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Cisco Connected Grid Network Management System

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Cisco Network Management System

Learn about the benefits of Cisco Network Management System. (5:02 min)

End-to-End Connected Grid Network Management

Cisco Connected Grid Network Management System helps utilities transform their operations (like smart metering, distribution automation, and substations) for the smart grid with unified network management. With this system, utility operations share a converged IP-based communications network, and thus manage millions of grid endpoint devices

Cisco Connected Grid Network Management System is a software platform that helps to enable a clear separation between communications network management and utility operational applications. These include Distribution Management System (DMS), Outage Management System (OMS), and Meter Data Management (MDM).

You can use this software platform to manage a multiservice network and security infrastructure for the smart grid, including smart metering or advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution automation, distributed intelligence, and substation automation. It is a highly secure, scalable, modular software platform with a pluggable architecture. This helps enable network connectivity to a multivendor ecosystem of legacy and next-generation power grid devices.

Features and Capabilities

Connected Grid Network Management System provides highly secure, fully automated commissioning for Cisco Connected Grid 1000 Series Routers and Cisco IPv6 RF Mesh-Enabled Smart Meters (an ecosystem partner device) and RF Mesh Range extenders (also an ecosystem partner device). Other features include:

  • Geographic Information System (GIS) map-based, visualization, monitoring, troubleshooting, and alarm notifications
  • Group-based configuration management for field-area routers and smart meter endpoints
  • Rule-engine infrastructure for customizable threshold-based alarm processing and event generation
  • North-bound integration API for transparent integration with utility head-end and operational systems
  • High availability and disaster recovery

Recommended Hardware Specifications

The following hardware is recommended for managing field-area networks with up to 500,000 smart meters that are embedded with a Cisco IPv6 RF Mesh endpoint software stack.

Hardware Server Operating System Hardware Profile, Software and Network connectivity requirement
Connected Grid Network Management Application Server Software Red Hat Enterprise 5.2 or later 2 CPU - Intel Dual core Xeon x5000 series, with 16 GB RAM
Connected Grid Network Management Database Server (Oracle) Red Hat Enterprise 5.2 or later Oracle 11g Enterprise Edition 11 with Replication Intel Dual core Xeon x5000 series with 192 GB RAM 1 TB or more, 10K+ RPM disk, RAID 10 configuration
Web Browser Client N/A Microsoft Internet Explorer Access to Internet (for GIS Map Access)

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