ROSA Network and Video Service Management

Cisco ROSA Video Service Manager 5 Data Sheet

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The Cisco ROSA® Video Service Manager (VSM) system gives service providers a complete, powerful solution for the management of the digital content delivery platform for broadcast over satellite, terrestrial, DSL, and cable networks. The system supports a diverse range of applications that allow operators and engineers with a service-oriented management front end (Figure 1) to operate and manage video signals in today’s digital video processing headend applications.

Figure 1. Cisco ROSA VSM Graphical User Interfaces

The ROSA VSM system delivers a complete video network management solution. Rather than focusing on individual network components, it operates at a higher level to deliver a service-oriented view of the network. The system’s comprehensive set of tools can monitor and manage digital video and audio, as well as the devices through which the services flow. This offers operators rapid access to the status of critical revenue-generating video, audio, and interactive services.

Service-Oriented Management for Cisco Digital Media Processing Devices

The Cisco ROSA VSM system integrates the Cisco® Digital Media and Cisco Videoscape Acquisition and Origination Suite devices, providing user-friendly and uniform support for configuration and monitoring. ROSA VSM supports control of encoders (for example, the Cisco Modular Encoding Platform D9036), the digital content manager (Cisco Digital Content Manager [DCM]), third-party baseband video routers and switches, and a variety of other[1] video processing devices. ROSA VSM allows operators and engineers to easily control and monitor the streams and channels through the devices in Cisco IP headend architectures.

Integration with Cisco ROSA Network Management System (ROSA NMS) and Cisco ROSA Element Manager (ROSA EM)

Cisco ROSA VSM can optionally be deployed together with the Cisco ROSA Network Management System (NMS) to take advantage of the complete feature set of the ROSA suite’s management software. ROSA NMS supports a broad range of devices for alarms, configuration, and redundancy management control. Each device supported in the ROSA NMS layer is automatically supported in the ROSA VSM for device alarming and access to the GUI or other controls.

Cisco ROSA Element Manager (EM) handles the device redundancy in the acquisition and origination type of video processing platform, such as the reference architecture of the Cisco D9036, Cisco DCM, and statistical time-division multiplexing (statmux) compression system; or DCM Multi Format Processing (MFP); or DCM Adaptive Bitrate (ABR) redundancy management.

System Description

The Cisco ROSA VSM system allows you to easily map all monitored devices into the ROSA VSM topology views. This provides a clear, easy-to-use, and intuitive user interface. The ROSA VSM Topology Manager allows graphical creation and setup of the equipment topology, providing an easy interface for selecting devices from inventory. The Topology Manager provides an immediate overview of the device alarms present on the topology, allowing the user to visually correlate alarms on channels that are present on the platform. ROSA VSM excels in its support for various devices and service redundancy through its close interaction with the underlying ROSA NMS and ROSA EM.

Service configuration and lineup management applications are used by service providers and operators that manage linear-live content that must be processed to fit into the appropriate delivery network. Through lifetime management of the content, operators perform frequent configurations and reconfigurations of multiple devices throughout their video processing platforms.

Cisco ROSA VSM Lineup Configuration Manager and Bandwidth Manager are tools that help solve issues of engineering and operational complexity. These tools help operators to perform quick service changes and modification, and automate changes through scheduling. The tools also provide the ability to prepare service configurations offline, without accessing each individual device GUI, eliminating the need for additional training.

ROSA VSM provides premium support for Cisco reference architectures (blueprint designs), such as the Cisco D9036-based video compression platform, encoder, statmux, and DCM service-level configuration management.

ROSA VSM Scrambling Configuration management performs conditional access (CA) criteria provisioning on the Cisco DCM Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) Simulcrypt-compliant scrambler. Conditional access criteria management is part of the ROSA VSM Lineup Configuration management, allowing the engineer to manage conditional access configurations in a service-oriented context.

Event (or session) management is an application typically used by operators to manage live content transported from one location to another or to other multiple locations. Managing this type of application, also called contribution management, allows operators and engineers to focus on service definitions, rather than opening each individual device user interface.

The definition and configuration of services over the system topology is provided by the ROSA VSM Session Builder and Event Manager. This allows the user to configure devices for the configured topology. For each event (or session) on the platform, you can configure service settings over the Device Configuration Templates.

Each event that is defined on the platform can be activated by the user or scheduled over the ROSA VSM Event Scheduler. The Event Scheduler provides a graphical timeline scheduler that gives the user an overview of the running state of the different sessions, as well as the capability to insert sessions or an individual group of sessions.


Topology Manager

Cisco ROSA VSM Topology Manager (Figure 2) supports creation of a network topology by entering devices from inventory and assigning the interconnection between the devices.

It exposes to the operator a consistent overview of alarm status, mirror, and redundancy state.

The user can create and model a headend topology where devices are interconnected through links connected to the individual device ports.

It provides hierarchical grouping of devices in locations and sublocations.

Multiple views can be open at the same time.

Views are updated across multiple clients.

The user can add background images.

Figure 2. Cisco ROSA VSM Topology Manager

Lineup Configuration Management

Cisco ROSA VSM Lineup Configuration Management is typically used to manage a group of linear channels in distribution networks. A lineup is used to keep an overview of services in a multiplexed transport stream.

Service configurations are listed in the Lineup Configurations tab.

The lineup Configuration Management GUI (Figure 3) allows the operator to perform various configuration actions in or over lineups:

- Activating and scheduling configurations

- Duplicating lineups and configurations

- Enabling lineup test mode (which allows engineers to perform configuration changes on a backup chain of devices)

Figure 3. Cisco ROSA VSM Lineup Configuration

Quick Configuration Support for Cisco Reference (Blueprint) Architectures

The Quick Configuration assistant is an easy-to-use tabular configuration assistant that guides the engineer in configuration of Cisco blueprint architectures.

The user only has to enter key service-related parameters; then ROSA VSM completes the configuration of all devices in the system.

ROSA VSM ensures that all the encoder resources, encoder configurations, DCM multiplexer, and statmux settings are configured, following the Cisco reference architecture and taking into account system redundancy.

Quick Configuration supports the Cisco D9036 statmux, Cisco DCM MFP ABR, and Cisco DCM MFP statmux solutions; and the Cisco DCM Scrambling (Figures 4 through 6).

Figure 4. Cisco ROSA VSM Quick Configuration: Example for the Cisco D9036DCM Statmux Platform

Figure 5. Cisco ROSA VSM Quick Configuration: Example for the Cisco DCM MFP Transcoding (ABR and Linear)

Figure 6. Cisco ROSA VSM Quick Configuration: Example for the Scrambling Configuration on Cisco DCM Scrambler

Bandwidth Manager

Cisco ROSA VSM Bandwidth Manager (Figure 7) is used to configure the bandwidth of transport streams, statmux pools, constant bitrate services, and a combination of statmux pools and constant bitrate services from a single GUI panel. The Bandwith Manager provides:

Support for autocalculation of default bitrates in statmux environments

A tool for optimizing bandwidth usage

Figure 7. Cisco ROSA VSM Bandwidth Manager: Example for Cisco D9036 DCM Statmux Pool Configuration

Lineup Scheduler

Cisco ROSA VSM Lineup Scheduler (Figure 8) allows for time-scheduled activation of configuration lineups and provides the operator with a clear indication of the running configuration on the platform. It is typically used in the following:

Time-switched service activation (for example, alternate service scheduling)

Scheduled reconfiguration of service lineup

Automatic reallocation of bandwidth across services in a statmux pool

Figure 8. Cisco ROSA VSM Lineup Scheduler

Lineup Service

Cisco ROSA VSM Lineup Service (Figure 9) provides a consistent read-only overview of the key parameters in services over multiple lineups and configurations:

Tabular overview of key service lineup configuration data (service names, audio and video, PIDs, and IP settings)

Easy comparison of engineering data, often present in a spreadsheet format

Figure 9. Cisco ROSA VSM Lineup Service Summary

Lineup Test Mode

Cisco ROSA VSM Lineup Test Mode is used to:

Prepare a service lineup on backup devices

Apply a different configuration on the backup chain of a redundant Cisco D9036DCM system

Prepare new configurations on the backup chain of devices, without interrupting the main chain of devices in operation

Support the Cisco blueprint D9036DCMstatmux solution

Lineup Test Mode activation and deactivation steps are guided through a system wizard (Figure 10).

Figure 10. Cisco ROSA VSM Lineup Test Mode Wizard

Event Manager

Events are typically used to operate contribution events. Typically, one event belongs or refers to a particular contribution event. The Cisco ROSA VSM Event Manager (Figure 11) allows the operator to perform various actions on events:

Creating events

Activating and deactivating events

Duplicating an event

Figure 11. Cisco ROSA VSM Event Manager

Session Builder

The Cisco ROSA VSM Session Builder is the graphical flow designer to help the operator to quickly create new events.

It allows easy picking and placing of devices and linking between them to create a complete event.

The complexity of device configuration is greatly reduced by assigning predefined configuration templates, which displays frequently used and variable parameters only.

Figure 12. Cisco ROSA VSM Session Builder: Example of Events Present in the Event Manager

Event Scheduler

Each event present on the Cisco ROSA VSM platform is scheduled.

Events supported include full-time events and time-limited and recurring events.

The Event Scheduler provides a graphical time-oriented view of events on a timeline (Figure 13).

Figure 13. Cisco ROSA VSM Event Scheduler

Device Configuration Template

Cisco ROSA VSM Device Configuration Templates are used in events to apply repeated configurations and fine-tune large previously created configurations.

Templates are available for each device type and model.

Templates provide a graphical representation of operations and an input-flow-output relationship (Figure14).

Templates are typically prepared by the engineers using the VSM platform, while the operator uses the device templates in the context of the events to be scheduled.

Figure 14. Cisco ROSA VSM Device Configuration Template

Northbound API

The Cisco ROSA VSM API allows the integration of the VSM system with other systems, such as order fulfillment systems and portals.

The API supports:

- Retrieving topology information

- Creating events (full-time and scheduled)

- Enabling and disabling of events

- Updating events

- Obtaining full event information

- Redefining timing of an event in the scheduler

- Notification of event state

The API is implemented as XML over an HTTP-based protocol.

Alarms and Logging

Cisco ROSA VSM provides powerful alarm and logging management, making it possible to guard the health of your application and the correctness of the configured events.

The Message subsystem is populated with messages coming from devices[2], messages accompanying events, and messages coming from ROSA VSM itself.

The Message Viewer (Figure 15), which gives an overview of the messages and provides the necessary tools for message processing, is part of the Monitoring perspective.

Figure 15. Cisco ROSA VSM Alarms and Logging: Example of Message Viewer

ROSA VSM Deployment

Cisco ROSA VSM can be deployed as a standalone application or in co-deployment with the ROSA NMS system.

ROSA VSM Redundancy

Cisco ROSA VSM High-Availability (HA) support is available as a standalone or co-deployment option.

ROSA VSM HA is a heartbeat solution, where two identical ROSA VSM servers are synchronized over a connection between the two servers. For more information on ROSA VSM redundancy, contact your local Cisco account representative.

Cisco ROSA VSM Client: PC Application

The remote client user interface allows access to all the applications present on the ROSA VSM server platform.

It can be installed on any PC running Windows XP or W7 OS. The ROSA VSM Client can be installed and launched from a ROSA VSM webstart launch page.

Cisco ROSA VSM Server: Server-Side Software and Requirements

Operating system requirements are listed in Tables 1 and 2.


- Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition (with Service Pack 2)

- Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition (with Service Pack 1)


- MySQL Advanced (5.5.8) package (included in ROSA VSM offer)

Table 1. Cisco ROSA VSM 5 System Requirements: Minimum Server System Requirements

Microsoft Windows (Memory and Hardware Recommendations)

Intel® Xeon® processor 5400 series, 2 GB RAM, 10 GB free disk space

Table 2. Cisco ROSA VSM 5 System Requirements: Recommended Server System Requirements

Microsoft Windows (Memory and Hardware Recommendations)

Intel Xeon processor 5600 series or higher-level, 8 GB RAM, 40 GB free disk space

Cisco Unified Computing System Support

Cisco ROSA VSM 5 is supported on the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS®) C-Series Rack-Mount Server platform. The server requirements on Cisco UCS servers are the same as specified in Table 1 for Windows servers. For more information, refer to the appropriate Cisco UCS data sheet:

Ordering Information

Cisco ROSA VSM 5 is available for purchase through regular Cisco sales and distribution channels worldwide. To place an order, visit the Cisco Commerce Workspace, please check Table 3 for ROSA SKUs.

Table 3. Ordering Information: Cisco ROSA VSM

Product Description

Part Number

ROSA VSM Software Suite, Licenses and Upgrades


ROSA VSM Features Pack License Options

VSM License Package: Standard Feature Package


VSM License Upgrade: from Standard to Advanced Package


VSM License Upgrade: from Advanced to Enterprise Package


VSM High-Availability Deployment Option Licenses

VSM Deployment: High-Availability System (HA)


VSM Deployment: Upgrade from HA to Disaster Recovery (DR)


VSM Deployment: Upgrade from DR to HA DR


VSM High Availability Co-Deployment Option Licenses

VSM co-deploy with NMS: High-Avail System (HA)


VSM co-deploy with NMS: Upgrade from HA to DR


VSM co-deploy with NMS: Upgrade DR to HADR


ROSA VSM Device Class License Options

VSM Device Driver Pack: Video Standard Convertors (count)


VSM Device Driver Pack: Multichannel Encoders (count)


VSM Device Driver Pack: SingleChannel Encoders (count)


VSM Device Driver Pack: Receivers and Decoders (count)


VSM Device Driver Pack: Multifunct Devices (count)


VSM Device Driver Pack: Mux/Scrambler Devices (count)


VSM Device Driver Pack: Probing Devices (count)


VSM Device Driver Pack: Protect. Switch Devices (count)


VSM Device Driver Pack: Video Routers (count)


VSM Device Driver Pack: Satellite Modulator (count)


VSM MPEG TS Channel Count License

VSM MPEG TS Active Services Lic.: Amount of Channels (1)


VSM MPEG TS Active Services Lic.: Amount of Channels (10)


VSM MPEG TS Active Services Lic.: Amount of Channels (50)


VSM MPEG TS Active Services Lic.: Amount of Channels (100)


VSM MPEG TS Active Services Lic.: Amount of Channels (250)


VSM MPEG TS Active Services Lic.: Amount of Channels (500)


VSM ATS Channel Count Licenses

VSM Adaptive TS Channel Lic.: Amount of Profiles (1)


VSM Adaptive TS Channel Lic.: Amount of Profiles (10)


VSM Adaptive TS Channel Lic.: Amount of Profiles (50)


VSM Adaptive TS Channel Lic.: Amount of Profiles (100)


VSM Adaptive TS Channel Lic.: Amount of Profiles (250)


VSM Adaptive TS Channel Lic.: Amount of Profiles (500)


ROSA VSM Event Count License Options

VSM Event Lic: Amount of Concurrent Events


ROSA VSM Software Upgrade

VSM SW Upgrade option to V5X


VSM Feature Upgrade

VSM Upgrade License of Standard Package


VSM Upgrade License of Advanced Package


VSM Upgrade License of Enterprise Package


VSM Device Upgrade

VSM Upgrade License of CONV Device Driver Package


VSM Upgrade License of ENCM Device Driver Package


VSM Upgrade License of ENCS Device Driver Package


VSM Upgrade License of IRD Device Driver Package


VSM Upgrade License of MFIE Device Driver Package


VSM Upgrade License of MUX/SCR Device Driver Package


VSM Upgrade License of PROBE Device Driver Package


VSM Upgrade License of PROT Device Driver Package


VSM Upgrade License of VRT Device Driver Package


VSM Upgrade License of MOD Device Driver Package


Performance Specifications

Tables 4 and 5 list performance specifications for Cisco ROSA VSM.

Table 4. Performance Specification: Running a VSM Server as defined in Table 2



Maximum number of devices supported


Maximum number of ports (over all devices)


Maximum number of locations supported


Maximum number of events supported


Maximum number of devices used in an event


Table 5. Performance Specification: General



Maximum number of connected ROSA VSM clients


Minimum required bandwidth between client and server

1 Mbps

Service and Support

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[1] Contact your local Cisco account representative for details.
[2] Retrieving messages from devices requires VSM integration with the NMS layer.