Hi PAN Peeps,
I have not been advised of a commercial driver to migrate from BrightCloud to PAN-DB.
I believe we may need to migrate 4.1 to 5.0 fro PAN-DB.
However PAN have effectively signalled this as the future strategy.
Have other End User organistaions had such a bad experience of BrightCloud that PAn have been forced to stand in ?
The initial phase of our deployment hasn't made extensive use of URL categories but this could change shortly.
I think you are correct that 5.X is a requirement for PAN-DB. I've mostly used BrightCloud on 4.X, and I've posed the same question. The answers I get back are that PAN-DB is informed from multiple open source lists, and is also fed by wildfire results. What I would be interested to know is if PAN-DB also categorizes IP addresses. From what I can tell, BrightCloud URL-Filtering will not block access to websites based on their IP address (if someone could confirm this, it would be greatly appreciated!).
PAN-DB does require PAN-OS v5.0 or greater. BrightCloud, as mentioned, remains an option for customers. Since your original question was directed towards other end-user organizations, I'll let others chime in with their experiences. That said, sraghunandan's post does contain some information on the benefits of PAN-DB. If you would like to have a detailed conversation regarding the differences and benefits, please contact your account manager for an in-depth conversation.
I asked about this at the ignite conference and was told that it would be best to stick with Brightcloud because we have a lot of international users.
Hope that helps,
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