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Cisco Video Assurance Management Solution 1.0

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Solution Overview

Cisco ® Video Assurance Management Solution (VAMS) 1.0 delivers to service providers real-time centralized monitoring of their backbone, regional, and aggregation networks for broadcast video transport. Cisco Video Assurance Management Solution 1.0 provides the framework for a flexible end-to-end assurance platform for video.
The Cisco Video Assurance Management Solution 1.0 comprises the following Cisco products:

• Cisco Active Network Abstraction (ANA) 3.6: Cisco VAMS 1.0 enhances the base functions of Cisco ANA 3.6 virtual network elements (VNEs) for Cisco 7600 Series Routers, Cisco Catalyst® 4948 Switches and Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System devices that address the specific requirements of video delivery across the network.

• Cisco Multicast Manager 2.4: Cisco VAMS 1.0 collects the outputs from Cisco Multicast Manager into Cisco Active Network Abstraction (ANA) providing views of both device and multicast faults.

Cisco VAMS 1.0 also integrates third-party video probes from Ineoquest, Mixed Signals, and Tektronix, demonstrating how the information from dedicated video probes can be correlated with network data to facilitate problem isolation and troubleshooting.
Cisco VAMS 1.0 includes a northbound API that supports integration with OSS applications. Specifically, Cisco VAMS 1.0 may be integrated with Cisco Assurance Management Solution (AMS) 1.0 ( http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps8408/index.html) to provide a single Manager of Managers view of broadcast video across the transport network.
Table 1 lists the features and benefits of Cisco VAMS 1.0.

Table 1. Features and Benefits

Feature

Benefit

Virtualization

Core and distribution topology map

Allows operators to view their core and distribution networks in a single map

Chassis views for elements on map

Allows operators to find more details on devices and status in both a tabular and graphical manner

Multicast view

Allows operators to see how the multicast trees overlay the physical topology

Visualize video probes on map

Allows pinpointing of problem areas by using information from video probes and their location on the topology map and the multicast trees

Single Manager of Managers view

A northbound API supports integration with Cisco Assurance Management Solution (AMS) 1.0 to provide a single Manager of Managers view of broadcast video across the transport network

Monitoring

Service monitoring

Uses network device instrumentation to detect service-affecting packet drops and uses video probes to detect service degradation

Device fault monitoring

Aggregates device and service faults into a consolidated fault view

OSS integration API

Northbound API to support integration with third-party OSS products, for example, IBM Tivoli Netcool, part of the Cisco Assurance Management Solution

Multicast monitoring

Provides monitoring and troubleshooting of the multicast services in the network and correlates this with video probe data

Extended Device Support

Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System

Traps based on:

• Non-Reverse Forwarding Path (non-RFP) drops, for example video packets with unrecognized source addresses
• Multicast including PIM interface config and operational status and changes to multicast route tables

Cisco 7600Series Routers

Cisco Catalyst 4948 Switches

Tektronix MTM400

Add a vendor-specific probe VNE to ANA Network View

Add the network links between the probe to the network element to which it is connected

ANA monitors probe properties exposed through MIB2 (system and interface).

ANA receives video stream-related traps from the probe and maps into ANA format and severity levels

Video events are visible through ANA Network View or ANA Event View and are forwarded through the ANA northbound interface

Ineoquest

Mixed Signals

Solution Specifications

To order Cisco VAMS 1.0, the following must also be purchased as prerequisites:

Cisco ANA 3.6 (Service Patch 2) with VNEs and RTU licenses for relevant devices (4948s, 7600s and CRS-1s)

Cisco Multicast Manager 2.4 with the VOS (Video Operations Solution) extensions

Cisco VAMS 1.0 may then be deployed as an extension to the above.

Ordering Information

Table 2 gives ordering information.

Table 2. Ordering Information

Product Description

Part Number

Cisco Video Assurance Management Solution 1.0 (Top level part number)

VAMS-1-SOFTWARE

Video Extensions to 4948 (G2) VNE - Software (optional, qty 0-1)

VAMS1.0-3.6VNE4948

Video Extensions to 7600 (G3) VNE - Software (optional, qty 0-1)

VAMS1.0-3.6VNE7600

Video Extensions to CRS-1 (G5) VNE - Software (optional, qty 0-1)

VAMS1.0-3.6VNEG5

Video Extensions to CRS-1 (G6) VNE - Software (optional, qty 0-1)

VAMS1.0-3.6VNEG6

Cisco Multicast Manager (CMM) VNE - Software (optional, qty 0-1)

VAMS1.0-3.6VNECMM

Ineoquest Video Probe VNE - Software (optional, qty 0-1)

VAMS1.0-3.6VNEIQ

Mixed Signals Video Probe VNE - Software (optional, qty 0-1)

VAMS1.0-3.6VNEMS

Tektronics Video Probe VNE - Software (optional, qty 0-1)

VAMS1.0-3.6VNETK

Ineoquest Video Probe RTU - Right-to-use for one IQ probe (optional, qty 0-unlimited)

VAMS1.0-3.6IQRTU

Mixed Signals Video Probe RTU - Right-to-use for one IQ probe (optional, qty 0-unlimited)

VAMS1.0-3.6MSRTU

Tektronix Video Probe RTU - Right-to-use for one IQ probe (optional, qty 0-unlimited)

VAMS1.0-3.6TKRTU

Service and Support

Using the Cisco Lifecycle Services approach, Cisco and its partners provide a broad portfolio of end-to-end services and support that can help increase your network's business value and return on investment. This approach defines the minimum set of activities needed, by technology and by network complexity, to help you successfully deploy and operate Cisco technologies and optimize their performance throughout the lifecycle of your network.

For More Information

For more information about Cisco Video Assurance Management Solution, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/vams or contact your local Cisco account representative.