Release Notes for Cisco ONS 15454, ONS 15454 M2, and ONS 15454 M6 DWDM, Release 9.4
Release notes contain new features and enhancements for the Cisco ONS 15454, Cisco ONS 15454 M2, and Cisco ONS 15454 M6 DWDM platforms. For the latest version of the Release Notes for Cisco ONS 15454 R9.4, visit the following URL:
Before you begin to install Cisco ONS 15454 Software Release 9.40, you must check if your system meets the minimum software and hardware requirements. This section describes the software and hardware requirements for Cisco ONS 15454 Software Release 9.40.
Hardware—IBM-compatible PC with a Pentium IV or faster processor, CD-ROM drive, a minimum of 1 GB RAM, 20 Gb hard disk with 250 MB of available hard drive space.
Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 and 2008.
Apple Mac OS X, CTC must be installed using the CacheInstaller available in Cisco Software Download page or the Cisco ONS CD.
UNIX workstation with Solaris Version 9 or 10 on an UltraSPARC-III or faster processor, with a minimum of 1 GB RAM and a minimum of 250 MB of available hard drive space.
Use the latest patch or Service Pack released by the OS vendor.
Supported Java Runtime Environment—Cisco ONS 15454 Software Release 9.4 requires that you install Java Runtime Environment Version 1.6.
For PC—Internet Explorer 6.x, 7.x, 8.x
For UNIX Workstation—Mozilla 1.7
For MacOS-X PC—Safari
New Features and Functionality
This section highlights new features and functionality for R9.4. For detailed documentation of each of these features, consult the user documentation.
The following new hardware units are introduced in R9.4:
AR-MXP and AR-XP Cards
The AR_MXP (Any-Rate Muxponder) and AR_XP (Any-Rate Xponder) cards provide a high degree of flexibility to the multiservice aggregation transport systems. The cards offer a variety of signals and interfaces for enterprise, metropolitan-area (metro), and regional service-provider networks. Multiple rates and aggregation over a dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) interface is provided using OTN technology resulting in huge operational savings.
The AR_MXP and AR_XP cards are supported on the Cisco ONS 15454, ONS 15454 M2, and ONS 15454 M6 platforms.
A single AR_MXP and AR_XP card can be configured to function in multiple operating modes. The cards are equipped with pluggables for client and trunk port options, and offer several configurations. The criteria used to select a particular operational mode is defined by the network level design. The Cisco Transport Planner helps by choosing the appropriate operational mode.
The AR_MXP and AR_XP card features include:
Low and high trunk rates
Dynamic port configuration (N:1 mapping) with on-the-fly client port addition and removal
I.4 and I.7 EFEC (G.975 Clauses) support
High-speed GCC (400K OTU1 and 1.2M OTU2) support
8G FC transponder
SyncE and OTN timing
Video muxponder (native 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, and SD-SDI)
Multiple card modes
Licensing models and types
The AR_MXP card supports bandwidth of up to 10 Gbps, and the AR_XP card up to 20 Gbps. Both these cards aggregate a mix of client SAN service client inputs (GE, FICON, ESCON, ISC3, and Fiber Channel), OC3/STM-1, OC12/STM-4, OC48/STM-16, and Video (SD-SDI and HD-SDI) into a single 2.5 Gbps or a 10.0 Gbps signal on the trunk side.
SFPs supported in the Cisco ONS cards in R9.4 are as follows:
ONS-SC-OSC-18.0= SFP is supported in the ONS TNC (Transport Node Controller) card.
ONS-SC-HD3GV-TX= and ONS-SC-HD3GV-RX= SFPs are supported in the AR-MXP and AR-XP cards.
ONS-SC-2G-37.4=, ONS-SC-2G-45.3=, and ONS-SC-2G-53.3= SFPs are supported in the MXP_2.5G_10E, MXP_2.5G_10E_L, MXP_2.5G_10E_C, TXP_MR_2.5G, TXPP_MR_2.5G, ADM-10G, GE_XP, GE_XPE, AR-MXP, and AR-XP cards.
The following new software feature are added in R9.4:
Cisco ONS 15454 DWDM Software Packages
The Cisco ONS 15454 DWDM R9.4 software is shipped in four separate packages:
Cisco ONS 15454 DWDM full package with WSON (15454DWDM*.pkg for ANSI and 15454DWDMSDH*.pkg for ETSI) containing all the controller and DWDM card installs.
Cisco ONS 15454 DWDM lite package with WSON (15454DWDMLite*.pkg for ANSI and 15454DWDMLiteSDH*.pkg for ETSI) containing all DWDM cards and some controller card installs. TNC, TNCE, TSC, and TSCE controller card installs are not included.
Cisco ONS 15454 DWDM full package (15454DWDM*.pkg for ANSI and 15454DWDMSDH*.pkg for ETSI) containing all the controller and DWDM card installs.
Cisco ONS 15454 DWDM lite package (15454DWDMLite*.pkg for ANSI and 15454DWDMLiteSDH*.pkg for ETSI) containing all DWDM cards and some controller card installs. TNC, TNCE, TSC, and TSCE controller card installs are not included.
Do not download or activate the Cisco ONS 15454 DWDM lite package on Cisco ONS 15454 M2 and Cisco ONS 15454 M6 shelves. Doing so can damage the controller cards.
Do not download the Cisco ONS 15454 DWDM full package on a TCC2P card because the card does not have enough memory space to accommodate the full package. Doing so causes download to fail.
The Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS) based control plane is used to provision optical channels on the ONS 15454 DWDM platforms. The GMPLS optical plane performs the following functions:
Identifies the network topology and the available network resources.
Calculates the optical path using routing protocols, such as OSPF-TE and RSVP-TE.
Validates and provisions the OCH circuits taking into account the optical impairments
Reroutes wavelengths to restore traffic on an alternate path.
The optical validation of the OCH circuits before provisioning ensures transmission of client traffic on the network. Bandwidth, network protection, traffic engineering, and optimal utilization of network resources are taken into consideration during path computation and provisioning.
The GMPLS control plane is supported on the Cisco ONS 15454, Cisco ONS 15454 M6, and Cisco ONS 15454 M2 platforms. This feature is available in the Cisco ONS 15454 DWDM full and lite packages with WSON. For more information, see the Cisco ONS 15454 DWDM Software Packages section.
A license is a permit for specific features or ports to be functional on a device. The licensing feature implements the "pay as you grow" model to enable hardware and software upgrades, on a need basis, by using a license key. CTC helps in deploying licenses to the Cisco devices on the network, discovering the devices, and managing and viewing the inventory of licenses.
In R9.4, licenses are currently deployed on the following cards:
The license models are classified as:
Count-based licenses—Used to activate a certain number of ports on the card.
Feature-based licenses—Used to activate some features on the card.
The licenses are of the following types:
Permanent license—Provides all the permissions needed to access licensed ports and provision licensed features on the device. This license must be procured from the Cisco Product License Registration portal.
Evaluation license—Provides preinstalled licenses on the device and are used to evaluate a feature set on new hardware for a period of 60 days.
Temporary license—Provides licenses for emergency use and are active for a limited period.
New or upgraded Cisco devices should have a product authorization key (PAK) to obtain licenses from Cisco Systems, Inc.
In R9.40, Cisco ONS 15454 DWDM nodes can be integrated with a Cisco 7600 router. This feature provides end-to-end circuit provisioning from one Cisco 7600 router to another Cisco 7600 router passing through an MSTP network without using GMPLS. CTC can be used to create an OCH trail circuit that includes Cisco 7600 nodes.
Select Products—Select Cisco ONS 15400 Series from the list.
Software Version—Select Version > 9.40 > Search. This lists outstanding and resolved bugs in Cisco ONS 15454 Software R9.4.
Search for Keyword(s)—Separate search phrases with boolean expressions (AND, NOT, OR) to search within the bug title and details.
Advanced Options—You can either perform a search using the default search criteria or define custom criteria for an advanced search. To customize the advanced search, select Use custom settings for severity, status, and others and provide the following information:
Severity—Select the severity level.
Status—Select Open, Fixed, or Terminated. Select Open to view all the open bugs. To filter the open bugs, uncheck the Open check box and select the appropriate sub-options that appear below the Open check box. The sub-options are New, Held, More, Open, Waiting, Assigned, Forwarded, Postponed, Submitted, and Information Required. For example, if you want to view only new bugs in Cisco ONS 15454 Software Release 9.40, select New. Select Fixed to view fixed bugs. To filter fixed bugs, uncheck the Fixed check box and select the appropriate sub-options that appear below the fixed check box. The sub-options are Resolved or Verified. Select Terminated to view terminated bugs. To filter terminated bugs, uncheck the Terminated check box and select the appropriate sub-options that appear below the terminated check box. The sub-options are Closed, Junked, and Unreproducible. Select multiple options as required.
Advanced—Check the Show only bugs containing bug details check box to view only those bugs that contain detailed information, such as symptoms and workarounds.
Modified Date—Select this option to filter bugs based on the date that the bugs were last modified.
Results Displayed Per Page—Select the appropriate option from the list to restrict the number of results that appear per page.
Click Search. The Bug Toolkit displays the list of bugs based on the specified search criteria.
Export to Spreadsheet
The Bug ToolKit provides the following options to export bugs to a spreadsheet:
Click the Export All to Spreadsheet link in the Search Results page under the Search Bugs tab. Specify the file name and folder name to save the spreadsheet. All the bugs retrieved by the search are exported.
Click the Export All to Spreadsheet link in the My Notifications tab. Specify the file name and folder name to save the spreadsheet. All the saved bugs in all the groups are exported.
Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request
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