If you go to http://developer.cisco.com and look at the sandboxes, the "Multi-IOS Cisco Test Network" sandbox is a hosted copy of VIRL that you can play with.
That should be sufficient to let you get a feel for the product. I remember creating my own network topologies in that sandbox when the provided topology didn't meet my needs.
Hope that helps,
Thanks guys for answering
So I assume we will need CML - I will have to read the exact differences, since all i know is that CML is for companies while VIRL is mostly personal use
ilogan - May you share the things that didn't fit your requirements?
Since we are going to use this lab just for discovering those switches\routers\whatever, I know that it will be good for some cases
The others, I don't think the sandbox will help, because this is connection to external networks [again..that should work, but I not sure I can try it out] and we wonder if we can have different servers [physical or VMs in our ESXs] connected to these virtual switches on different ports
In addition, not only playing with an unfamiliar product takes time, but it is not a replacement for a demo anyways : )
Our customers have the option to try out our product - When they want do buy, they are asking for a POC
My main problem is that it should be really easy to get a POC and I don't understand why is it so hard? LOL as if no one wants to sell : )
martinlosik - May you elaborate? Is it related to the new VIRL I saw coming out with bunch of changes? Will it affect CML [I guess it will]?
I don't think VIRL Demo is available; you may want to wait for Karlo; VIRL is only for learning purpose; there is or was Cisco Lab builder that may help you in running some IOS versions.
IOL is not for sale; it is internal product permitted to be used by Cisco employees only;
other things to try: GNS3
Hey martinlosik - What do you mean when you say "Demo"?
Feels like you mean kind of a trial version of the application, while what I want is Cisco to do a POC showing that their product is meeting my requirements - and I assume I should target CML, right?
GNS3 is something I put aside for now because I read some posts saying that it is not legal to load VIRL\CML images into GNS3
In addition, usually a product bought by a company should be backed up with support, account manager etc
I need to see what are my options here with GNS3
For example..NMAP is free, but you can buy support in case used in a commercial product
I need to take some other things into account - mainly legal
Demo of VIRL was available long time ago; it was not full version of product and no all images and features were available at that time.
Trial version I got via VIP membership was fully working regular version that expired after 6 months
maybe you can get 30-day evaluation of VIRL but I am not sure if such option exists
I do apologize for the delay. Demo and trial licenses are not available for VIRL Personal Edition at this time. VIRL Personal Editions comes with a 30-day money back guarantee from date of purchase. Should you find that VIRL Personal Edition does not fit your needs, open a support case requesting cancellation. While a reason is not required, all feedback of your experience with VIRL is welcomed and encouraged.
Should your company have a Cisco account manager and you would like to demo VIRL, reach out to him/her and request access to a demo via Cisco Cloud. The account manager will either:
- share the complete session with you (you'll need to provide your CCO ID) or
- share the session credentials and details on how to connect
Also, VIRL is a personal edition product and only a single user will be able to use it versus a whole institution. Customers who want a shared environment, multi-tenant usage managed from a single instance, that is a clear case for another product we have, called Cisco Modeling Labs (CML).
Here’s some more information about CML for you:
CML is targeted at the enterprise and service provider market and VIRL PE - at the developer individual user markets. Table below shows the differences:
You can contact CML team at email@example.com.
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