Cisco Prime Provisioning

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Cisco Prime Provisioning helps accelerate consistent and reliable service deployments by providing automated resource management and rapid profile-based provisioning - spanning the entire network, from access all the way to the core.

Product Overview

The convergence of networks and services has created significant operational challenges for service providers. Disjointed management tools that call for manually intensive configuration and provisioning tasks can no longer scale cost-effectively to support hundreds of thousands of service instances of varying requirements across the network. Furthermore, the lack of automation can complicate and slow down the velocity of service deployments.

Cisco Prime Provisioning addresses these challenges by utilizing extensive automation capabilities in design and provisioning of network services - helping service providers accelerate reliable service deployments supporting Carrier Ethernet and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks. Operators can provision rapidly by automating core processes using predefined policies. (Refer to Figures 1 and 2)

In addition, Cisco Prime Provisioning provides unique capabilities for planning and provisioning for Cisco® MPLS Traffic Engineering (MPLS-TE)–enabled routers.

Cisco Prime Provisioning can be offered as a standalone product or as a component of the Cisco Prime Carrier Management suite of applications that drastically unifies end-to-end lifecycle management of carrier-grade networks.

Cisco Prime Provisioning can also be part of a service fulfillment solution together with Cisco Prime Order Fulfillment. This can enable fulfillment of multiservice, multidomain, and multivendor offerings.

Figure 1. Cisco Prime Provisioning Service Request Manager

Figure 2. Cisco Prime Provisioning Service Request State and Operation


Accelerates time to revenue through automation of repetitive configuration and provisioning tasks

Improves operational efficiencies through simplified service provisioning processes using predefined service profiles

Reduces total cost of ownership (TCO) through fast, reliable provisioning and ease of integration with third-party operations support system (OSS) applications


Layer 2 VPN and Carrier Ethernet management: Accelerates the deployment of Layer 2 VPNs and Carrier Ethernet services through automated provisioning. Deployments are validated through automated service configuration and functional audits for Carrier Ethernet virtual private networks (VPNs), Any Transport over MPLS (AToM) VPNs, Radio Access Network (RAN) Backhaul, and MPLS Transport Profile (MPLS-TP) networks.

MPLS Layer 3 VPN management: Activates services quickly and predictably by automating the provisioning, configuration, and functional audits of MPLS Layer 3 VPNs using predefined service profiles.

MPLS Traffic Engineering management: Helps meet stringent service-level agreement (SLA) requirements for voice and video traffic by providing a solution for managing the configuration of Cisco MPLS Traffic Engineering tunnels including:

Autoroute Announce


DiffServ-Aware Traffic Engineering

Fast Reroute (FRR)

Cisco Prime Provisioning Traffic Engineering management computes and configures primary tunnels to meet user-specified constraints and computes FRR bypass tunnels for network element protection (node, links, or shared-risk link groups [SRLGs]), helping to ensure connectivity and bandwidth.

MPLS-TP management: Significantly reduces the complexity and time to provision MPLS-TP-based services by discovering MPLS-TP-enabled devices as well as calculating and visually displaying the working and protected paths in the network. The design, path calculation, provisioning, and audit of MPLS-TP tunnels are provided through a single automated process. (Refer to Figure 3)

Asynchronous device updates: Accelerates the time to market of new services through asynchronous device updates, providing day-1 support of new or enhanced devices. Theextensible provisioning engine helps enable the rapid development and distribution of device support without the need for Cisco Prime Provisioning software upgrades.

Integration to operations support systems: Facilitates the integration with OSSs such as IBM Tivoli Netcool through APIs based on HTTP/HTTPS/Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) request/response system interface. These APIs provide a mechanism for inserting, retrieving, updating, and removing data from Cisco Prime Provisioning.

Figure 3. Cisco Prime Provisioning MPLS-TP Path Calculation and Provisioning

Detailed Features and Benefits

Table 1 provides details on features and benefits in Cisco Prime Provisioning.

Table 1. Cisco Prime Provisioning Features and Benefits




Tracking of Layer 3 and Layer 2 resources

Manages resources such as Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) autonomous system, regions, customers, customer sites, access domains, service provider administrative domains, virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) names, IP addresses, inner and outer VLAN IDs, pseudowire virtual circuit IDs, route distinguishers, and route targets.

Reduces cost of manual and time-consuming tasks and helps ensure accuracy through automation of resource management.

Rapid profile-based provisioning

Allows service operators to define Layer 3 and Layer 2 VPN provisioning parameters in a service policy; uploads the network-element configuration to calculate the change in configuration needed for successful service activation. It helps ensure that the service activation configuration will be successfully and rapidly applied and will avoid colliding with the existing configurations.

Helps control operational costs by accelerating service deployments and greatly reducing the service operator’s tasks and required skill level through the use of service policies for service activation.

Asynchronous device updates

The introduction of an extensible provisioning engine for MPLS VPN management and Layer 2 VPN and Carrier Ethernet management helps enable the development and asynchronous distribution of new device support without having to upgrade the software.

Reduces time to market for services through timely new device support.

Linux/Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS®)/VMware support

Provides deployment support on Linux, VMware, and Cisco UCS.

Lowers total cost of ownership by providing a variety of deployment options and supporting virtualized environments.

Consistent and streamlined user experience

Improves usability, including grouping of functional components, sort and filter mechanisms, mega menus, and the adoption of the new UI standard used by all Cisco Prime for Service Provider applications.

Improves organizational efficiencies and reduces training time by providing a consistent user experience.

Deployment configuration preview

Provides the ability to validate the configurations before deployment through a preview feature for MPLS VPN, Layer 2 VPN, Carrier Ethernet, and MPLS-TP.

Increases operational visibility by providing configuration preview functionality.

Recognition of incorrect service configuration

Provides post provisioning validation of the service design in order to determine whether the Layer 3 and Layer 2 VPNs are active and functional.

Reduces time to troubleshoot network outages due to incorrect service configurations.

Non-service-affecting modification

Creates the minimal configuration required, taking into account the current service configuration on the device. Hence instead of “delete” followed by “add”, a “modification” only changes the configuration minimally, in most cases without disrupting service

Increases customer satisfaction through zero service downtime.

Investment protection for Cisco IOS® Software and line cards

Supports provisioning across a comprehensive list of platforms and Cisco IOS Software.

Reduces time to market of new services and lowers the cost of upgrading customer OSSs by providing extensive support of the latest Cisco hardware and Cisco IOS Software versions.

Bandwidth protection planning and activation

Identifies placement of FRR backup tunnels to protect critical network elements; installs backup tunnels to protect against link, node, or shared risk link group (SRLG) failures.

Improves customer satisfaction through support of strict SLAs and high availability (HA) of voice and video traffic; reduces costs by providing a cost-effective alternative to lower-layer protection (redundant network investment), and allowing more traffic to be supported on the network through highly efficient use of bandwidth.

Support for time-division multiplexing (TDM) and ATM services over Pseudowire Emulation Edge to Edge (PWE3)

Provisions TDM services (SAToP and CESoPSPN) and ATM IMA VCC and PVP over PWE3. E1/T1 TDM and/or ATM circuits are aggregated in cell site routers. Mobile traffic is encapsulated into pseudowires to the hub site.

Reduces costs by facilitating the migration from TDM/ATM services to an all IP network for mobile service providers.

MPLS Traffic Engineering tunnel placement, repair, and network grooming

Generates MPLS Traffic Engineering tunnel paths that meet user-specified constraints, including bandwidth, affinity, and delay; proposes fixes to meet user-specified constraints for new tunnel demands; improves network utilization through global reoptimization of primary tunnel placements.

Reduces time and costs through efficient core network planning, flow-through zero-touch provisioning and traffic engineering, such as rerouting traffic to avoid bottleneck links.

Carrier-grade infrastructure for large deployments

Provides the following system features:

Thin web-based GUI client
Role-based access control (RBAC)
API: Extensible Markup Language (XML) over HTTP northbound interface
Data backup and restore capabilities that protect data against OS crashes, file corruption, disk failures, and total machine failure.

Improves scalability and resiliency required to provision large-scale carrier networks.

Product Specifications

Product specifications for Cisco Prime Provisioning can be found in the Installation Guide. Details about supported device types and Cisco IOS Software versions are available in the Compatibility Information.

System Requirements

The server, client, and web browser system requirements for Cisco Prime Provisioning can be found in the Installation Guide.

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, the Cisco Prime products supports integrated lifecycle management through an intuitive workflow-oriented user experience- providing A-to-Z management for evolved programmable networks (EPNs), mobility, video, 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. For more information please visit the Cisco Services page on

Ordering Information

Cisco Prime Provisioning is available for purchase through regular Cisco sales and distribution channels worldwide. To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering Homepage.

Table 2 provides ordering information on the latest release of Cisco Prime Provisioning.

Table 2. Ordering Information

Part Number



Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.x (DCT Top Level Order Use – eDelivery)


Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.x (DCT Top Level Ordering Use Only)


Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.6 – Base Application


Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.6 – Lab. Application (no production)


Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.x – Traffic Engineering Manager


Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.x – Redundancy License (local HA or geographical recovery)


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For More Information

For more information about Cisco Prime Provisioning, contact your local account representative or visit Cisco Prime Provisioning overview at