The Aruba AOS-CX Simulator allows you to practice setting up different types of networks.
Set up your simulation environment on the simulation platform you prefer:
- EVE-NG is becoming the most popular platform for network simulation. It offers a web-based user interface to orchestrate topologies, access device consoles and connect to external networks.
- It can be deployed on different virtualization platforms like VMware Workstation, Fusion, Player, and ESXI.
- GNS3 / GNS3-VM
- This platform is a combination of the GNS3-VM where the simulated devices run and the GNS3 app that provides an intuitive user interface, to orchestrate topologies, access device consoles and connect to external networks.
- The GNS3-VM can be deployed on different virtualization platforms like VMware Workstation, Fusion, and ESXI.
- GNS3 / VirtualBox
- In this case the GNS3 app provides the user interface while VirtualBox runs the virtual devices in the background.
- The main limitation of this option is that VirtualBox limits the number of ports on virtual devices to 8.
- Its main advantage, on the other hand, is that it can run directly on a Windows or MAC workstation.
Deploy the AOS-CX simulated switches you need and connect the to create virtual networks. Depending on the virtualization platform this process can be more or less dynamic. For example, GNS3 and EVE-NG allow you to quickly and easily create projects and labs, with different devices and topologies, and saving them, while vSphere allows you to create fast, fixed, stable topologies, with many options for external connections to other VMs and physical networks and 3rd Party devices and services.
Connect your CX Simulators to form a campus 2-tier or 3-tier switching infrastructure, or a datacenter spine and leaf network.