News Release

Cisco Modeling Labs Changes the Way Networks Are Designed, Tested, Built and Deployed

Cisco Modeling Labs Help Engineers Create, Test and Deploy Simulated Multi-vendor Network Deployments and Configurations Without Risk
Sep 23, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 23, 2014 – In the physical world, maintaining or expanding a network infrastructure requires continuous monitoring and troubleshooting, experimenting with modifications and testing new software and configurations before deploying in a production network. As the Internet of Everything (IoE) further connects people, processes and data at an unparalleled rate, and with it the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to serve as a catalyst for the proliferation of Internet-connected devices, network infrastructures will face continued strain to keep pace with demands. Today, Cisco announced the launch of Cisco® Modeling Labs to enable network engineers to build, design and launch highly accurate real-world simulations of multi-vendor devices in a virtual environment, without connecting a single cable.


The Cisco Modeling Labs platform, composed of the Cisco Modeling Labs server and Cisco Modeling Labs client, creates a flexible environment that enables the design, configuration, and simulation of network topologies. Through the virtual design, build out, visualization and simulation of a network, organizations have a tool to prepare for strategic opportunities, such as evaluating the impact of the IoE on their network, the implementation of IPv6, the affect of a cloud deployment, virtualization, and network programmability, or prepare for a potential DDoS attack. By running what-if analyses, companies are able to determine what is needed to support the network of the future. The product is available for purchase now:


Additional benefits of Cisco Modeling Labs include:

  • Design or import a network topology and turn it into a virtual network in minutes.
  • Perform what-if analyses to validate potential design changes.
  • Replicate selected network scenarios and troubleshoot issues with no risk to the physical production network.
  • Rapidly create new virtual topologies with network protocol attributes that can be shared with others.
  • Connect a virtual topology to a physical network that is in the lab. This functionality allows for more robust testing and simulation opportunities.
  • In addition, the Cisco Modeling Labs provide:
    • Lower capital and operating expenditures for lab equipment.
    • Improved access to resources.
    • Scalable resources on demand.
    • Decreased deployment time of new services.
    • Increased uptime with what-if scenarios.
    • A reduced lab footprint.
    • Green, energy saving advantages.


Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager, Learning@Cisco, said: “As the Internet of Everything grows, the network becomes the hub of our connected world. Organizations need the capability to quickly configure their networks in order to remain competitive. Cisco Modeling Labs provide network engineers with a sandbox environment where they can model potential network deployments and build confidence that what they’re doing is accurate. By allowing other vendors to be in the virtual environment, the Cisco Modeling Labs becomes the ideal platform for simulation in the market, further showcasing Cisco’s dedication to being an industry innovator. Unlike ever before, network engineers on the front lines have an opportunity to perform network analyses prior to deployment without risk to the physical production network. Cisco continues to support the network by innovating on both the hardware and software fronts as we identify current needs and anticipate those to come.”


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