My Experiences With Cisco’s VIRL


Since it has been out for more than a year, and has been developed and improved tremendously during that time, I decided to finally take the plunge and buy a year’s subscription to the Cisco VIRL software.

6WIND Offering Accelerated L3 Virtual Appliances


6WIND, a Packet Pushers sponsor, has been helping get the most networking performance from x86 hardware, making the acceleration software that other companies could use to make the most of their standard servers with multi-core CPUs and Linux. 6WIND has recently taken a further step, offering its own VNFs and virtual networking acceleration software packages to end users like you and me. For example, the Turbo Router and Turbo IPSEC appliances compete with virtual routers from Cisco and Brocade. 6WIND will be appearing on the Packet Pushers Priority Queue podcast near the end of October 2015.

Automating Adding New Networks to a Data Center with UCS Director


Introduction Working as an Cloud Architect with Cisco means I get the chance to talk to many different customers and discuss their challenges and pain points.  One that continually comes up is what should be fairly simple, adding a new network segment to their data center network. It used to be that a network team […]

Bridging Between Cisco VIRL and GNS3 for L2 and Serial Support

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One of the known issue for anyone preparing for a Cisco exam is that the solutions available today don’t support all the needed features.  Cisco VIRL supports L2 switching out of the box, whereas GNS3 does not.  GNS3 supports the configuration of serial interfaces on routers whereas Cisco VIRL does not.  For someone starting out in this […]

The Open Networking Cheat Sheet

Open Networking Table Oct 13 2015

A variety of open projects target the network. This cheat sheet keeps track of who’s doing what at OpenDaylight, OpenFlow, OVS, OpenStack, ONOS, Open Compute and more.