Cisco’s IOS emulator crackdown: What are your thoughts?

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Open IT ForumThe latest buzz around Cisco is that its latest iteration of its emulator OS, IOS 15, will help the company crack down on the use of its IOS emulator without plugging in a product key -- something many home network pros and enterprise network managers have relied on until now, especially when needing to map out large networks. What are your thoughts on this issue -- does it come down to a simple issue of piracy, or will this development do Cisco more harm than good? More information from Jessica Scarpati's latest article on SearchDataCenter.

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I believe that it should be possible for Cisco to produce a license or an entire version of IOS that could be provided for use by students.

Consider that thousands of students are using Dynamips to learn and develop practical skills. Once IOS no longer works in Dynamips, then you will need real equipment. That means renting racks from third parties on an hour by hour basis and paying hard cash.

Part of Cisco’s success has been access to learning, quality training and access to lab environments. Take that away and we might start to consider other vendors.

Cisco should produce a solution for it’s customer who want to learn and use Cisco products.

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  • r3boot
    yup, well said thats why they survived the tech business because of that approach..i hope it doesnt go the path of classic monopoly.
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  • Yasir Irfan
    Cisco press is coming out with some simulators for those who want to have hands on experience on Cisco products, no doubt you are limited to certain type of routers or switches. As far Emulator is concerned Cisco should try to help out students with an IOS just targetting them only.
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  • Irishjd
    Why doesn't Cisco just release Packet Tracer to the public? I understand that it doesn't help those working on high-end certs, but it appears to be useful for CCENT, CCNA, and maybe even CCNP. It would be better than nothing. Jon
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