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Cisco Prime Central Data Sheet

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Product Overview

Cisco Prime Central provides centralized access to all components of the Cisco Prime Carrier Management suite of applications, to help service providers simplify the lifecycle management of evolved programmable networks (EPNs) and services. Tight integration among the domain managers helps operators to seamlessly and efficiently execute lifecycle tasks - including design, fulfillment, assurance, and analysis. (Refer to Figure 1.) This comprehensive and integrated approach to management helps enable service providers to accelerate time to market of revenue-generating services and provide outstanding quality of service (QoS) to help minimize customer churn. Cisco Prime Central offers unified management of the entire network - from access to the data center - greatly improving operational efficiencies and lowering costs.

Figure 1.      Cisco Prime Central Helps Enable Seamless and Efficient Execution of Service Lifecycle Tasks Through an Integrated Approach to Management

Features and Benefits

Features

   Out-of-the-box integration with Cisco Prime Carrier Management suite components, including Cisco Prime Provisioning, Cisco Prime Performance Manager, Cisco Prime Network, and Cisco Prime Optical

   Single sign-on access to cross-domain operator workflows with point-and-click provisioning, troubleshooting, and performance analysis

   Secure administrative management and control

   Data center dashboard and interface that facilitate customer and service impact analysis

   Automatic failover for local faults and geographic disaster recovery (DR) in both physical and virtual environments

   Support for standards-based northbound interfaces (NBIs) and integration “probes”

Benefits

   Simplified operations through unified management of access, transport, and data center networks

   Redirected assets for operating expenses (OpEx) to strategy and planning for new revenue streams

   Increased operational efficiencies through workflow consistencies and centralized management

   Enhanced business continuity through operational redundancy

   Reduced overhead and time for integration with operations support systems (OSSs) and other third-party products

Detailed Features and Benefits

Table 1 outlines more detailed features and benefits of Cisco Prime Central.

Table 1.       Features and Benefits

Feature

Details

Benefit

Architecture

Web-based interface

  Consistent “look-and-feel” across workflow, processes, and tools
  Support for both traditional three-tier and Reach Internet Application (RIA) architectures
  Support for most popular web/application servers (including Apache Tomcat)
  Eliminates the need to install client applications and manage upgrades on multiple client machines
  Provides quick and easy access to components of the suite and the lifecycle service management tasks

Hardware platform

  Certified on Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating systems
  Ability to run on both virtualized (tested on the VMware ESXi hypervisor) and bare-metal (nonvirtualized) machines for large-scale deployments
  Offers deployment flexibility

Secure User Management and Administration

Single sign-on access to fully integrated cross-domain operator workflows

  Seamless access to the management components upon user authentication through a portal
  Point-and-click provisioning and centralized execution of service lifecycle management tasks
  No requirement for further authorization to access the different applications that are part of the Cisco Prime Carrier Management suite
  Integration with external authentication servers, supporting Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), TACACS+, and RADIUS plug-ins
  Integration with Cisco ® InTracer, a high-performance troubleshooting tool that provides critical session and application information, utilizing the data collection capabilities of the ASR 5000 mobile multimedia gateway platform
  Provides simplified security through a central point of access for authentication and authorization control
  Increases operational efficiencies
  Accelerates deployment of services
  Helps improve mobile service performance and meet stringent service-level agreements (SLAs)

Common user management services with role-based access control (RBAC)

  Assignment of user and group rights as well as association of roles/access rights to different components of the suite from a central location
  Robust mechanisms for authentication and password management
  Tracking and monitoring of executed tasks through audit logs
  Supports efficient rollout of role-based assignments for the entire suite
  Enhances security and facilitates compliance checks

Common suite administration and monitoring

  Central administrative interface for all components installed as part of the Cisco Prime Carrier Management solution
  Seamless addition of new Cisco Prime Carrier Management components; does not require reinstall of Cisco Prime Central
  Offers operational simplification through centralized monitoring of the Cisco Prime Carrier Management components
  Reduces time-to-adoption of new components

Inventory Management

Common inventory management

  A single inventory view of the entire network
  Role-based user navigation of physical inventory - all the way down to the domain manager that is managing the specific device
  Information on available/unused chassis slots and port line rates
  Advanced filtering and sorting capabilities
  Alarm information associated to inventory information
  Provides easy access to a single, detailed inventory view and the ability to use information shared by domain managers
  Prevents errors and unintended changes through role-based access and management
  Facilitates capacity planning

Grouping

  Ability to associate resource inventory to a group statically or dynamically
  Fault information reported at grouping level
  Enables user to slice and dice resources and group them in a way that is meaningful to the specific task the user is assigned to

Event/Alarm Management

Common event/alarm management

  Cross-domain event management, correlation, and de-duplication
  Single dashboard view and management of full alarm/event lifecycle without the need to access the specific domain manager
  Ability to navigate to the source domain manager for advanced troubleshooting
  Predefined reports and historical statistics, allowing operators to define user-customized reports
  Complete alarm lifecycle mapped from Cisco Prime Central to the source management application
  Drastically reduces troubleshooting time through cross-domain event management, correlation, and de-duplication, and a single dashboard view that provides detailed information on the faulty situation across all network layers of the transport network

Operational redundancy

  Automatic failover for local hardware and software faults, utilizing two dual node clusters
  Minimum disruption to the end user by allowing clusters to maintain their floating-point IP addresses
  High availability (HA) and geographic DR in both bare metal and virtualized environments
  Facilitates business continuity

Data Center

Customer and resource management

  Ability to populate customer information through the UI or northbound system
  Ability to associate customer to physical or virtual compute resources as well as to services
  Customer 360 view, which provides meaningful information associated with a customer such as performance and alarms
  Assists in applications and services assurance to help meet SLAs

Customer and service impact analysis

  Service inventory model aware alarm processing for compute, network, and storage
  Customer tagging for impact alarms
  Ability to navigate from customer/service impact alarm to root-cause analysis/symptom events
  Association of virtual machines (VMs) with customer information
  Assists in application and service assurance to help meet SLAs

Data center dashboard

  Prebuilt dashboard for compute, network, and storage list and detailed views
  360-degree view: VM, hypervisor, cluster, storage, and virtual private network (VPN)
  “Top 5” reports on CPU/memory/IO latency/alarms
  Alarm and performance data available at fingertips
  Helps provide infrastructure assurance, optimize use of network resources, and assist in future capacity planning

OSS and Small Cell Integration

MTOSI 2.0 NBIs with OSSs

  Data model based on TM Forum standards
  MTOSI 2.0 standards-based APIs for physical inventory
  Reduces time and cost of integration with external OSSs
  Simplifies integration with planning and inventory systems

Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) trap forwarder (also known as SNMP gateway)

  Easy forwarding of traps to OSS applications
  Simple plug-and-play integration with IBM Tivoli Netcool applications (“Netcool ready”)
  Cross-domain correlation engine for forwarded traps
  Simplifies integration with external OSSs by reducing the flood of alarms
  Decreases time to resolution of network/service issues

Integration with Cisco Broadband Access Center for Telco and Wireless for small cell management support

  Fault collection from Cisco small cell access points
  Alarm notifications through SMS or email
  Simplifies operations through integrated fault management

System Requirements

Table 2 lists the system requirements for Cisco Prime Central.

Table 2.       Hardware, OS, Database, and Web Client Requirements

System Requirements

Description

Hardware

Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS®) B-series blade or C‑series rack-mountable server, or equivalent third-party vendor hardware platform

Virtualization

VMware ESXi 4.1/ 5.0

Operating system platform

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8, 6.4 with x86 (64 bit)

Database

Oracle 11g R2 database (external and embedded options)

Web client operating system

Windows XP (32 and 64 bit) and Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit)

Web client browser

Windows XP: Mozilla Firefox 17 Extended Support Edition (ESR), 20 or 24 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 8

Windows 7: Mozilla Firefox 17 ESR, 20, or 24 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or 9

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 EPN, mobility, video, cloud and managed services.

Services 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. Please visit the Cisco Services page on Cisco.com for more information.

Ordering Information

Cisco Prime Central is available for purchase through regular Cisco sales and distribution channels worldwide. Part numbers are listed in Table 3. To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering Homepage.

Table 3.       Ordering Information

Product Name

Part Number

Cisco Prime Central 1.x (eDelivery Option)

R-PRIME1XCENTRALK9

Cisco Prime Central 1.x (DCT Top Level Ordering Use Only)

PRIME-1XCENTRALK9

Cisco Prime Central 1.3 - Base Application

CENTRAL-1.3-K9

Cisco Prime Central 1.x - Standby Entitlement (Redundancy Only)

CENTRAL-1X-SBY

Cisco Prime Central 1.3 - Lab Application (Not for Production Use)

CENTRAL-1.3-LAB-K9

Cisco Prime Central 1.x - Tier 1 DSA

CENTRAL-1X-T1-DSA

Cisco Prime Central 1.x - Tier 1 Gateway

CENTRAL-1X-T1-GWY

Cisco Prime Central 1.x - MTOSI Northbound Interface

CENTRAL-1X-MTOSI

Cisco Prime Central 1.x - Domain Manager Probe

CENTRAL-1X-DMPROBE

Cisco Prime Central 1.x - Tier 2 Gateway

CENTRAL-1X-T2-GWY

Cisco Prime Central 1.x - Tier 3 DSA

CENTRAL-1X-T3-DSA

For More Information

For more information about Cisco Prime Central including a complete list of features and product specifications and the latest release notes, please visit http://www.cisco.com/go/primecentral or contact your local account representative.