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Nov 28 2015   3:22PM GMT

Cisco releases VIRL 1.0.0

Yasir Irfan Yasir Irfan Profile: Yasir Irfan


Yesterday I received an email from Cisco VIRL about their new release of VIRL 1.0.0

Hello VIRL Family! Happy Thanksgiving (if you’re celebrating!)

We are very happy to announce the release of VIRL 1.0.0 – a major upgrade release packed full of new features! 🙂

The VIRL team really surprised their customers with the release of new version especially when we are not expecting any major release from them.  The new  VIRL release 1.0.0 has some major changes , as Cisco VIRL is moving from Openstack Icehouse to Openstack Kilo. Those who have previous release of VIRL cannot upgrade to the new version. They must have received an email from Cisco with the download link for the new version as Cisco is also stoping the support for VIRL 0.9.293 on 25 December 2015.

The new release contains the following version

  • Openstack Kilo
  • VM Maestro 1.2.4 Build Dev-363
  • AutoNetkit 0.20.9/0.20.22
  • Live Network Collection Engine 0.7.20

Platform reference model VMs included in the new release

  • IOSv – 15.5(3)M image
  • IOSvL2 – 15.2.4055 DSGS image
  • IOSXRv – 5.3.2 image
  • CSR1000v – 3.16 XE-based image
  • NX-OSv 7.2.0.D1.1(121)
  • ASAv 9.5.1
  • Ubuntu 14.4.2 Cloud-init

Linux Container images included in the new release

  • Ubuntu 14.4.2 LXC
  • iPerf LXC
  • Routem LXC
  • Ostinato LXC

Some of the new features which grabbed my attention are as follows

  • OpenVPN –  allows users to connect from their laptop to their VIRL server.
  • Link Latency, jitter and packet-loss controls – Users can now set latency, packet loss and jitter directly on the link.
  • Static TCP port allocation controls – Users can now specify the tcp port numbers they wish to when connecting to the console, auxiliary or monitor port of a particular node in their simulation.
  • Web Editor – User can run an ALPA release of topology design tool which can be run within a web-browser.
  • VM Maestro Java Runtime Environment bundled – Users don’t need to install the java to use VM Maestro
  • VM Maestro active canvas

One can also capture  a packet in the newly released VIRL. More details can be accessed from the VIRL community portal.

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