Cisco VIRL has been released today.
After waiting for what seems like ages, since it was first mentioned, it is finally here.
You can get it from http://virl.cisco.com.
The rumours were that is would be free, and would run up to fifteen (15) nodes, that could be either IOSV, IOS XRv, NX-OSv, or the CSR1000v.
While the capabilities remain the same, it is not free. It costs $199.99 PER YEAR.
This does seem to be a bit of a kick to the groin, really. Whilst this is the true, Cisco virtual environment, with all the support and abilities needed (obviously barring a few layer 2 technologies), $200 a year is a little costly.
For a limited time, you can get $50 off using the code “VIRL50” at checkout. Which still makes it $150. It’s not a bad price I suppose, but many people did expect this to be released without an associated cost.
I think I will stick with IOU and GNS3 for the moment!