Crossbow Virtual Wire Demo Tool

At the CommunityOne West keynote last June a demo of Crossbow was given using a tool called Virtual Wire. If you haven't seen the demo before, you can watch a 10 minute replay of it here:

Since that time a lot of folks have asked for access to the tool that was used in the demo. Browsing the Crossbow project page recently I noticed the Crossbow Virtual Wire Demo Tool has now been made available.

I'll warn you in advance that I view the tool as alpha quality as it doesn't have some basic functionalities like undo. However, as the names implies, it's perfect for demos (and learning a lot about zones and networking).

When you extract the tool you'll find a couple of screencasts, which I've also made available here. There's no audio, but they do give you the basic idea of the capabilities of the tool.

Demo 1: Creating and Connecting 2 Private Networks

This demo uses the Crossbow Virtual Wire Demo Tool to create 2 private networks. One network contains a web server (192.168.2) while the client is connecting from a separate network (193.168.3). A router is set up to forward packets between the 2 networks. This is a self-contained private network. The demo concludes by using a network load generator along with DTrace to show how easy it is to monitor and configure bandwidth to the server. The details on how to reproduce this demo have been documented here.


Demo 2: Creating a Private Network Connected to the Public Network

This demo uses the Crossbow Virtual Wire Demo Tool to create a private network containing a web server behind a firewall. The IP routing is configured to access the server from the global zone. The demo concludes by using a network load generator along with DTrace to show how easy it is to monitor and configure bandwidth to the server. The details on how to reproduce this demo have been documented here.


Comments:

PLEASE integrate this tool into OpenSolaris itself! This would be a fantastic addition for customers. Yes they can download it, but it always makes things easier if it is integrated into the software, particularly the default installation.

Posted by andrewk7 on October 30, 2009 at 04:02 PM GMT #

+1. The speakers talked about how they prefer command line, but created a NetBeans Platform GUI to demo what CrossBow can do. This kind of tool is very important, please make it a full featured supported product that is available in IPS.

Posted by Ryan de Laplante on November 08, 2009 at 09:38 PM GMT #

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