Ok, well that’s not really anything to brag about, but there are so many people here that I assume someone didn’t, likely from being trampled as they entered the World of Solutions when it opened yesterday. I had a nice opportunity to catch up with friends from the twitterverse as well as old colleagues and acquaintances. Of course I stopped by the Cisco Certification Lounge and picked up my CCIE ribbon. I spent a little time in there checking out the demonstrations related to what Learning@Cisco is doing these days.
I was interested to see the demo of VIRL, a new virtual lab platform that Cisco is releasing soon. I honestly believe this is the solution that learners have been begging for. With a Cisco endorsed product like VIRL, students can now focus on learning the Cisco technology rather than spending time tweaking and tuning dynamips, GNS3, bootlegged copies of IOU and so on. Currently it’s limited on what can be used, but down the road who is to say you couldn’t run Cisco IOS routers, Cisco ASA, Cisco IPS, Cisco WSA and so on. You could potentially virtualize a CUCM, IP Phone, WLC and WCS. Really, anything that can be inside a virtual container is game. It appears that there are three versions that will be released, a Cloud based solution that you subscribe to, an appliance that you purchase, and a free download. I’m sure the free download will be less capable than the appliance, but it should do for general studies.
So far, props to Cisco for finally giving the learning community something they have been asking for, literally for years! My one disappointment however, was the CCIE gift. A wireless mouse and mousepad. Not something I need, and honestly, I’d rather have another mug with the logo etched in it. Oh well, highs and lows right? Now on to day 2, CCIE Party, and more social networking.