Appliance Vs Software based routers

Greg Whynott Greg.Whynott at
Wed Aug 4 15:06:22 UTC 2010

it works,  i see folks creating networks of hosts under ESXi protected by an ASA instance.. not for production.    I'm sure its not legal but Cisco doesn't seem to have a strong stand on it,  I'd think as long as you are using it for educational use and not commercial,  they may not care a whole bunch.  

What you can not do while emulating ASA is use encryption,  no VPNs or otherwise.  this is due to the fact the ASA units use hardware encryption, when the OS makes calls to the controller,  it isn't there..


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...
> Xavier

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