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Cisco Mobility Services Engine Data Sheet

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Overview

More than 10 billion mobile devices will be in use by 20181 People love their smart phones, tablets, and other devices, and they want to stay connected when on the go. This gives you a great opportunity to engage customers and visitors with exciting mobile experiences. But how can you provide high-quality connections, create revenue‑generating services, and keep your network safe and manageable all at the same time?

The Cisco® Mobility Services Engine (MSE) helps you balance these goals. The platform gives you a centralized way to deliver Wi-Fi-based mobility services that let you:

Get deep network insight. Base Location services capture and aggregate key network information such as device location, RF spectrum details, and RF interference sources. They also let you support a rich set of real-time location services (RTLS).

Customize mobile experiences with location-based services. Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) lets enterprises and service providers deliver customized location-based mobile services to people in retail stores, hospitals, hotels, and other venues. You can offer a personalized mobile experience and understand users better with onsite, online, and social analytics.

Keep wireless users and your network safe. Cisco MSE Adaptive Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (wIPS) helps protect the network from rogue wireless devices, denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, and other wireless threats. It provides the tools you need to strengthen security and improve compliance.

Product Summary

Designed as an open platform, the Cisco MSE supports mobility services with a modular, licensed approach. So you can set up options based on your network topology or the types of services you offer. But the true value of the MSE is delivered through its support for mobility services applications. Table 1 provides an overview of the APIs, services, and platforms available.

Table 1. Mobility Services Overview

Feature

Benefits

Services

Base Location license

Track and locate interferers, rogues, Wi-Fi clients, and RF tags
Detect presence and receive geo-fenced or zone-based alerts
Show system wide interferer details and correlation
Visualize interferer zone of impact
Develop custom applications to engage users with open location API and SDK
Heighten customer experience by integrating indoor navigation experiences into loyalty apps
Increase app usage by automatically connecting to the Wi-Fi network and launching loyalty apps upon arrival
Discover and stop security penetration and DoS attacks

Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) license

Provide simple guest access to end-users with a location-aware captive portal
Manage visitors and increase brand presence with Facebook
Analyze online, onsite, and social customer behavior and make informed business decisions

wIPS license

Monitor, mitigate and report security threats to the wireless network
Enhance security and regulatory compliance features of WLAN with location intelligence

Platform

Physical appliance
Virtual appliance

Product Benefits

Companies of all kinds unlock the benefits of mobility with the Cisco MSE with Base Location, CMX, and wIPS licenses (Table 2).

Table 2. MSE Benefits

Industry

Solution

Retail

Engage shoppers with compelling mobile services such as retail apps with way-finding services
Combat “showrooming” and close more sales with context-sensitive campaigns
Track online, onsite, and social customer trends and identify high-value shoppers
Help meet Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requirements

Healthcare

Increase patient satisfaction with way-finding apps and mobile location services
Track equipment anywhere with connected medical devices
Help meet Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements

Transportation

Understand aggregate traveler trends and serve them with tracking and location analytics
Captivate passengers with augmented reality applications such as interactive maps and way-finding services

Hospitality

Improve the guest experience with business-friendly Wi-Fi and location-based visitor services
Learn more about guests with location and social analytics for better planning and efficiency

Base Location License

The Base Location license includes the following:

Advanced spectrum capabilities

Real-time location services (RTLS)

Mobility services API and SDK

Advanced Spectrum Capabilites

Cisco CleanAir® technology makes it easy to monitor and manage your network’s RF conditions. The Cisco MSE extends CleanAir’s capabilities (Table 3).

Table 3. CleanAir with MSE Functions

CleanAir Access Points with Wireless LAN Controller (WLC)

CleanAir Access Points with WLC and MSE

Detect, classify, and mitigate interferers

Yes

Yes

Provide systemwide interferer and event correlation

No

Yes

Perform zone-of-impact analysis

No

Yes

Locate interferers on a map

No

Yes

RTLS

The Cisco MSE provides presence detection and real-time location tracking, including track and trace of rogue devices, interferers, Wi-Fi clients, smartphones, and RFID tags.

Mobility Services API and SDK

The Mobility Services API supports representational state transfer (REST) and Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)/XML. Using these APIs, customers and partners can tightly integrate MSE location information into applications. Among the applications are location-aware equipment tracking, guest access, device-based services, browser-based services, mobile apps, online and onsite analytics, social analytics, and ads and offers.

The Mobility Services SDK enables organizations to build indoor navigation capabilities into loyalty apps. Organizations can define maps, points of interest, and routes, as well as encourage app usage by using the Cisco Wi-Fi network to automatically connect devices to the Wi-Fi network and launch the app upon arrival.

CMX License

The CMX license includes the following:

CMX Analytics

CMX Connect

CMX for Facebook Wi-Fi

CMX Analytics uses Wi-Fi fingerprints from customer mobile devices to detect customer presence and track customer location and movements. CMX Analytics analyzes the complex location data and delivers meaningful insights to the venue owner. The owner also gets detailed reports on end-user behavior, dynamic onscreen analytics capabilities, and the ability to parse the data by any segment over any time frame or any specific zone on the premises.

CMX Connect is a business-to-consumer (B2C) guest access solution designed for flexible, easy on-boarding to the guest Wi-Fi network. It provides location-aware captive portal, optimized for mobile devices. CMX Connect helps venue owners monetize their guest Wi-Fi networks.

CMX for Facebook Wi-Fi allows venues to extend a seamless Wi-Fi sign-on experience to guests and analyze their in-venue behavior using the Cisco and Facebook Wi-Fi platforms. It enables end users to authenticate to the Cisco Wi-Fi network and automatically “check in” to the venue’s Facebook profile, which increases venue brand recognition. Solution benefits include:

Increased brand exposure through automated Facebook venue check-in with news feed streaming and increased rankings for the Graph Search and Nearby Facebook features.

Ability to gain valuable insight into your customer base through demographic data from users who check in.

Ability to deliver targeted advertisements to users who check in and to increase conversion with venue relevancy and social context.

Cisco wIPS License

Adding more devices to the network means new compliance concerns and unknown risks. Cisco wIPS monitors, mitigates, and reports malicious activity on the wireless network, including rogue access points, security penetration attacks, and DoS threats. It helps you reduce liability, protect your reputation, and stay in regulatory compliance. Part of the wIPS solution is available through the Cisco wireless LAN controller (WLC). Add the MSE for more features and value.

Table 4 compares the capabilities of the WLC and the WLC plus MSE.

Table 4. Cisco wIPS Comparison

Feature

Base wIPS (WLC)

MSE wIPS (WLC plus MSE)

Rogue access point and ad hoc rogue detection, classification, location tracking, and containment

Yes

Yes

Switch port tracing and disabling

Yes

Yes

DoS attack identification and classification

No

Yes

Wireless intrusion attack identification and classification

No

Yes

Active attack mitigation

No

Yes

MSE Product Specifications

Table 5 provides the specifications of the physical Cisco MSE appliance. Table 6 provides the specifications of the virtual MSE.

Table 5. Cisco MSE Product Specifications (Physical Appliance)

Feature

Cisco MSE 3355

Supported services

Base Location license: 2500 access points
CMX license: 2500 access points
wIPS license: 5000 monitor mode or enhanced local mode (ELM) access points
Maximum number of tracked devices: 25,000 (regardless of number of access point licenses)
Separate MSE appliance is recommended for running wIPS

Evaluation support

MSE: Physical or virtual appliance ships with the following evaluation licenses:

Base Location: 100 access points
CMX: 100 access points
wIPS: 20 monitor mode or enhanced local mode access points

Processor

2 quad-core Intel® Nehalem processors, 2.0 GHz, 4-MB cache

Memory

16-GB DDR3 (two 8 GB)

Hard disk

Four hot-swappable 146-GB SAS drives with up to 6-Gbps transfer rate

Removable media

DVD-RO drive

Ports

Four USB ports: Two in front, two in back
Two VGA ports: One in front and one in back
One RJ-45 management port for out-of-band management
RJ-45: Two rear RJ-45 connectors for connection to two Gigabit Ethernet network adapters

Connectivity

Network: Two embedded multifunction Gigabit Ethernet network adapters with TCP/IP offload engine

Management

SNMP v1, v2c, and v3

Management interface

Cisco Prime Infrastructure

Network devices

All WLCs
All 802.11n access points

System specifications

Number of MSEs per Prime Infrastructure: 20

Programming interfaces

REST and SOAP/XML APIs

Form factor

1 rack unit (1RU)

Physical dimensions

Height: 1.69 in. (43 mm)
Width: 17.3 in. (440 mm)
Depth: 28.0 in. (711.4 mm)
Weight: 28 (minimum) to 35.1 lb (maximum) (12.7 to 15.9 kg)

Power

AC power supply wattage: 625W
AC power supply voltage: 100 to 120V at 50 to 60 Hz; 200 to 240V at 50 to 60 Hz
92% efficient
Autoswitching, hot-swappable
Redundant power supplies

Cooling fans

Total of six fans, 3+3 redundant configuration

Environmental

Operating temperature:

50° to 95°F (10° to 35°C) up to 3000 ft (914.4 m)

50° to 90°F (10° to 32°C) 3000 to 7000 ft (914.4 to 2133 m)

Nonoperating temperature:

-40° to 140°F (-40° to 60°C)

Maximum rate of change is 36°F/hr (20°C/hr)

v air temperature, server on:

50° to 95°F (10° to 35°C)

Altitude: 3000 ft (0 to 914.4 m), decrease system temperature by 1.8°F (1.0°C) for every 1000-foot (304.8 m) increase in altitude

v air temperature, server off:

41° to 113°F (5° to 45°C)

Maximum altitude: 10,000 ft (3048 m)

Shipment:

-40° to 140°F (-40° to 60°C)

Maximum altitude: 10,000 ft (3048 m)

v humidity, server on:

20% to 80%

Maximum dewpoint: 70°F (21°C)

Maximum rate of change: 9°F/hr (5°C/hr)

v humidity, server off:

8% to 80%

Maximum dewpoint: 81°F (27°C)

Approvals and compliance

Safety UL 60950
CAN/CSA -C22.2 No. 60950
EN60950
IEC 60950: EMC FCC Part 15 (CFR 47) Class A
ICES-003 Class A
EN 55022 Class A
CISPR22 Class A
AS/NZS 3548 Class A
VCCI Class A
EN 55024
EN 50082-1
Energy Star compliant

All listed server resources should be reserved/dedicated for the virtual machine running the MSE virtual appliance. For hard drive configuration, a thick configuration should be used.

All listed specifications are minimum requirements.

Table 6. Cisco MSE Virtual Appliance Product Specifications

Feature

Cisco MSE Virtual Appliance

VMware ESXi version (virtual appliance on a customer-supplied server)

VMware ESX\ESXi version 4.1 or 5.0

Minimum server requirements

Cisco MSE High-End Virtual Appliance

Base Location license: 5000 access points
CMX license: 5000 access points
wIPS license: 10,000 access points
Maximum number of tracked devices: 50,000 (regardless of number of access point licenses)
Minimum RAM: 24 GB
Minimum hard disk space allocation: 500 GB with SAS drivers and 1600 I/O operations per second (IOPS)
Processors: 16 vCPUs at 2.0 GHz or faster and a passmark ( cpubenchmark.net) no less than 4000
Cisco UCS ® ref: Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server or C460 M2 High-Performance Rack Server

Cisco MSE Standard Virtual Appliance

Base Location license: 2500 access points
CMX license: 2500 access points
wIPS license: 5000 access points
Maximum number of tracked devices: 25,000 (regardless of number of access point licenses)
Minimum RAM: 16 GB
Minimum hard disk space allocation: 500 GB with SAS drivers and 1000 IOPS
Processors: 8 vCPUs at 2.0 GHz or faster and a passmark ( cpubenchmark.net) no less than 4000
Cisco UCS ref: Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server

Cisco MSE Low-End Virtual Appliance

Base Location license: 200 access points
CMX license: Does not support CMX license
wIPS license: 2000 access points
Maximum number of tracked devices: 2000 (regardless of number of access point licenses)
Minimum RAM: 8 GB
Minimum hard disk space allocation: 250 GB with SAS drives and 900 IOPS
Processors: 4 vCPUs at 2.0 GHz or faster and a passmark ( cpubenchmark.net ) no less than 4000

MSE Virtual Appliance Reference Hardware Configurations

Table 7 details the available MSE virtual appliance configurations.

Table 7. Reference Hardware Configurations

MSE Low-End Virtual Appliance

MSE Standard Virtual Appliance

MSE High-End Virtual Appliance

Processor

UCS-CPU-E5-2609 (qty 1)

UCS-CPU-E5-2660 (qty 1)

UCS-CPU-E5-2660 (qty 2)

RAM

UCS-MR-1X082RX-A (qty 1) - 8 GB

UCS-MR-1X082RX-A (qty 2) - 16 GB

UCS-MR-1X041RX-A (qty 4) - 24 GB

Disk

UCS-HDD300GI2F208 (qty 2, in RAID 1 config)

UCS-HDD300GI2F208 (qty 4, in RAID 10 config)

UCS-HDD300GI2F208 (qty 4, in RAID 10 config)

RAID

UCS-RAID-9266CV

UCS-RAID-9266CV

UCS-RAID-9266CV

Example Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) configurations that match the minimum requirements:

UCSC-C240-M3L
UCS C240 M3 LFF w/o CPU, mem, HD, PCIe, PSU w/rail kit, expdr

UCSC-C240-M3L
UCS C240 M3 LFF w/o CPU,mem, HD, PCIe,PSU w/rail kit, expdr

UCSC-C240-M3L
UCS C240 M3 LFF w/o CPU,mem, HD, PCIe, PSU w/rail kit, expdr

UCS-CPU-E5-2609
2.4 GHz E5-2609/80W 4C/10MB Cache/DDR3 1066MHz

UCS-CPU-E5-2660
2.20 GHz E5-2660/95W 8C/20MB Cache/DDR3 1600MHz

UCS-CPU-E5-2660
2.20 GHz E5-2660/95W 8C/20MB Cache/DDR3 1600MHz

UCS-MR-1X082RX-A
8GB DDR3-1333-MHz RDIMM/PC3-10600/2R/1.35v

UCS-MR-1X082RX-A
8GB DDR3-1333-MHz RDIMM/PC3‑10600/2R/1.35v

UCS-MR-1X041RX-A
4GB DDR3-1333-MHz RDIMM/PC3‑10600/1R/1.35v

UCS-HDD300GI2F208
300GB SAS 15K RPM 3.5 inch HDD/hot plug/drive sled mounted

UCS-HDD300GI2F208
300GB SAS 15K RPM 3.5 inch HDD/hot plug/drive sled mounted

UCS-HDD300GI2F208
300GB SAS 15K RPM 3.5 inch HDD/hot plug/drive sled mounted

UCS-RAID-9266CV
MegaRAID 9266CV-8i w/TFM + Super Cap

UCS-RAID-9266CV
MegaRAID 9266CV-8i w/TFM + Super Cap

UCS-RAID-9266CV
MegaRAID 9266CV-8i w/TFM + Super Cap

UCSC-PSU-650W
650W power supply for C-Series rack servers

UCSC-PSU-650W
650W power supply for C-Series rack servers

UCSC-PSU-650W
650W power supply for C-Series rack servers

R2XX-DMYMPWRCORD
No power cord option

R2XX-DMYMPWRCORD
No power cord option

R2XX-DMYMPWRCORD
No power cord option

For More Information

To learn more about how the Cisco MSE can help you unleash the potential of mobility, visit htttp://www.cisco.com/go/mse.

For more information about Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences, visit htttp://www.cisco.com/go/cmx.