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Cisco Mobile Wireless Fault Mediator 3.3

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DATA SHEET

Cisco Systems® announces the availability of the Cisco® Mobile Wireless Fault Mediator (MWFM) 3.3 release which is part of the Mobile Wireless Center for Cisco Mobile Exchange suite of applications that complements the CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution (LMS) to provide end-to-end management of the Cisco Mobile Exchange. The Mobile Wireless Center for Cisco Mobile Exchange addresses the element-management requirements of mobile operators and provides fault and configuration capability as mobile operators transition their wireless service delivery networks from second-generation (2G) circuit-based traffic to 2.5G and third-generation (3G) IP-based services.

A typical IP-based mobile wireless network built around Cisco Mobile Exchange is represented in Figure 1, where the Cisco General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)/Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service (UMTS) solution helps enable mobile operators to provide packet data service to their wireless subscribers.
In this context, Cisco MWFM is a feature-rich, device-layer solution that provides alarm filtering and correlation of Cisco Mobile Exchange devices such as the Cisco Packet Data Serving Node (PDSN) or the Cisco Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN). Cisco MWFM uses complex mathematics to solve the change-monitoring problem, allowing network-management products such as a fault-related Manager of Manager to support networks that are experiencing the phenomenal growth imposed by the  boom in mobile Internet traffic.

Figure 1. Mobile Wireless Center in a Cisco Mobile Exchange-Based Network/GPRS Network

FEATURES

The Cisco MWFM architecture is based on Micromuse Precision fault-management technologies, adapted to the Cisco Mobile Exchange environment.

Discovery and Topology

The Cisco MWFM discovery engine finds all Cisco Mobile Exchange nodes, such as Cisco Packet Data Serving Node (PDSN), Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN), or Cisco Content Service Gateway (CSG), capturing not only what is present, but also the port-to-port connectivity between devices on the Cisco Mobile Exchange network. This information is stored in a database designed to allow rapid storage, retrieval, and updating of  data concerning connectivity between devices.
Cisco MWFM consistently provides an accurate logical representation of the network topology. Even as the network evolves, ongoing passive discovery detects when new Cisco Mobile Exchange devices are added and triggers a partial rediscovery of that portion of the network.

Policy-Based Management

Cisco MWFM uses a policy-based management system where all aspects of the network are controlled and administered from a single point. This approach relies on active object classes (AOCs) to monitor network elements and define polling requirements. AOCs describe how to identify devices, determine connectivity, and monitor the devices for problems.
Cisco MWFM can perform aggregated polling, which consolidates polling requests for multiple applications, thereby minimizing the unnecessary use of network and device bandwidth. To further minimize unnecessary polling, Cisco MWFM uses caching technology to store the most recent device information. Standard polling methods include Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) ping and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). Cisco MWFM monitoring also accepts SNMP traps and reads device syslog files.

Application Support

For many service providers, the migration toward mobile Internet networks creates a unique management problem. Large investments in traditional systems must be taken advantage of while continuing the migration toward mobile wireless IP environments. In these mixed environments, the issue becomes how to transparently manage the mix of technologies while continuing to deliver the highest level of service availability. The flexible and open nature of Cisco MWFM provides effortless integration with popular fault Managers of Manger, such as the Cisco Information Center or HP OpenView.

A New Foundation

Designed as an application system within the Mobile Wireless for Cisco Mobile Exchange suite of applications, Cisco MWFM is uniquely capable of serving as the central fault-monitoring component at the element-management layer for Cisco Mobile Wireless solutions. For network administrators, this means less time spent writing rules and building intelligence into the network management system and significant gains in network availability. Figure 2 provides an example of the Cisco MWFM alarm console interface.

Figure 2. Cisco MWFM Alarm Console GUI

KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS

Table 1 describes the benefits of the Cisco MWFM when deployed as part of an element manager system (EMS) infrastructure.

Table 1. Features and Benefits of the Cisco MWFM

Cisco MWFM Feature

Description

Benefit

Autodiscovery

Automatically discovers Cisco mobile wireless-device network connections and changes, while monitoring element status, including neighboring Cisco Catalyst switches

• Provides a near real-time model of the Cisco wireless network
• Eliminates manual update of network inventory
Complex Alarm Gathering Mechanism
• SNMP traps
• MIB threshold violation
• ICMP polling
• Syslog messages
• No additional configuration needed in the device
• Monitors key metrics in a preventive fashion and alerts network management system (NMS) before condition negatively impacts the network performance
• Ensures that devices are available
Multiple NMS Support

Alarms can be forwarded to multiple NMSs based on user-defined attributes

Allows a flexible integration with the ISP's network operations center (NOC) architecture

Robust Transport Trap Mechanism

New trap field with unique and sequential ID number

Allows traditional OSS to retrieve any missed alarms

Alarm Filtering

Alarms can be filtered by alarm severity, device type, or alarm field

Empowers users to receive only the alarms that interest them and hide the remaining ones from view

Correlation
• Alarm de-duplication
• Reachability and device-level correlation, including Hot Standby Routing Protocol (HSRP) support
• Prevents users from being overflowed, particularly during alarm storms
• Provides the probable root cause of alarms to the user, eliminating the guesswork of troubleshooting network outage
Integration with Cisco OSS and Fault Manager of Manager
• Powerful query mechanism provides a synchronization facility with traditional OSS
• Provides a standard Java API, and automates configuration and alarm synchronization between Cisco MWFM and OSS

In case of missed alarms or OSS crashing, users can retrieve list of all active alarms through a Java API synchronization mechanism

CiscoWorks LMS-Based GUI

User-friendly GUI that displays active alarm view window; operators can double- click on a row for a detailed view of trap

Significantly reduces time to deployment with ready-to-use GUI

AOC Policy Manager

Configuration GUI that allow user to define rule sets

Removes the complexity of modifying default correlation rules with a graphical interface

Enhanced Configuration Tool

Operators define discovery scope and other network parameters intuitively with new configuration

Eliminates installation configuration complexity and accelerates the time to monitor the network so downtime can be minimized

Heartbeat

GUI and Java API tool to indicate health of the different Cisco MWFM processes

Provides an early warning system so technical support team can proactively troubleshoot Cisco MWFM

Trap Multiplexer Mechanism

Operators can set Cisco MWFM to forward, as is, all traps received from the devices to the NMS

Operators can choose to analyze device alarms without the correlation applied

Standards-Compliant

SNMP Version 1 (SNMPv1) traps

Cisco MWFM traps are forwarded to OSS based on SNMP standard

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Cisco MWFM supports the following Cisco Mobile Exchange devices (Table 2).

Table 2. Supported Cisco Mobile Exchange Devices

Device

Cisco IOS® Software Release

Cisco Hardware

Cisco PDSN 2.1

12.3(11)YF or later

Cisco 7206 Router or Cisco 6500/7600 Series Multiprocessor WAN Application Module (MWAM)

Cisco Home Agent 2.0

12.3(11)YF or later

Cisco 7206 or MWAM

Cisco GGSN 5.0

12.3(8)XU3 or later

Cisco 7206 or MWAM

Cisco GGSN 5.1

12.3(11)YJ or later

Cisco 7206 or MWAM

Cisco Service Selection Gateway (SSG) 1.2

12.3(11)T4 or later

Cisco 7206 or MWAM

Cisco CSG 5.3

12.2(17d)SXB01

CSG card

Cisco CSG 5.4

12.2(17d)SXB5

CSG card

Cisco CSG 5.5

12.2(18)SXD3

CSG card

Predefined Correlation Rules

• Alarm de-duplication

• Root-alarm determination

• Cisco Mobile Exchange Correlation Rules

Compliance

• SNMPv1 trap format

• X.733 alarm severity Format

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Tables 3-5 list the system requirements for the server, client, and browser.

Table 3. Sun Server System Requirements

Requirement Type

Minimum Requirement

System Hardware

Dual processor UltraSPARC III or IIIi

Clock Speed 1 GHz

RAM 4 GB

Swap Space

8 GB

Disk Drives

Dual 40+GB SCSI or FC-AL drives

Network Adapter

Suggested 100 MB or more

Operating System

Solaris 8

CiscoWorks LMS for Coexistence

2.2 with IDU 11

Table 4. Client Requirements

Requirement Type

Minimum Requirement

System Hardware
• IBM system with at least a 300 MHz Pentium processor running Windows Professional, or Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1)
• Sun SPARC Ultra 101 running Solaris 2.7, Solaris 2.8
Memory (RAM)

256 MB

Available Disk Space

40 GB

Operating Environment
• Sun Solaris 8
• Windows XP or Windows 2000 Professional
Swap Space

Space equal to twice the amount of memory (RAM)

Java Runtime Environment (JRE)
• Java Virtual Machine (JVM) 5.0.0.3802 and later
• Java Plug-in version 1.4.1_02

Table 5. Supported Browsers

Browser

Browser Version

Operating System

Internet Explorer
• 6.0 (version 6.0.2600.0000)
• 6.0 SP1(version 6.0.2800.1106)

Windows 2000 or Windows XP

Netscape Navigator*

7.1, 4.78, and 4.79

Windows 2000 or Windows XP

Netscape Navigator*

7.0 and 4.76

Solaris 8

* The Java plugin version must be 1.4.1_02.

ORDERING INFORMATION

The Cisco Mobile Wireless Fault Mediator 3.3 and related upgrade for CiscoWorks for Mobile Wireless customers and for Mobile Wireless Center for Cisco Mobile Exchange 2.0 customers is available for purchase through regular Cisco sales and distribution channels worldwide. To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering Home Page.

SERVICE AND SUPPORT

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information about the Cisco Mobile Wireless Fault Mediator, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/mwc-cmx or contact your local account representative or send an e-mail to the Customer Support group at cs-mwc@cisco.com.
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