UPDATE 12/08/2015: Simware 7.1.59 has been released, see:
Great news from the Simware side: the latest version of the Comware simulator Simware (Release 7.1.50) has been released and it is available as a public download. So no more HP Partner only restriction !
You can find the download link here:http://h20565.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/template.PAGE/public/psi/swdDetails/?swItem=nw_130365_1&ac.admitted=1398719780335.876444892.492883150
UPDATE 04/08/2014: The above link does not seem to contain a valid download link anymore. HP now has a new page for the simulator:
Biggest news is the change in Hypervisor since the previous release. The original Simware was running on a QEMU Hypervisor.
This was working fine on Linux host systems, but was extremely slow on Windows systems. The new version is using Oracle Virtualbox, so this works really fast on Windows systems as well.
The use of the new Hypervisor also comes with a limitation. While the original QEMU based Simware allowed for virtual switches with up to 48 interfaces, the new release limits the number of interfaces to a maximum of 8 interfaces per virtual switch. While this should be sufficient for normal test lab setups, it is a consideration when trying to build larger topologies.
Since this release is based on the generic Comware Build 50, it also has support for FCoE and native FC interfaces (simulated, so not expect real FCOE traffic to pass), but it is still great to practice the commands and control plane protocols.
Several other protocols have been included and updated as well, so take your time to check it out !