and higher. 

  • R80.20 was released on September 26, 2018. For new deployments, it is recommended to deploy R81 and higher.

  • R80.10 was released on May 17, 2017. This version will reach its End of Support on January 2022. If you are using these versions (or lower), we strongly recommend you start planning your environment's upgrade.  Check Point Default version widely recommended for all deployments is R81 Take 392 with the latest Jumbo Hotfix Accumulator GA Take.

 

 

Release Terminology

There are different types of software releases:

  • Major and Minor releases

    Major release: Introduces new functionalities and cutting edge innovative technologies to the market while maintaining high product quality. Major release is supported by Check Point for four years according to Support Lifecycle Policy.
    In the past few years Check Point has released Major releases every 1-2 years. Some examples of major releases would be: R77, R80, R80.20 , R81

    Minor release
    : Introduces Security Management & Gateway with new features and stability fixes on top of Major releases. Minor release is supported by Check Point as long as its relevant Major version is supported, according to Support Lifecycle Policy. In the past few years, Check Point has released 1-2 Minor releases per Major version Release. Some examples of minor releases would be: R77.20, R77.30, R80.10, R80.30 

    Major and Minor releases are introduced in 3 steps:

    • Early Availability (EA) - Check Point’s EA Program provides pre-release access to Check Point’s upcoming Major or Minor versions introduce new functionalities and cutting-edge innovative technologies. As a Check Point EA customer, you have the opportunity to learn about our upcoming products ahead of the curve and influence their direction. Your feedback is important to us! Visit our EA program site for more information. 

    • General Availability (GA) - Version is Generally Available and recommended to customers who are interested in using the new features of the new version. Version is available via CPUSE’s “All packages” view. 

    • Default version - Check Point declares the version as Default version Widely recommended for all deployments few weeks after GA and following 1-2 Jumbo Hotfix releases. Version is available via CPUSE’s “Recommended packages” view.

  • Management Feature Release

    Introduces Security Management with new features and stability fixes in between Major and Minor releases. Once the next Major or Minor release is available, Check Point recommends to upgrade the Security Management running a Management Feature Release to the next Major or Minor release. The first available release is R80.20.M1

  • Jumbo Hotfix Accumulator

    Jumbo Hotfix Accumulator (Jumbo Hotfix, JHF) is an accumulation of stability, quality fixes and enhancements resolving multiple issues in different products. For more information, see sk98028.

    Jumbo Hotfix Accumulator release is introduced in 2 steps:

    • Ongoing Jumbo - Every Jumbo release is first introduced as “Ongoing” version, ready for deployment for early adopters customers. “Ongoing” release is in high quality and passed all Check Point release Criteria. Version is available via CPUSE by using the package identifier and also can be provided by Check Point Customer Support.

    • General Availability (GA) Jumbo - Check Point Recommended Jumbo Hotfix for all deployments. An “Ongoing” Jumbo is declared as “GA” following significant amount of this Jumbo installations in the field. Version is available via CPUSE’s “Recommended packages” view. 

  • Special releases and Hotfixes

    Specific for a particular feature or a fix to be installed where required, a solution article (SK) will be published in Check Point Support Center with the relevant information and files for download.

 

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  • What does a default recommended version mean?
    The version that is most suitable for the widest customer-used cases.
    The recommended version appears in the 'Recommended Packages' section in the CPUSE tab in the Gaia portal.
  • When does Check Point declare a version as default recommended?
    We declare a version as the default recommended for all deployments, typically following the 2nd GA Jumbo Hotfix release.
  • How do I choose the best version for me?
    We always recommend choosing Check Point’s widely recommended version, with the latest GA Jumbo Hotfix. You should choose a newer GA release if the specific new features introduced by the release are important to you.
    At this time, our widely recommended version for all deployments is R81 with its latest GA Jumbo Hotfix.
  • What is the status of R81? Is it considered widely recommended?
    R81 with its latest Jumbo Hotfix Accumulator GA Take is considered as Check Point default recommended version starting from July 28, 2021. 
  • Should I upgrade to R81.10?
    R81.10 brings significant improvements in security operation efficiency across the management server's reliability, performance, and scale. As part of Scalable Platforms, R81.10 brings a unique mix and match ability to leverage different Quantum security gateways within a single Quantum Maestro security group.
    This release is initially recommended for customers who are interested in implementing the new features. We will declare this version as the default recommended for all deployments, typically following the 2nd GA Jumbo Hotfix release.
    It will then be available in the 'Recommended Packages' section in the CPUSE tab in the Gaia portal. Our current plan to declare R81.10 as default recommended is Q4 2021.
    For “What’s New”, Release Notes, and more information, refer to R81.10 Homepage.
  • When should I upgrade to a new version?
    We always recommend choosing Check Point’s widely recommended version, with the latest GA Jumbo Hotfix. We recommend upgrading to a newer version if:
    • New features introduced by the release are important to you. 
    • Your current version is going to End of Life soon (see our Support Lifecycle Policy page)
    For more info on our releases, refer to our Release Map.

 

General FAQ

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