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Cisco Modeling Labs

Perform Risk-Free Network Analyses

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

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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 it with the technology of virtual Cisco IOSv Software compliant for running on virtual machines.

Cisco Modeling Labs is an ideal solution for conducting pre-deployment network testing.

Valuable Benefits
Network engineers with minimum to intermediate networking knowledge will enjoy many benefits using Cisco Modeling Labs Corporate Edition. Some examples include:

  • On-premise application
  • Point-and-click design and simulation
  • Configuration generation and protocol visualization
  • Virtual Cisco IOS for router simulation

Typical use cases include:

  • Design and simulation of network changes
  • Pre-testing 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

Recommended server: Cisco UCS C220 M3 Rack Server with 16 core CPU and 128 GB memory or Cisco UCS C460 M2 High-Performance Rack Server or higher model (actual memory and CPU consumption depends on the number of virtual nodes and virtual network OS types).

  • Compatible virtual Cisco IOS
  • Cisco IOS XRv
  • Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V (CSR 1000V)

Software Requirements

The Cisco Modeling Labs server runs on VMware ESXi 5.0 and beyond.

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