Cisco Transport Manager

Cisco Transport Manager 7.2

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Cisco ® Transport Manager is an intelligent element management system (EMS) that efficiently manages the entire Cisco ONS Family of products as well as the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System, Cisco XR 12000 Series Router, Cisco 7609 Router, Cisco MGX ® 8880 Media Gateways, voice-enabled Cisco MGX 8850 Multiservice Switch and MGX 8830 Multiservice Switch. Cisco Transport Manager supports configuration, fault, performance, and security management and serves as a foundation for integration into a larger operations support system (OSS) environment. High availability, self-healing processes, and comprehensive management across the Cisco ONS Family give service providers and large enterprises a resilient, adaptable, and integrated carrier-class EMS solution.


GUI-Based Management for Outstanding Productivity

Cisco Transport Manager is a powerful GUI-based management system that makes advanced management capabilities such as A-to-Z circuit provisioning easy to learn and use. Its Windows Explorer-style navigation and extensive use of wizards, tooltips, legends, and online help allow operators to perform tasks quickly and efficiently. Many otherwise tedious, time-consuming, and error-prone tasks can be fully streamlined using these intuitive tools.

High Availability for Carrier-Class Management

Cisco Transport Manager is designed for continuous operation. High-availability configurations are available to provide local and geographic redundancy options. Cisco Transport Manager can cope with heavy load scenarios such as high circuit-transaction rates, performance-monitoring data collection, alarm storms, and numerous simultaneous clients. Cisco Transport Manager plays a crucial role in the high availability of the network itself. Cisco Transport Manager's fault-management and performance-management capabilities help ensure that network problems are discovered quickly and accurately so that they can be addressed quickly, often before a customer's service is noticeably affected.

One-Stop Management Solution for Low Cost of Ownership

Cisco Transport Manager supports optical network technologies, such as SONET/SDH, long haul, and metro dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM). These technologies are deployed for transport and services such as DS-1/E1, DS-3/E3, 10/100 Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, and storage networking protocols. In addition, Cisco Transport Manager supports IP/Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) services delivered from the Cisco CRS-1. By supporting all the Cisco ONS Family of products along with the Cisco CRS-1, Cisco XR 12000 Series, Cisco 7609 Router, Cisco MGX 8880 Media Gateways, and voice-enabled Cisco MGX 8850 Multiservice Switch and MGX 8830 Multiservice Switch, Cisco Transport Manager eliminates the need to deploy multiple technology-specific element management systems, reducing capital and operating expenses. Cisco Transport Manager has a global reach-simultaneously it can manage both American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) network elements, which is ideal for service providers or large enterprises with an international service area.
Cisco Transport Manager is cost-effective, using industry-standard platforms such as Sun Solaris, Oracle, and Microsoft Windows to fit smoothly into the IT environment of most companies. Its easy installation, smooth administration, and simple user interface also help decrease cost of ownership. Using scalable Sun server platforms, customers can minimize upfront investment and still expand the network by gradually adding processors, memory, and disk space.

Northbound Interfaces for Operations Automation

Industry-standard Transaction Language 1 (TL1), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), and Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) protocols make Cisco Transport Manager a flexible component in traditional as well as next-generation OSS infrastructures. Cisco Transport Manager both captures and stores all relevant information from the optical transport domain and makes that information and its management available to higher-layer OSSs using open communications protocols. For example, the TeleManagement Forum-compliant CORBA northbound interface of Cisco Transport Manager facilitates the implementation of the next generation of inventory management, provisioning, flow-through circuit management, and service assurance.


Table 1 lists the product specifications for Cisco Transport Manager Release 7.2.

Table 1. Product Specifications

Features and Functions



• Rich point-and-click, intuitive user interface
• Domain explorer for logical organization of network elements and subnetwork explorer for hierarchical organization of network elements
• Easy navigation from network to shelf, cards, and port
• Network maps for topology display with zooming capabilities
• Alarm browser and alarm log
• Control panel for managing server properties and default settings
• Client inactivity timers for automatic screen lock and automatic logout
• Powerful step-by-step provisioning wizards

Management functions

Configuration management

• Native equipment and facility provisioning
• A-to-Z circuit provisioning
• Layer 2 provisioning using quality-of-service (QoS) templates
• Network element explorer for detailed configuration of network elements
• Topology and multilayer link management
• Broadcast software download
• Automatic network element memory backup and on-demand restoration
• Network-wide operations performed in bulk fashion (for example, alarm severity levels and default profiles assignment)

Fault management

• Real-time visual and audible alarm (optional continuous alarm) and event management
• Current and historical alarms
• Alarm-aware displays, alarm browser and log, network maps, network element explorers, domain explorer, subnetwork explorer, and summary dashboard
• Capability to enable and disable unacknowledged alarms

Performance management

• Configurable automatic collection of near-end and far-end 15-minutes to 1-day performance-monitoring data
• Query wizard for performance-monitoring reports
• Robust performance monitoring collection option to recover performance-monitoring data missed during communication downtime
• Real-time display with 10-second polling
• Graph of performance-monitoring data

Security management

• Centralized management of network-element user accounts
• Upload, storage, and viewing of network-element audit logs
• Comprehensive Cisco Transport Manager audit log tracking all user actions
• Enforced password complexity and password aging
• Custom profiles for access control of different user groups


• Modular installation
• Hot database backup initiation through the GUI
• Extended and granular logging capabilities to facilitate troubleshooting of the system

Northbound interfaces

• GateWay/CORBA
• GateWay/TL1
• GateWay/SNMP

Network element releases supported

• Cisco ONS 15216 100-GHz Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (OADM) Releases 2.2.2 and 2.2.3
• Cisco ONS 15216 100-GHz DWDM Red/Blue Filters
• Cisco ONS 15216 Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifier 2 (EDFA2) Releases 2.3 and 2.4
• Cisco ONS 15216 EDFA3 Release 1.1
• Cisco ONS 15216 200-GHz OADM, EDFA1, DWDM filters, Optical Supervisory Channel (OSC), and Dispersion Compensation Unit (DCU)
• Cisco ONS 15216 FlexLayer
• Cisco ONS 15302 Multiservice Customer Access Platform Releases 2.0.1 and 2.0.2
• Cisco ONS 15305 Multiservice Customer Access Platform Releases 2.0.2, 2.0.3, and 3.0
• Cisco ONS 15310-CL SONET Multiservice Platform Releases 5.0.2, 5.0.4, 5.0.6, 5.0.7, 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.2, 6.2.2, 7.0, 7.0.2, and 7.2
• Cisco ONS 15310-MA SONET Multiservice Platform Releases 7.0 and 7.2
• Cisco ONS 15327 SONET Multiservice Platform Releases 4.1.3, 4.1.4, 4.1.8, 4.1.81, 4.6.6, 5.0.2, 5.0.4, 5.0.6, 5.0.7, 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.2, 6.2.2, 7.0, 7.0.2, and 7.2
• Cisco ONS 15454 SONET Multiservice Platform Releases 4.0.3, 4.1.3, 4.1.4, 4.1.6, 4.1.8, 4.1.81, 4.6.1, 4.6.4, 4.6.5, 4.6.6, 4.7 (Multiservice Transport Platform [MSTP] only), 5.0.2, 5.0.4, 5.0.6, 5.0.7, 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.2, 6.2.2, 7.0, 7.0.1 (MSTP only), 7.0.2, and 7.2
• Cisco ONS 15454 SDH Multiservice Platform Releases 4.1.8, 4.6.3, 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.0.4, 5.0.6, 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.2, 6.2.2, 7.0, 7.0.1 (MSTP only), 7.0.2, and 7.2
• Cisco ONS 15501 DC Release 4.1
• Cisco ONS 15501 AC Release 4.1
• Cisco IOS ® Software Releases 12.2(26)SV1, 12.2(26)SV2, and 12.2(29)SV for the Cisco ONS 15530
• Cisco IOS Software Releases 12.2(26)SV1, 12.2(26)SV2, and 12.2(29)SV for the Cisco ONS 15540 Extended Services Platform (EXP)
• Cisco IOS Software Releases 12.2(26)SV1, 12.2(26)SV2, and 12.2(29)SV for the Cisco ONS 15540 ESPx
• Cisco ONS 15600 SONET Multiservice Switching Platform (MSSP) Releases 1.3.1, 5.0.2, 5.0.4, 5.0.6, 5.0.7, 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.2, 6.2.2, 7.0, 7.0.2, and 7.2
• Cisco ONS 15600 SDH MSSP Release 1.4
• Cisco ONS 15800 DWDM ANSI Platform Release 2.1
• Cisco ONS 15801 DWDM ETSI Platform Release 2.1
• Cisco ONS 15808 DWDM Platform Release 2.2
• Cisco CRS-1 Releases 3.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.3, and 3.3.1
• Cisco XR 12000 Series Router Releases 3.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.3, and 3.3.1
• Cisco IOS Software Release 12.2.18.SXF for Cisco 7609
• Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Directors and Fabric Switches
• Cisco MGX 8880 Media Gateways Releases 5.0.20, 5.2.00, and 5.3.00
• Voice-enabled Cisco MGX 8850 Multiservice Switch Releases 5.0.20, 5.2.00, and 5.3.00
• Voice-enabled Cisco MGX 8830 Multiservice Switch Releases 5.0.20, 5.2.00, and 5.3.00
• Cisco Voice Interworking Service PR (VISM-PR) Releases 3.3.10, 3.3.20, and 3.3.25
• Cisco Voice Switch Services Module (VXSM) Releases 5.0.70, 5.2.00, and 5.3.00
• Cisco CatOS Release 7.1(1) or later for the Cisco Catalyst 6509 Switch

Reliability and availability

High-availability options

• Local
• Geographically diverse


• Sun Solaris 8 server
• Oracle 9i database
• Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Solaris 8 clients


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