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Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution 4.1

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Product Overview

Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution (LMS) delivers powerful network lifecycle management by simplifying the configuration, administration, monitoring, and troubleshooting of Cisco networks. This innovative solution offers end-to-end management for business critical technologies and services, such as, medianet, TrustSec, and EnergyWise. Cisco Prime LMS 4.1 improves the overall user experience, providing new workflows that are built on functional partitioning and that align the product with the way network operators do their jobs. Once installed, prepackaged monitoring and troubleshooting dashboards provide actionable information to quickly isolate and fix network problems before they affect services. Configuring and deploying updates to the network has never been easier with the Template Center, which now incorporates Cisco Smart Business Architecture (SBA) templates that are based upon Cisco Validated Designs, simplifying platform and technology rollout and reducing the chance for errors. Work Centers provide a single area where guided workflows give step-by-step instructions to help operators quickly provision, monitor, and manage new Cisco value-added technologies and solutions, such as medianet, EnergyWise, TrustSec/Identity, Auto Smartports, and Smart Install. See Figure 1.

Figure 1. Cisco Prime LMS 4.1

About Cisco Prime Products

The Cisco Prime portfolio of enterprise and service provider management offerings supports integrated lifecycle management of Cisco architectures and technologies based on a network services management foundation. Built on an intuitive workflow-oriented user experience, Cisco Prime products help increase IT productivity and reduce operations costs through innovative management solutions for the network services, infrastructure, and endpoints. For more information about Cisco Prime, please visit http://www.cisco.com/go/prime.

A New Management Paradigm

Cisco Prime LMS has evolved from a collection of individual products into a seamless set of integrated management functions based upon the way network managers do their work. Organizing the product based on management function simplifies the overall user experience by reducing the need to cross application boundaries to complete a specific management task. Workflows are self-contained and all required functionality is maintained within a functional area. Table 1 lists the major functional areas.

Table 1. Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution Major Functional Areas

Functional Area

Description

Monitoring and troubleshooting

Quickly and proactively identify and fix network problems before they affect end users or services

Centralized fault and event browser (consolidated, syslog, traps, and events and alarms)
Quick navigation and “hover-over” to identify problem areas
Embedded troubleshooting workflow for quick problem isolation and remediation
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)-based polling to identify availability and performance issues
Medianet dashboard provides fault and availability statistics of medianet endpoints and devices
IPSLA video operations help validate whether the network is ready for video and rich media applications
Smart Interaction for contextual Cisco Service Request creation and Cisco Support Community searches

Configuration management

Configuration backup, software image management, compliance, and change management required to maintain and update network devices

Cisco best practices configuration templates - deploy full or partial configurations based on Cisco validated designs and Cisco Smart Business Architecture recommendations
Dynamic guided workflows reduce chance for errors
Extensible configuration library, new updates, and configurations templates can easily be downloaded from Cisco.com, including the SBA templates
Integration with Cisco Configuration Professional to assist with multidevice deployment of configuration files generated by Cisco Configuration Professional through LMS configuration templates and scheduler

Inventory

Complete and thorough inventory of all Cisco equipment details - chassis, module, interface

Provides a single menu for discovery status, device status, user tracking, and inventory dashboards
Support for more than 600 Cisco device types
Day-one device support allows new device packages to be downloaded the day the platform ships

Reporting

All reports are centralized in a single menu, simplifying navigation and access to detailed reports and information

Inventory, end-of-sale, Cisco Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT), configuration and compliance, user tracking, and all other Cisco Prime LMS reports are represented in a consolidated menu
Reports can be easily scheduled to run immediately or daily, weekly, or monthly and can be viewed online or optionally exported to a file or comma-separated value (CSV) file

Work Centers

End-to-end lifecycle management of Cisco value-added technologies - deployment, monitoring, and management of medianet, EnergyWise, TrustSec/Identity, Auto Smartports, Smart Install

Getting started workflows provide simplified configuration and setup of infrastructure for supporting Cisco technologies
Dashboards provide up-to-date status on configuration, inventory, and monitoring for troubleshooting purposes

Administration

Getting started and improved workflows simplify application setup and administration

All administrative functions for setting up and configuring the application are centralized for easier access

Using Cisco Prime LMS 4.1 to Manage Borderless Networks

The ability to manage any Cisco platform, anytime, anywhere, to deploy new Cisco technologies and services, and to integrate with third-party management platforms is key to lowering overall operating expenses (OpEx) while improving network availability. Cisco Prime LMS 4.1 will help simplify managing borderless networks in the following ways:

Reduces operating expenses: Network management has traditionally been burdened with being too complex and expensive to maintain. Required tasks such as installing management software, configuring and setting up the platform, and discovering the network, coupled with the need for multiple disparate applications with high maintenance costs, made manageability a time-consuming and expensive proposition for most enterprise customers. As a result, many customers gave up, walked away frustrated, and failed to use the features available or to realize any reduction in their overall OpEx. Cisco Prime LMS 4.1 provides a getting started guided workflow to simplify the initial setup, reducing the time required to operationalize the product. Automonitoring features help enable immediate value right out of the box, providing real-time dashboards for quickly isolating and troubleshooting network- and device-related problems immediately after the product is installed.

Simplifies deployment of new technologies: Cisco provides unparalleled value in the features and capabilities of its hardware platforms that further differentiate Cisco from the competition. Difficulties with deploying and managing differentiated features have made it challenging for some customers to take full advantage of the value. With the delivery of new Cisco switching and routing platforms, new capabilities are being introduced, such as medianet, EnergyWise, TrustSec/Identity, Smart Install, and Auto Smartports. These capabilities further differentiate Cisco from its competitors. Cisco Prime LMS simplifies deployment of these new technologies through a new concept known as Work Centers. Work Centers provide a single consolidated user experience for the deployment and complete lifecycle management of new Cisco technologies.

Provides comprehensive device coverage: To manage a borderless network effectively, device coverage is essential, no matter where the device is located. Cisco Prime LMS provides support for more than 600 different Cisco hardware platforms, from an 800 Series Router to Cisco Nexus® switches, a CRS-1, and everything in between. No other product in the industry provides the breadth and depth of support for Cisco platforms. The Cisco Prime Day-one device support program helps to ensure that when a new platform ships from Cisco, manageability support in Cisco Prime LMS is available at the same time.

Complete lifecycle management: Maintaining and managing the many services associated with a borderless network require a good foundation for dealing with the core network infrastructure and day-to-day tasks associated with lifecycle management. Cisco Prime LMS provides the functionality required to perform the day-to-day tasks, including discovery, monitoring and troubleshooting, configuration and change management, autoremediation, and inventory and compliance reporting.

Cisco Prime LMS 4.1 Features, Functions, Benefits

Table 2 lists the features, functions, and benefits of Cisco Prime LMS 4.1.

Table 2. Cisco Prime LMS 4.1 Features, Functions, and Benefits

Feature

Function

Benefit

Simplified installation and setup

Flexible server OS support, including a new Linux-based virtual appliance
Unattended install
Getting started workflow
User-guided wizards
Predefined default settings
Automonitor, provides immediate “Day-one” default polling
Improves time to deploy and reduces errors typically associated with installation for quick error-free implementation
Provides immediate value with little user intervention and setup

Improved user experience

Cisco Prime user interface
Expanded search feature to find device or product features quickly
Functionality-oriented navigation and operations
Navigation assistance for existing LMS users - legacy menu
User-centered workflows
Ease-of-deployment features
Intuitive simple user experience with immediate access to key management data reduces the time required to learn the product and perform frequently used tasks
Operational alignment and guided workflows provide immediate return on investment (ROI)
Comprehensive help with video on demand reduces the need for training, saving money and time required to learn the product

Extensibility

Flexible web-based portal framework
Create user-defined views
Lightweight HTML interface
Helps enable end-user customization to meet operational and end-user management requirements and integration with other web-based management products

Real-time monitoring

Dashboards allow for real-time performance and event monitoring
Consolidated alarm browser
Proactive notification of issues to quickly fix problems before they affect services or users

Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting assistant with guided workflows
“Hover-over” details allows quick access to additional troubleshooting tools, Telnet, Device Center, CiscoView
Smart Interactions for contextual TAC case creation and Cisco Support Community interaction
Simplifies troubleshooting, reducing the time required to fix network-related issues
Fast and easy access to quickly launch other tools for problem isolation and remediation
Smartly tap into the Cisco Support Community knowledge base, streamline interactions with TAC

Configuration

Configuration archive and change management
Cisco best practices configuration templates
Dynamic guided workflows
Cisco Smart Business Architecture templates
Extensible configuration library; new updates and configurations can be added from Cisco.com
Provides complete configuration and change management, reducing error-prone tasks and quickly identifying changes to help ensure network availability
More quickly and reliably utilize Cisco best practices
Cisco validated design helps ensure integrity of configuration changes reducing the chance for error

Work Centers

EnergyWise

TrustSec/Identity

Auto Smartports

Smart Install

Medianet

Getting started - overview and initial configuration
Status and monitoring dashboard
Readiness assessment and remediation
Day-1-to-N management tasks
Simplifies the deployment of advanced Cisco technologies, reducing time and expertise required
Detailed assessment of network readiness allows for improved planning and upgrades for deploying new technologies and solutions

Comprehensive device support

Detailed network inventory and management support for more than 600 Cisco platforms
Day-one device support
Provides immediate manageability for new platforms the day they ship helping enable immediate value and support for new device deployment

Open extensible framework

Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) interface
Open APIs
Allows for integration with other third-party management applications
Provides open access to data for reporting and other purposes

Operating System Requirements

Cisco Prime LMS 4.1 supports the operating systems listed in Table 3.

Table 3. Operating Systems Supported by Cisco Prime LMS 4.1

Operating System

Requirements

Virtual Appliance

LMS 4.1 Virtual Appliance requires one of the following virtualization systems:

VMware ESX server 4.1
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi server 4.1)

Windows

LMS 4.1 supports the following Windows systems:

Windows 2008 Server Standard Edition Release 1 with Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2
Windows 2008 Enterprise Edition Release 1 with Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2

Note Both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems are supported on the above versions

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition

Note Only 64-bit operating systems are supported on the above versions

LMS 4.1 supports the following virtualization systems for Windows:

VMware ESX server 3.0.x
VMware ESX Server 3.5.x
VMware ESX Server 4.0.x
VMware ESX Server 4.1
VMware ESXi Server 4.0
VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi Server 4.1)
Hyper V Virtualization (As an installable in Windows 2008)

Note: VMware and Hyper V virtualization systems are not supported for the LMS 5000, and LMS 10,000 devices licenses

Solaris

LMS 4.1 supports the following Solaris 10 releases:

Solaris 10, 10/09 release
Solaris 10, 05/09 release
Solaris 10, 10/08 release
Solaris 10, 05/08 release
Solaris 10, 08/07 release
Solaris 10, 11/06 release

Solaris Zones (supported from Solaris 10)

LMS 4.1 is installed on the global zone of the Solaris 10 operating system by default

LMS 4.1 also supports installing LMS in the whole-root non-global zone

Sparse root zone is not supported

There is no specific hardware or software requirement for zone support. LMS works in the same way in non-global zones as it does in the global zone

LMS 4.1 also supports logical domains (LDOMs) and the ZFS file system

See the LMS 4.1 installation guide for more information on Solaris patches to be installed on these operating systems

NOTE: With the introduction of the Linux-based Virtual Appliance in this release, future releases of Cisco Prime LMS will no longer include support for Solaris operating systems. It is highly recommended that customers using the Solaris version of this product consider validating the Virtual Appliance version to facilitate future transition.

Refer to the LMS 4.1 installation guide at http://www.cisco.com/go/lms for server and client system requirements.

Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Support

Cisco Prime LMS 4.1 is supported on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) B-series blade servers (B200-M1 or M2 and B250-M1 or M2) and C-series rack-mount servers (C200-M1 or M2, C210-M1or M2, and C250-M1 or M2 and UCS C460). The server requirement on UCS blade servers and rack-mount servers remains the same as the server requirements on Windows systems.

The supported processor in UCS B-series blade servers is Intel Xeon 5500 or 5600 Series processors. For more information see http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/ps10265/ps10280/data_sheet_c78-524797_ps10279_Products_Data_Sheet.html.

The supported processor in UCS C-series rack-mount servers is Intel Xeon 5500 or 5600 Series processors with their choices mentioned explicitly. For more information see http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10493/products_data_sheets_list.html.

Refer to the LMS 4.1 installation guide at http://www.cisco.com/go/lms for more details.

Ordering Information

Cisco Prime LMS 4.1 can be ordered through regular Cisco sales and distribution channels worldwide. To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering Homepage.

Cisco Prime LMS 4.1 availability, ordering and licensing options are described in the Cisco Prime LMS 4.1 product bulletin at http://www.cisco.com/go/lms.

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Warranty Coverage and Technical Service Options

Cisco Prime LMS 4.1 comes with the Cisco 90-day software warranty. Purchasing an application support service provides benefits not available with warranty including access to maintenance and minor updates, online resources, and Technical Assistance Center support services. Table 4 shows the technical services available for Cisco Prime LMS 4.1.

For more information about Cisco warranties, go to http://www.cisco.com/go/warranty.

For information about Cisco Technical Services, go to http://www.cisco.com/go/ts.

Table 4. Cisco Technical Services for Cisco Prime LMS 4.1

Technical Services

Cisco Software Application Support (SAS)

Application software maintenance and minor updates
Around-the-clock, global access to Cisco TAC engineers with specialized application software expertise
Unrestricted access to the extensive Cisco.com resources, communities, and tools

For More Information

For more information about Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/lms, contact your local Cisco account representative, or send an email to the product marketing group at ask-lms-team@cisco.com.