Cisco® announces the availability of Cisco Network Planning Solution (NPS) 2.1 and Cisco Network Planning Solution - Service Provider (NPS-SP) 2.1.
Cisco NPS and Cisco NPS-SP help enterprises and network service providers optimize network capacity and performance, analyze network resiliency and service continuity, plan for new technology deployments, and validate planned configuration changes. Cisco NPS and Cisco NPS-SP help reduce the risks associated with network growth, migration, and consolidation, strengthening business continuity with minimal operational expense. Cisco NPS and Cisco NPS-SP give enterprises' and network service providers' the ability to predict, avoid, and lessen the effects of costly network and application service disruptions.
Table 1 describes the new features of Cisco NPS 2.1 and Cisco NPS-SP 2.1, including Cisco Virtual Network Data Server (VNDS) 2.1.
Table 1. New Features
Cisco IOS® XR Software 3.4.X support
Support for Cisco CRS-1 and Cisco 12000 Cisco IOS XR Software-based devices
IPv6 readiness assessment and planning support
New IPv6 Planning and Operations Module (optional)
Import and modeling of network latency, loss, and jitter information
From IP service-level agreements (SLA) (requires VNDS) or ASCII files
Import and analysis of class of service (CoS)-based load data
Through CA eHealth and direct collection adapters in VNDS
The new design action helps users come up with an optimal set of IGP metrics based on user constraints on maximum link utilization.
Tactical tunnel engineering
Optimize one Label Switched Path (LSP) at a time; thereby, allowing selective LSP deployments.
Quickly make tactical tunnel engineering decisions to alleviate congestion in the network
Analyze network performance before and after the changes
Generate configlets for the route changes and new LSPs
Alcatel device support
Alcatel enterprise-class devices: OmniSwitch, OmniStack, and OmniAccess
Juniper device support
NetScreen firewalls (requires VNDS)
Access to 4 GB or more of memory during import and analysis
Cisco NPS 2.1 and Cisco NPS-SP 2.1 will be available beginning December 21, 2007. Customers interested in purchasing these products can place orders through their normal sales channels beginning December 6, 2007.