Perform Risk-Free Network Analyses

Design, build, visualize, and launch virtual network simulations quickly and efficiently. With Cisco Modeling Labs, you can validate network changes. Modeling Labs acts as a testbed for applications that work with the network. With a simple point-and-click interface, users can design or import a network topology and turn it into a virtual network in minutes.

Cisco Modeling Labs 1.2

Cisco Modeling Labs 1.2

Cisco Modeling Labs 1.2 has now been released for purchase and upgrade.

Features and Capabilities

Cisco Modeling Labs is a scalable and extensible software platform for designing, simulating, and testing network models. The innovative platform uses advanced virtualization technology, such as OpenStack, for simulations. It then combines that technology with the technology of Cisco IOSv (virtual) Software, which is compliant for running on virtual machines. Cisco Modeling Labs is an ideal solution for conducting predeployment network testing.

Valuable Benefits
Network engineers with minimum-to-intermediate networking knowledge can take advantage of many benefits using Cisco Modeling Labs Corporate Edition, which include:

  • On-premise application
  • Point-and-click design and simulation
  • Configuration generation and protocol visualization
  • Virtual Cisco IOSv Software for router simulation
  • Capacity Calculator (XLSX - 15.2 KB )Microsoft Excel document

Typical use cases include:

  • Design and simulation of network changes
  • Pretesting network updates prior to physical deployment
  • Test bedding for application and device network interfacings
  • Simulation of production networks and troubleshooting in a simulated network
  • Internal operator practice with a virtual network

Specifications at a Glance

Disk Space 250 GB
Chipset Intel with Intel virtualization technology VT-x and extended page tables (EPT)
Hypervisor VMware ESXi 5.1 U2, ESXi 5.5 U1, ESXi 6.0 (Build 2494585)
Server type for OVA Package Any server with Intel with Intel virtualization technology VT-x and extended page tables (EPT)
Server Type for ISO Package Only supported on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) servers with local storage. Recommended servers are Cisco UCS C220 M4 and C420 M4.

Number of cores and Memory requirements:

The calculation for the number of cores and memory requirement is dependent on a number of factors:

  • the type and number of virtual machines concurrently active
  • the number of routing protocols
  • timers sets within the configurations
  • the amount of traffic generated
  • In order to size the Cisco Modeling Lab Server resources, you must use the Cisco Modeling Labs Capacity Calculator (XLSX - 15.2 KB ) Microsoft Excel document

Simulate Network Changes

Learn more about building and running your network simulations virtually.

Test and Verify Your Network

Test and Verify Your Network

Virtually design, configure, and simulate network topologies.

Additional Resources

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