The Cisco Network Management Technology Group announces the release of Broadband Access Center for Telco and Wireless (BAC-TW) 3.5, a new customer premises equipment (CPE) management application supporting TR-069 devices. BAC-TW 3.5 is a distributed, scalable application allowing for automated flow-through provisioning of subscriber services and management of subscriber devices. Cisco BAC-TW provides a centralized and automated platform for service providers to control, monitor, troubleshoot, and configure residential home gateways and other IP devices such as femtocell devices and CPEs that implement the Broadband Forum's TR-069 standard.
• Embedded high-performance database, optimized for device provisioning: Helps ensure high-performance service request management and device provisioning and minimum service delay; no additional external database needed.
• Java-based provisioning API: Provides easy integration to customer OSS, billing, or workflow and mediation software.
• Distributed device management servers: Offers true scalability with a simple way to extend provisioning to additional subscribers and new markets; dramatically simplifies capacity upgrade and maintenance costs and complexity.
• Distributed architecture: Offers true scalability, failover, and high reliability and provides an easy way to manage a growing subscriber base while helping to ensure minimum subscriber service disruption.
• HTTP file server: The delivery of firmware files is centrally managed and scales with the BAC-TW distributed architecture.
• Connection request support: BAC-TW can initiate device interactions for real-time use cases such as diagnostics. Features such as generation of random, one-time connection request passwords allow this to be very secure.
• SSL 3.0 and TLS 1.0: Session termination optionally on a Cisco Application Control Engine appliance or module. Basic and digest HTTP authentication: BAC-TW supports a wide range of choices for securing communications between itself and the managed devices. It can fit into a wide variety of deployment scenarios, including those where communication to the device is over unsecured infrastructure. The scaling of BAC-TW advantages remain even with encrypted communication.
• Extensive troubleshooting support: BAC-TW can recognize chatty devices that interact very frequently and throttle their interactions. A history of device interactions is kept, and any devices with errors can easily be seen. Detailed device interaction logging can be enabled on individual devices.
• Safe failover: High uptime and service reliability through DPE redundancy.
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