Todays stats for the Official Unofficial Cisco Live Pedometer were:
Not as much as I expected for today. Maybe things are closer than I at first thought.
VIRL & CML Update
I had a chance to talk with some of the CML/VIRL team today and learned a few things of note:
- VIRL (Virtual Internet Routing Labs) is back as the personal/developer edition and will be available through the Cisco DevNet. For free. Yes, you read that right!
- I believe this will support up to 15 Cisco VMs and as many other VMs (Linux guests, etc) as fit in your RAM, but I need to verify the 15 number is still accurate.
- The quid pro quo for this deal is they will be collecting data. They will be completely up front about this, the data they are collecting, and will transmit it in clear text. The data they will be collecting is going to be things like what kinds of virtual devices you launch, how many, what specific features you use, and that sort of general statistics. They will not collect any configuration information.
- No NX-OS at this time. The virtual NX-OS is just not ready, yet.
- Still no L2, but they have a prototype already for adding this in the future. It will be coming, just not right away.
- This will be community supported.
- CML (Cisco Modeling Labs) is the corporate version. This is licensed by the node, can scale much larger, and will have Cisco support. I have not seen pricing for this, but expect it to be priced for corporate use.
- I have no release dates for either of these, but it does sound like they are pretty close to being able to ship it.
I’m really looking forward to this. It’s going to be a great tool for both validation and learning.
There was more to the day, but those were the bits that are probably most interesting for the moment.
Any thoughts on its comparison to GNS3?
I think there’s still a place for GNS3 and it’s use for other vendors. For Cisco, right now I suspect VIRL is going to take over once people can get it, but we’ll see. It might not take off until switching shows up.
Bummer about NX-OS not being ready. That was the big thing I was looking forward to so I can get the keyboard time in preparation from 640-916. You don’t happen to have a few Nexus 5ks sitting around that you won’t miss for a month, do you?
Alas, no, I do not.
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