Appliance Vs Software based routers

Mike Walter mwalter at
Wed Aug 4 14:56:54 UTC 2010

I assume the ASA's don't run natively on VMware or Xen, I assume you have to use something like GNS3.  I think that would be fine for testing, but in real world production running an ASA on GNS3 under an another OS seems like a bad idea.  I hope Cisco will come out with Virtual Appliances for some of their products like they did for the Nexus 1000V.


-----Original Message-----
From: Daryl G. Jurbala [mailto:daryl at] 
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2010 10:54 AM
To: Xavier Beaudouin
Cc: nanog
Subject: Re: Appliance Vs Software based routers

On Aug 4, 2010, at 9:53 AM, Xavier Beaudouin wrote:

> Le 4 août 2010 à 15:14, Mirko Maffioli a écrit :
>> 2010/7/25 Laurens Vets <laurens at>:
>>> Cisco PIX: no, Cisco ASA: yes. It even runs under VMware...  It's however
>>> very hackish... :)
>> Cisco ASA under VMware?? :|
> CiscoASA is based on x86, there is no reasons you cannot run this into VMWare or Xen...

If that were the only qualification, PIX builds for the 515s would run under VMWare or XEN as well.  Maybe they do, but I've never seen it.

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