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Cisco WAN Manager 16.0

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The complexity of today's multiservice and packet voice networks requires robust, scalable, and easy-to-use management tools. Cisco ® WAN Manager addresses this need by providing extensive, reliable, and scalable network, and element management system capabilities to rapidly deploy and manage services. Cisco WAN Manager is a high-performance, carrier-class network and element management system product for the Cisco MGX ® Family of multiservice switches and the Cisco MGX 8880 Media Gateway. Deployed worldwide in some of the largest service provider networks, Cisco WAN Manager can operate as a standalone network and element management system or can be integrated as an element manager using its northbound interfaces for highly efficient flow-through operations.
The Cisco WAN Manager Release 16.0 GUI (Figure 1 and 2) further enhances operator workflow and usability to make configuration, fault monitoring, and troubleshooting operations simple and easy to use. This translates to rapid service deployment, network health monitoring, and real-time fault detection and isolation.

Figure 1. Cisco WAN Manager 16.0 GUI

Figure 2. Cisco WAN Manager 16.0 GUI

Key Features and Benefits

Cisco WAN Manager offers the following features and benefits:

Scalability: The distributed architecture of Cisco WAN Manager provides the ability to provision and manage a large number of network elements supporting millions of connections with high-performance network synchronization rates. More than 100 GUI clients can be supported with redundant Cisco WAN Manager servers, allowing service providers to cost-effectively manage their growing networks.

High availability and reliability: Multiple Cisco WAN Manager servers can be used for disaster recovery and to take turns for any maintenance and upgrade activities. Cisco WAN Manager synchronizes with the network status changes to maintain an accurate view of the network inventory and connections.

Open northbound interfaces: Cisco WAN Manager provides a northbound interface using Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) as an API for flow-through bulk provisioning and network monitoring, allowing easy integration with existing OSSs.

Workflow-optimized GUI: Cisco WAN Manager 16.0 introduces an enhanced GUI designed to optimize daily operations for equipment and connection provisioning to accelerate time to revenue. The workflow-optimized GUI provides several powerful advantages:

– Consolidates network-monitoring tasks into a single GUI to provide alarm browsing and filtering capabilities.

– Offers the ability to invoke equipment diagnostics and connection tests from the configuration or network monitoring GUI using menu shortcuts.

– Maintains data context and provides drag-and-drop and template-based operations, minimizing operator time for data entry and object selection. The enhanced GUI design consists of Network Monitor, Configuration Center, Diagnostics Center, Chassis View, Statistics Reporting Tool, and Object Finder.

Network Monitor: Details of network alarm and configuration status can be retrieved by a single click in the Network Monitor GUI. Alarm filtering can be enabled with a single click to view a specific class of alarms such as node, card, port, Cisco WAN Manager, critical, major, or minor. Network topology is automatically discovered for displaying the physical and logical configuration of the fixed and mobile Private Network-Network Interface (PNNI) network.

Configuration Center: This builds on the powerful connection management application and the equipment-provisioning functions of earlier Cisco WAN Manager releases by providing intuitive drag-and-drop and template capabilities. Configuration Center provides capabilities to provision end-to-end ATM, Frame Relay, Frame Relay-to-ATM interworking, circuit emulation, voice, and low-speed data connections.

Diagnostics Center: Diagnostics Center provides access to all diagnostic functions based on the context of the selected managed entity. It provides access to all the available real-time statistics and test tools in one place, easing the task of diagnostics and troubleshooting.

Chassis View: This allows status monitoring of the equipment to be performed within seconds. Chassis View has up-to-date graphical displays of the front and back panels of the individual node. The alarm LED status for the service modules and physical ports are updated automatically to reflect the current node alarm status.

Statistics Reporting Tool: All historical statistics collected by Cisco WAN Manager Statistics Collection Manager in the database can be retrieved into a report format for trend analysis. Using this tool, an operator can systematically select a report type such as port level, line level, or connection level, and a time period for the report to span. The result can be exported into a file for further use in other applications.

Object Finder: Object Finder provides extensive searching, sorting, and filtering functions to query the managed entities and alarm history in the embedded database.

Performance and accounting management: Cisco WAN Manager Statistics Collector/Manager (SCM) collects network statistics that are useful for applications such as performance reporting, capacity planning, and billing. For large-scale networks, the statistics collection tasks can be distributed and offloaded to multiple Standalone Statistics Collector (SSC) servers and remotely controlled by SCM. To enhance reliability for statistics collection, each SSC can act as a backup for another SSC server.

System administration: Cisco WAN Manager supports software upgrades by loading new software from a Cisco WAN Manager workstation. Background loading of new software allows simultaneous upgrades to multiple devices. Configuration save-and-restore features save a snapshot of the entire network configuration. For network disaster recovery, operators can selectively restore configurations for a single node or the entire network.

Security management: Cisco WAN Manager provides GUI-based security access profiles. These profiles are created by administrative users in Cisco WAN Manager and contain access privileges for logical subnetworks and for each of the management functions such as network monitoring, connection management, and performance reporting. Cisco WAN Manager logs read and write operations of all GUI users in a security log file and provides a powerful administrative GUI for viewing and filtering the audit log records.

AutoRoute to PNNI network migration: Cisco WAN Manager connection management in the Configuration Center can provision and manage ATM and Frame Relay connections across Cisco BPX 8600 Series AutoRoute networks and Cisco MGX 8000 Series PNNI networks. This helps enable service providers to use their existing Cisco BPX 8600 Series switches together with PNNI-controlled Cisco MGX 8850 PXM-45 systems for service expansion. Furthermore, Cisco WAN Manager can provision connections with Cisco IGX endpoints when the Cisco IGX switch is used as a feeder to a Cisco MGX PXM-45 or Cisco MGX PXM-1E node. This allows network operators to add PNNI-based Cisco MGX switches to the Cisco IGX network for network expansion.

Table 1 lists the product specifications for Cisco WAN Manager 16.0.

Table 1. Product Specifications



Product compatibility

Cisco MGX 8950, MGX 8880, MGX 8850, MGX 8830, MGX 8250, MGX 8230, and MGX 8220 switches

Software compatibility

Solaris 10, for Cisco WAN Manager Server; Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Solaris 8, and Solaris 9 for Java Client using Java WebStart 1.4.2

Management API


Computing platform

Sun Microsystems UltraSPARC II, III, and IIIi, Netra 20, Sun Fire 280R, V210, V240, or V880 with Solaris 10 operating system

System Requirements

Ordering Information

To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering Homepage. Cisco WAN Manager products can be searched by keyword CWM.

Table 2. Cisco WAN Manager 16.0 Product ID and Description

Product Name

Part Number

CWM16.0.00 Server New RTU License- 0 Connections


CWM16.0.00 SNMP Service Agent New License


CWM16.0.00 StandaloneStatisticsManager/Collector New License


CWM16.0 Java Client (5-User New License Bundle)


CWM WANDEST Server 2.9.00 new license for CWM16.0.00


CWM WANDEST Client 2.9.00 new license for CWM16.0.00


Network Modeling Tool 16.0.00 New License


CWM Server MajorUpgrade to R16.0.00


CWM SNMP Service Agent Major Upgrade to R16.0.00


CWM Standalone Stats Mgr/Collector R16.0.00 Major Upgrade


CWM Java Client Major Upgrade To R16.0


Network Modeling Tool Major upgrade to R16.0.00


CWM16.0.00 SNMP Service Agent New License


CWM16.0.00 StandaloneStatisticsManager/Collector New License


CWM16.0 Java Client (5-User New License Bundle)


CWM WANDEST Server 2.9.00 new license for CWM16.0.00


CWM WANDEST Client 2.9.00 new license for CWM16.0.00


CWM 16.0.00 Evaluation Software for 45 days


CWM16.0.00 Server New RTU License 1 to 10,000 connections


CWM16.0.00 Server New RTU License 20,000 to 50,000 connections


CWM16.0.00 Server New RTU License100,000 plus connections


CWM16.0.00 Server RTU License Major Upgrade 1 to 10,000 connections


CWM16.0.00 Server RTU License Major Upgrade 20,000 to 50,000 connections


CWM16.0.00 Server RTU License Major Upgrade 100,000 plus connections


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