Cisco Prime Optical

Cisco Prime Optical Data Sheet

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Manage your converged IP and optical networks with scale and efficiency.


The transition to packet transport networks from time-division multiplexing (TDM) networks introduces various operational challenges for service providers as they continue to manage both capital expenditures (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx) while adapting to changing market requirements. To help ensure profitability, business agility, and quality of service (QoS), service providers need a management system equipped to efficiently handle disparate technologies and devices that make up this complex, ever-evolving optical network.

Cisco Prime Optical meets these challenges, providing simplified management of the converged IP and optical network from access to core for efficient delivery of voice, video, mobile, and cloud services. Through automated and advanced mechanisms for configuration, provisioning, and troubleshooting, it reduces human errors and helps operators efficiently execute end-to-end circuit creation. It also manages every point of the converged network with unprecedented accuracy and scale. (Refer to Figure 1).

Figure 1. Cisco Prime Optical Functions

Cisco Prime Optical is available as a standalone product or as a component of the Cisco Prime Carrier Management suite, which provides comprehensive unified management and service lifecycle capabilities including design, fulfillment, assurance, and analysis.

Features and Benefits


Business agility: Accelerates time to market of value-added services including voice, video, and on-demand content delivery through operational scale and efficiency in network discovery, configuration, provisioning, troubleshooting, and change management

Service assurance: Helps enable rapid resolution of network issues through advanced fault diagnostics, real-time service-level agreement (SLA) performance monitoring, and security management

Lower total cost of ownership (TCO): Reduces both CapEx and OpEx through turnkey integration with the other components of the Cisco Prime Carrier Management suite and standards-based interfaces to third-party operations support system (OSS) applications


An intuitive GUI (consistent across the Cisco Prime Carrier Management suite) that promotes operator productivity and reduces training efforts

Converged support for Cisco nLight technology, TDM, dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM), and Synchronous Optical Networks Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SONET/SDH)

Standards-compliant (CORBA TMF 814 v.3) northbound interfaces (NBIs), facilitating fast and easy integration with third-party OSS software

Topology maps that display an accurate inventory of both optical and packet network devices and allow detailed drill-down to each device

Scalability with support for up to 5000 optical network elements (NEs)

Support for virtual machines, Linux, and Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS®)

Detailed Features and Benefits

Table 1 provides details on some of the key features and benefits of Cisco Prime Optical. For further details and information on the latest enhancements to this product, please refer to the Cisco Prime Optical Release Notes.

Table 1. Cisco Prime Optical Features and Benefits





Oracle embedded database

Ability to store all network information in the embedded database and interoperate seamlessly with Cisco Prime Optical without a separate license.

Reduced CapEx and OpEx

Multitechnology management

One-stop management for TDM/SONET/SDH, DWDM, and IP and optical technologies.

Ease of use with powerful optical domain management for converged technologies in a single view

IP and optical circuit provisioning

Ability to configure the physical parameters of the DWDM port and maintain the same workflow of circuit provisioning when the termination point is embedded in the router.

Improved efficiencies through end-to-end management of optical layer

Operations and Administration

Central Authentication Service (CAS)

Support for different applications to authenticate to one authoritative source of trust with a single sign-on (SSO) CAS solution.

Ease of operations

Network maps

Dockable panels displaying topology and properties
Notification bar that alerts users when changes are made to NE attributes and the map must be refreshed
Map views that can be exported as snapshots
Ability to configure the appearance of nodes, groups, and links in a network map
Link utilization visual map

Enhanced customer satisfaction through efficient network diagnostics and planning

Layer 1 circuit reports

Simple and Quick Filter - Facilitates filtering of data based on commonly encountered conditions
Custom View - Helps enable filtering of data based on operator selected conditions
Save Custom View - Saves custom views for future use, either privately or publicly
˗ Public - Contains customized view reports created by a super user
˗ Private - Contains customized view reports created by other users
Manage Custom Views - Helps enable editing and deleting of existing customized views
Auto-Refresh - Allows updating of the data that has been added without a manual refresh

Improved visibility and customization of circuit management

Virtual appliances

Preconfigured optical virtual appliances (OVA) available in open virtual machine format (OVF) for fast and easy deployment

Simplified installation

Audit log

Extensive filtering options
Customizable views to create, filter, save, copy, and manage audit logs
Configurable audit log settings

Flexibility in extracting useful information from audit logs to troubleshoot and evaluate network issues

Network maintenance operations

Support for the link maintenance report, including the following on the optical channel (OCH), OCH client connection (OCHCC), and OCH network connection (OCHNC) trail circuits:

Display of the list of protected circuits
Display of the active path on the link
Performance of the switch operations

Reduced network maintenance complexity

Fault Management

Optical impairment-aware WSON control plane as part of nLight technology for Cisco ONS 15454 MSTP optimized creation of optical paths

Traditionally, in networks with an Automatic Switched Optical Network (ASON) and a Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching Transport Profile (GMPLS) control plane, a centralized network management system is responsible for path computations and route selections, based only on topology information while photonic domain knowledge is not taken into consideration.

In contrast, the Cisco Wavelength Switched Optical Network (WSON) control plane of Cisco Prime Optical works within a distributed architecture where intelligence is embedded in NEs. It enhances GMPLS capabilities with awareness of wavelength properties and optical impairments, offering dynamic service provisioning on a flexible DWDM network.

Cisco Prime Optical introduces extensions to GMPLS that supply path computation with analysis of optical feasibility while providing protocol interoperability with the GMPLS suite.

A simplified GUI as well as script-oriented Transaction Language 1 (TL1) User-Network Interface (UNI) allows users to dynamically demand wavelength services across DWDM networks.

Elimination of the need to collect large amounts of information across the network for path computation, which is a bottleneck and source of errors that are hard to troubleshoot
Rapid restoration of services and improved network robustness to failures using fast reroute (FRR)
Fewer wavelengths and transponders needed in the network through use of reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexers (ROADMs), which directly translates into tremendous CapEx savings for operators

Circuit table

Ability to launch circuit table from the Alarm Browser window and view the circuits affected by an alarm.

Ease of operations

Configuration and Provisioning

Circuit wizard

End-to-end circuit creation using the network maps to locate the physical endpoints.

Ease of operations

Circuit enhancements

Regenerator management of OCHCC and OCHNC circuits
Auto restoration
Link management
Optical Physical Section (OPS), Optical Transmission Section (OTS), Optical Multiplex Section (OMS) link inventory
Provisioning of new diversity parameter from WSON circuits

Improved quality of service based on comprehensive circuit information

Performance Management

Data collection and reports

Automatic data collection and reports creation of optical performance and capacity utilization.

Improved visibility of network performance and capacity issues

Performance graphs

Ability to draw graphs of performance data.

Improved visibility to visualize performance issues

Performance data monitoring

Near-end and far-end performance data with 10-second, 15-min and 1‑day granularity.

Improved service assurance through performance monitoring

Real-time performance display

Extensive performance monitoring and statistics collection for all interfaces with 10-second polling.

Enhanced customer satisfaction through real-time SLA monitoring

Security Management


Centralized management of user accounts
Ability to upload, store, view, and filter audit logs
Comprehensive audit log that tracks all user actions
Enforced password complexity and password aging
External authentication based on RADIUS and TACACS server

Improved operational efficiencies and enhanced security

Role-based access control (RBAC)

Creation of user profiles and right level of access based on roles and groups.

Enhanced security

High Availability

High availability with disaster recovery configuration extended to the Linux platform

Ability towithstanding most network disasters with minimal downtime by taking the following two steps:
˗ Creation of a disaster recovery configuration, based on Red Hat Cluster Suite and Oracle Active Data Guard (ADG)
˗ Failover to the standby server, which is a replica of the primary server
Support for local redundancy and automatic failover with the HA configuration on Linux.
Protection against most network-impacting disasters, with minimal network downtime, providing carrier-class service assurance
Elimination of the need for costly third-party disaster recovery software with Oracle ADG and Red Hat Cluster Suite embedded

Hardware Capabilities

Table 2 lists support for some of the latest platforms, devices, and technologies.

Table 2. Cisco Prime Optical Hardware Support



Cisco® Transport Controller-based releases

ONS 15216 R10.0
ONS 15216 Passive DCU R10.0
ONS 15454-M6 R10.0
ONS 15454-M2 R10.0

Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS) releases

NCS 2002 SDH
NCS 2006 SDH

16-WXC-FS card

Card provisioning
Client connect (CC) channel and payload support
Performance monitoring
Threshold crossing alert (TCA) support
Fault management

100G-CK-C card

Card mode provisioning
CC channel and payload support
PPM, TTI, Payload, Inventory, and FEC provisioning
GCC, Y-cable, and proactive protection support
Support of new pluggables
˗ CPAK-100G-SR10 with 100GE/OTU4 and 40GE payloads
˗ CPAK-100G-LR4 with 100GE/OTU4 payloads

RAMAN amplifier cards

EDFA+Raman Amplifiers:


The EDRA cards provide the following functionalities:

Performance monitoring
TCA support and Span Loss measure
Fault management

Passive units


100G_LC_C (enhancements to 100G DWDM Trunk Card)

Y-cable protection support for these cards:
˗ 5x10G TXP
˗ 10x10G MXP
˗ 100G TXP
New payloads
Create and manage protection group
Chromatic dispersion values
Tx Shutdown and Tx Power values

Wire Speed Encryption (WSE) card

Threshold settings
GCC channel and payload support
PPM, TTI, and FEC provisioning
Card mode provisioning

10x10G_LC, 100G_LC_C, and CFP_LC cards

Supported on ONS 15454 M2 and ONS 15454 M6 platforms

AR_XPE card (enhanced version of the AR_XP card)

ODU0 multiplexing for 1GE and 1GFC payloads
ODU0 payload mapping during OCHCC circuit creation
RMON thresholds for 10GE and 4GFC payloads
Bandwidth utilization panel to show ODU0 slices
ODUK port mapping

100G_LC_C, 10x10G_LC, and CFP_LC cards

GCC communication channel support
Payload support for 10x10G_LC
OTU4 payload support for 100G_LC_C
Physical PM support on 100G_LC_C
FAN-OUT and LOW-LATENCY operating mode for 10x10G_LC
The following protection mechanism for the cards:
˗ Y-Cable protection for 1x100G and 2x40G clients for CFP_LC
˗ Y-Cable protection for all supported payloads in 10x10G Muxponder and TXP_10G Transponder mode for 10x10G_LC
Proactive Protection Regen tab for 100G_LC_C card

40E-MXP-C card

Supports full transparency muxponder mode

System Requirements

Table 3 lists the system requirements for Cisco Prime Optical. For further details, please refer to the Cisco Prime Optical Quick Start Guide.

Table 3. Supported Platforms and Operating Systems


Operating System

Cisco UCS B series

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.7, 5.8 or 6.4, (64-bit OS with or without VMware ESXi version 4.1 or 5.0)

Cisco UCS C series

About Cisco Prime

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Ordering Information

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For More Information

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