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Cisco Prime Infrastructure

 Simplified Management from Branch to Data Center

Cisco Prime Infrastructure simplifies the management of wireless and wired networks. It offers Day 0 and 1 provisioning, as well as Day N assurance from the branch to the data center. We call it One Management. With this single view and point of control, you can reap the benefits of One Management across both network and compute.

 

Features and Capabilities

Cisco Prime Infrastructure has what you need to simplify and automate management tasks while taking advantage of the intelligence of your Cisco networks. Product features and capabilities help you:

Realize One Management

This single, unified solution provides wired and wireless lifecycle management, and application visibility and control. It also offers policy monitoring and troubleshooting with the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) and location-based tracking of mobility devices with the Cisco Mobility Services Engine (MSE). You can manage the network, devices, applications, and users – all from one place.

Consolidate Products

Consolidate management products and reduce the number of tools required to manage the network. Managing your network using Cisco Prime Infrastructure gives you greater visibility and control, with faster deployment and troubleshooting. You can spend more time transforming your business through innovation and differentiation.

Manage the Network for Mobile Collaboration

Cisco Prime Infrastructure offers support for 802.11ac, correlated wired-wireless client visibility, spatial maps, Radio Frequency prediction tools, and much more. Simplify the management of the wireless infrastructure while solving problems faster and with fewer resources.

Simplify Intelligent WAN Management

Take management simplicity to the next level. Cisco Prime Infrastructure offers new, guided workflows for the Intelligent WAN and Converged Access, based on Cisco best practices. These workflows make new branch rollouts easy and fast, from setting up devices and services to automatically managing and monitoring them.

Extend Management to the Data Center

Cisco Prime Infrastructure offers fault, configuration, accounting, performance, and security (FCAPS) management with 360-degree views of Cisco Unified Computing System Series B Blade Servers and Series C Rack Servers and Cisco Nexus switches, including the Application-Centric Infrastructure–ready Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches. Your data center is critical to service assurance. Manage it effectively with Cisco Prime Infrastructure.

Speed Time to Value with Device and Technology Packs

Device Packs offer ongoing support of new Cisco devices and software releases. It provides parity within each device family, eliminating gaps in management operations, especially when it comes to service availability and troubleshooting. Technology Packs deliver new features between releases, accelerating time to value for high-demand functionality.

Scale Bigger

Large or global organizations often distribute network management by domain, region, or country. Cisco Prime Infrastructure Operations Center lets you visualize up to 10 Cisco Prime Infrastructure instances, scaling your management infrastructure while maintaining central visibility and control.

One Management and One Assurance of Enterprise Networks from Campus/Branch to the Data Center.

Overview

Rapid change is the new normal. Mobile device proliferation, pervasive voice and video collaboration, and cloud and data center virtualization are transforming the network as never before. The new opportunities around a dynamic and application-centric network bring forth a host of new challenges. There’s the need for enhanced network and application visibility, assured end user experience, faster troubleshooting and simplified deployment and management – all the while maintaining business continuity and holding down operational costs.

To address these challenges, IT professionals need a comprehensive solution to manage, visualize and monitor the network from a single graphical interface. Cisco Prime Infrastructure provides lifecycle management, assurance visibility and troubleshooting capabilities network wide – from the wireless user in the branch office, across the WAN, and to the data center. In essence it is One Management and One Assurance, for One Network (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Cisco Prime Infrastructure

Cisco Prime Infrastructure lets you manage your network more efficiently and effectively so you can achieve the highest levels of wireless and wired network performance, service assurance, and application-centric end-user experience.

● Single-pane-of-glass management: Cisco Prime Infrastructure delivers a single, unified platform for network service provisioning, monitoring and assurance and change and compliance management. It accelerates device and services deployment and helps you rapidly resolve problems that can affect the end-user experience. It helps minimize the amount of time you spend managing the existing network so you can maximize the time you spend in supporting business growth.

● Simplified deployment of Cisco® capabilities: Cisco Prime Infrastructure makes the design and fulfillment of Cisco differentiated features and services fast and efficient. With out-of-the-box support for technologies such as Intelligent WAN (IWAN), Distributed Wireless with Converged Access, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), Zone-Based Firewall, and Cisco TrustSec® 2.0 Identity-Based Networking Services, it helps you get the most from the intelligence built in to your Cisco devices as quickly as possible.

● Deep Application Visibility: Cisco Prime Infrastructure configures and uses embedded Cisco instrumentation and industry-leading technologies for application visibility and network policy optimization. These technologies include NetFlow, Network-Based Application Recognition 2 (NBAR2), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and more. Cisco Prime Infrastructure can also trigger capture, processing and drill-down into application performance and packet diagnostics data from distributed Cisco Network Analysis Module (NAM) deployments.

● Comprehensive coverage of enterprise mobility: Cisco Prime Infrastructure delivers pinpoint visibility into the who, what, when, where, and how of wireless access through its own data collection and key integrations. It includes 802.11ac support; correlated wired-wireless client visibility; unified access infrastructure monitoring; spatial mapping; integrated security and policy application and troubleshooting with Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) integration; integrated location-based tracking of interferers, rogues, and Wi-Fi client reporting with Cisco Mobility Services Engine (MSE) and Cisco CleanAir® integration; RF prediction tools; and more.

● Unified assurance across network and compute: Cisco Prime Infrastructure delivers scalable management and service assurance across the breadth of enterprise infrastructure in your branch-office, campus, and data center networks including network equipment, UCS servers and virtual machines. The ability to track a user in the branch connecting via a mobile or wired device, all the way to a compute resource in the data center is essential to faster onboarding, remediation and troubleshooting.

● Centralized visibility of distributed networks: Large or global organizations often distribute network management by domain, region, or country. Cisco Prime Infrastructure Operations Center lets you visualize up to 10 Cisco Prime Infrastructure instances, scaling your network-management capability while maintaining centralized visibility and control. What is new in Prime Infrastructure 3.0?

Building on top of PI 2.2, Cisco Prime Infrastructure 3.0 offers many new capabilities and a few of these are highlighted below.

● Platform Enhancements:

◦ New User Interface: Modern user interface with HTML 5.0 (and removal of flash) provides operators with a quick and easy view to isolate issues in the network and identify root cause remediation. The new interface also allows customers to have a superior experience whether they are using a tablet or a traditional PC.

◦ Alarm Customization: Network operators have the ability to customize alarms based on the operational needs of the enterprise. Customizable syslog based alarms provides the ability to custom create new alarms and prioritize operator response.

◦ Correlated Performance Graphs: Correlated charts enable administrators to carry out comparative troubleshooting of network KPIs. The overlay of alarms and configuration change events in the correlated graphs helps connect network change events to performance degradation/improvements.

◦ Configuration Compliance: With the addition of a compliance engine, the product provides operators the ability to specify the golden network configuration and perform an audit of the network devices against the configuration archive or the device configuration. The audit report identifies devices that are out of compliance. Operators can remediate the devices that are out of compliance with the desired configuration. This engine also helps with generating reports for EoL/EoS/PCI for network devices.

● Wireless Management: Simplified client troubleshooting enables network operators to easily identify the root cause of client issues in a graphical format, speeding up problem identification and resolution. Rogue management and troubleshooting is simplified with enhancements to switch port tracing (SPT) to identify rogue devices on the wire in the network.

● Routing – Intelligent WAN (IWAN) management: Guided workflows based on Cisco Validated Designs and best practices radically simplifies deployment and management of Cisco IWAN devices and services. The workflow speeds up provisioning of services such as Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN) and Performance Routing (PfR) and simplifies quality-of-service (QoS) configuration and monitoring. The new PfR monitoring dashboard provides visibility into how application path optimization is working on alternative transport routes and aids troubleshooting of route change events driven by IWAN.

● Data Center Management: Prime 3.0 extends coverage to compute infrastructure management supporting inventory, fault, configuration and performance for UCS B-series blade and C-series rack servers integrated with Service Profile management. Integration with VMware vCenter supports monitoring and visualization of virtualized servers and VMware hypervisors operating on UCS underlay hosts. The release includes FCAPS support for all Nexus platforms in the data center from N2K-9K. Operators can view underlay and overlay performance characteristics for the network devices in a single user interface with the added support for VPC and VDC.

● APIC-EM Integration: Integration with the Enterprise SDN Controller (APIC-EM), provides the ability to automate new device deployment using Zero Touch Provisioning capabilities (https based PnP agent) in the Cisco network devices. In addition, PI can request the APIC-EM PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) Service to securely deploy a route with PKI for an IWAN deployment with DMVPN.

 

Cisco Prime Access Registrar

Simplify AAA Management

Meet the tremendous challenges of deploying and managing authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) access control services with Cisco Prime Access Registrar.

Cisco Prime Access Registrar is a 3GPP compliant AAA server that offers scalability and extensibility in your complex service provider environment. Using one common platform, you can efficiently serve an increasingly broad range of access technologies, users, and roaming partners, and rapidly deliver new subscriber services. This product offers:

  • Support for a wide range of network access technologies:Cisco Prime Access Registrar supports service provider Wi-Fi (SP Wi-Fi), Vo-WiFi, femtocell, Connected Grid, LTE, DSL, Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), and Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service (UMTS), WLAN, WiMAX, dialup, and others. By standardizing on one common AAA server platform, this solution reduces operational and capital expenses and provides flexibility in AAA choice.
  • Speed and scalability: True 64bit architecture providing exceptional RADIUS and Diameter performance and scalability to support large service deployments and millions of simultaneous active sessions.
  • Extensibility: The platform is extremely customizable and flexible to help you meet your unique business, regulatory, and technical requirements.
  • Broad integration capabilities: Cisco Prime Access Registrar supports integration with an extensive variety of external data stores, provisioning and billing systems and multi-vendor network access servers to:
    • Simplify deployment and operations
    • Lower operational expenses
    • Enhance scalability and speed service rollouts
  • Session management: Session and resource management tools track user sessions and dynamically allocate resources such as IP addresses and user or group session limits.

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Cisco Prime Access Registrar Jumpstart is a high performance appliance for RADIUS/Diameter authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) services.

 

Product Overview

CiscoPrime™Access Registrar provides solutions for authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA). The Cisco Prime Access Registrar solution for AAA is a high-performance, carrier class RADIUS/Diameter
solution that provides scalable, flexible, intelligent authentication, authorization, and accounting services.

Service providers face tremendous challenges in deploying and managing mission-critical access services, such as AAA. These include:

  • Efficiently serving an increasingly diverse mix of access technologies (and corresponding authentication protocols), users, and roaming partners
  • Rapidly delivering new subscriber services for competitive advantage (for example, a new prepaid service)
  • Efficiently managing resources like IP addresses or session limits
  • Keeping up with scalability, performance, and stability demands

Adding to this complexity is the fact that many service providers have multivendor, heterogeneous AAA environments and increasingly complex business requirements. Service providers also are under pressure to reduce operating expenses (OpEx) and have to keep up with the needs to centralize data stores and adapt billing systems. Operators need a comprehensive access management solution to address these issues.

In addition, given today’s explosive mobile data growth, network operators are often finding that third-generation (3G) networks are not equipped to handle the load on the network, and one key problem relates to signaling. Today’s smartphones include applications that can request data from the network every few minutes, and this number of radio authentication requests can easily overwhelm the radio access and core network elements involved with authentication, encryption, and billing systems. As a result, mobile operators face the prospect of needing to continually increase the capacity of network equipment.

Mobile network offloading over Wi-Fi access networks can offer a cost-effective alternative, and operators need an AAA solution that can support this capability.

Cisco Prime Access Registrar consists of a RADIUS/Diameter AAA server designed from the ground up for scalability and extensibility for deployment in complex service provider environments including integration with external data stores and systems and multivendor network access servers. Session and resource management tools track user sessions and allocate dynamic resources to support new subscriber service introductions. The solution supports service provider deployment of access services by centralizing AAA information and simplifying provisioning and management. See Figure 1.

Figure 1. Cisco Prime Access Registrar Provides Scalable, Flexible, Intelligent AAA Services

 

Features and Benefits

Cisco Prime Access Registrar:

  • Supports a broad range of wireline and wireless access technologies like Service Provider Wi-Fi (seamless wireless data offload), VoWiFi, femtocell, LTE, DSL, Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service (UMTS), wireless LAN (WLAN), iDen, WiMAX, dialup, Connected Grid, and others. By helping to enable standardization on a common 3GPP-compliant AAA server platform, the solution delivers operational and capital expense savings while providing flexibility to the service provider regarding choice in AAA.
  • Provides support for a wide variety of authentication protocols, such as Password Authentication Protocol (PAP), Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP), and Extensible Authentication Protocols (EAP), including EAP-SIM, EAP-AKA, and EAP-AKA-PRIME (EAP-AKA’) over M3UA/SIGTRAN (ITU and ANSI variant) and SWx, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, EAP-MSCHAPv2, EAP-GTC, PEAPv0, PEAPv1, LEAP, EAP-FAST, with the ability to extend to others such as POP3 through custom services for meeting unique requirements.
  • Provides extensive subscriber data store support including an internal database and integration with existing external databases including Oracle, MySQL, and Open Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (OpenLDAP) through the use of connectivity mechanisms such as Open Database Connectivity (ODBC), Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), Oracle Call Interface (OCI), and Java Database Connectivity (JDBC). This integration support is schema independent, simplifying deployment and day-to-day operations, providing OpEx savings by using existing infrastructure, and helping to support networks with tens of millions of subscribers.
  • Provides scalability to support large service deployments. This true 64-bit application can take advantage of 64-bit architecture when used in 64-bit compatible hardware and host OS. An external session manager allows tens of millions of simultaneous active sessions. Additionally, the multithreaded architecture provides performance that scales with additional CPUs.
  • Efficiently manages resource use with real-time session management to track user sessions and dynamically allocate resources like IP addresses (to support centralized IP address assignment) or user/group session limits (to support enforcement across access devices, access technologies, and multiple servers). The session manager also facilitates new revenue streams by helping to enable service enhancements such as reduced sign-on, personalization, and enhanced video delivery through consolidation of subscriber and network state data into one common session data store.
  • Gives service providers an off-the-shelf, standards-based RADIUS/Diameter server that offers the flexibility and extensibility previously available only by maintaining internally built versions of public-domain RADIUS/Diameter software. With extension point scripting (EPS), the solution can be customized to meet unique business, regulatory, and technical requirements. EPS allows users to interact with request processing and communicate with Cisco Prime Access Registrar at numerous API points to develop and deploy custom logic for user authentication, authorization, or accounting.
  • Provides broad integration support: Reduces operational costs and speeds service rollout by supporting integration with provisioning, billing, and other service-management components. A billing interface allows billing vendors to integrate their systems into Cisco Prime Access Registrar for prepaid functionality, such that service providers may offer prepaid data or usage-based premium services while reusing their existing billing system and protecting their investments.

 

Additional features and benefits of the AAA server include:

  • Industry-leading RADIUS performance/transaction rate to handle the busiest networks
  • Replication of the internal database, allowing multiple servers to be similarly configured for centralized management and ease of use
  • Support for virtualization technologies: VMware ESXi.5.1, improving scale and availability and helping to enable server footprint reduction and efficient use of resources
  • IPv4 and IPv6 support
  • Option for end-to-end Cisco solution including software, Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS®) hardware and professional services
  • Resilience and reliability through server, remote system, and process system redundancy; automatic server restart; and Veritas and RHEL clustering for high availability
  • Support for SP Wi-Fi/hotspot markets (seamless wireless data offload, VoWiFi) including authentication for data access against the newer generation subscriber database Home Subscriber Service (HSS) and the ability to interface directly with the Home Location Register through M3UA/SIGTRAN
  • High performance AAA support for authenticating smart meters on a Connected Grid network
  • Translation of incoming RADIUS requests and responses to Diameter and vice versa, which allows integration of RADIUS-only clients with a Diameter based network

 

About Cisco Prime

The Cisco Prime portfolio of IT and service provider management offerings empowers organizations to more effectively manage their networks and the services they deliver. Built on a service-centered foundation, Cisco Prime supports integrated lifecycle management through an intuitive workflow-oriented user experience, providing A-to-Z management for evolved programmable networks, mobility, video, cloud, and managed services.

 

Cisco Services

Cisco offers a wide range of services programs to accelerate customer success. These innovative services programs are delivered through a unique combination of people, processes, tools, and partners, resulting in high levels of customer satisfaction. Cisco services help you to protect your network investment, optimize network operations, and prepare the network for new applications to extend network intelligence and the power of your business. For more information about Cisco services, see Cisco Technical Support Services or Cisco Advanced Services.

Cisco Prime for Evolved Programmable Networks

Cisco Prime for Evolved Programmable Networks (EPN) simplifies the management of Carrier Ethernet, Unified MPLS, converged IP-optical transport and cable access networks through integrated and automated execution of lifecycle tasks, including service design, fulfillment, assurance and analysis. It is a comprehensive solution providing end to end management, spanning the access, aggregation and core networks.

 

Cisco Prime for EPN includes the following:

Cisco Prime Central provides centralized access to all components of the Cisco Prime for EPN suite, with single view of integrated operator workflows, common inventory and event/alarm management, and standard interfaces for easy OSS integration.

Cisco Prime Provisioning accelerates service deployments by providing automated resource management and rapid, profile-based provisioning.

Cisco Prime Performance Manager gathers performance statistics for Cisco and multivendor network devices, providing actionable information for the entire network.

Cisco Prime Optical provides scalable configuration, provisioning and troubleshooting of converged IP and optical transport networks.

Cisco Prime Network offers comprehensive service assurance and device management for the packet/IP domain with advanced capabilities including virtual connectivity discovery, root-cause identification, topology-driven troubleshooting, alarm reduction through topology-based correlation and de-duplication.

 

Features and Benefits

Cisco Prime for EPN provides the following features and benefits:

  • Accelerated service deployment: Significantly reduce the time to deploy services through automated network configuration and point-and-click provisioning.
  • Lower capital expenditure (CapEx): Maximize the value of the existing investment in network infrastructure through efficient utilization of network resources and assets.
  • Reduce operating expenses (OpEx): Lower operating costs through a central point of access that enables efficient execution design, fulfillment, assurance, and analysis tasks.
  • Improve quality of service (QoS): Enhance customer experience and meet stringent service-level agreements (SLAs) through rapid fault isolation and repair of network issues.
  • Increase operational efficiency: Promote consistencies in management of services through seamless integration between domain managers and service lifecycle management applications.

 

Specifications at a Glance

  • Automatic discovery and unified, granular network visibility
  • Policy-based provisioning for TDM, DWDM, Carrrier Ethernet, MPLS, and MPLS-TP deployments
  • Automated change and configuration management and service assurance
  • Fault monitoring and management for Cisco Cable Modem Termination Systems (CMTS) and RF Gateway

 

Cisco Evolved Programmable Network Manager

Simplified, Converged, Multilayer Management

Cisco Evolved Programmable Network Manager is an element and network management system solution. It provides simplified, converged, end-to-end lifecycle management for carrier-grade networks of all sizes. Businesses can improve agility and operational efficiencies through automated device operations, fast provisioning, and proactive assurance.

Features and Capabilities

Evolved Programmable Network Manager is a single application that provides integrated lifecycle management of carrier-grade networks. It is a flexible, end-to-end solution for managing the Cisco Evolved Programmable Network, including compute, storage, and network activities.

 

Evolved Programmable Network Manager helps service providers:

Improve Business Agility

Reduce time-to-market of network services, and time from device introduction or features updates to actual network deployment. Deliver frequent, domain-specific content asynchronous from the management platform.

Increase Operational Efficiencies

Quickly identify affected circuits and virtual connections through automated provisioning of services. Resolve network issues faster.

Simplify Networks with a Single-Product Experience

Benefit from a shared information model, consistent workflows and UI, and easier deployment.

Reduce Total Cost of Ownership

Get integrated, end-to-end management for the entire carrier network, supporting multiple domains, right out-of-the-box.