Cisco Systems® announces the availability of Cisco® GPRS Gateway Support Node (GGSN) Service Manager 4.0, part of the Mobile Wireless Center for Cisco Mobile Exchange suite of applications that complements the CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution (LMS) to provide end-to-end management of Cisco Mobile Exchange. The Mobile Wireless Center addresses the element-management requirements of mobile operators and provides fault, configuration, and troubleshooting capability as mobile operators transition their networks from second-generation (2G) circuit-based traffic to 2.5G and third-generation (3G) IP-based services.
Cisco GGSN Service Manager has functions for provisioning and troubleshooting access point names (APNs) and charging profiles to efficiently activate services and increase network reliability. Integrated with CiscoWorks LMS, Cisco GGSN Service Manager provides a GUI like that of other CiscoWorks applications and interacts with the CiscoWorks Common Services Job Browser, making it a powerful tool for bidirectional device interaction and status. Furthermore, the Cisco GGSN Service Manager console allows easy navigation through configuration and troubleshooting tasks in a familiar environment.
Table 1 includes a list of features available with the Cisco GGSN Service Manager 4.0 release.
Table 1. Cisco GGSN Service Manager 4.0 Features
Centralized Management of APN Configuration
Automates APN provisioning in all Cisco GGSN installations defined in a server farm.
Automated Charging Profile Provisioning
Provides a GUI to configure Cisco GGSN charging profiles.
Allows operators to execute maintenance tasks on Cisco GGSN.
Allows easy selection of tools to view syslogs, show commands output, and debug.
Allows management of multiple installations of Cisco GGSN in a user-defined grouping.
Automatically downloads configurations in all Cisco GGSN installations in the server farm.
Allows easy viewing, creation, modification, and deletion of APNs and charging profiles in a GUI.
Provides automatic entry validation to minimize configuration error while conforming to CiscoWorks look and feel.
Automatic Device Inventory
Uses CiscoWorks Common Services Device and Credentials Repository data to automatically discover Cisco GGSN devices and gather management information from them.
GGSN Discrepancy Analysis
Detects configuration discrepancies in the Cisco GGSN installations in the server farm.
Provides a report of discrepancies; shows any diverging Cisco IOS® Software command-line interfaces (CLIs) between Cisco GGSN installations.
Ciscoworks LMS Interface
Interacts with CiscoWorks Resource Manager Essentials (RME) to download/upload device configurations to Cisco GGSN.
CiscoWorks RME automatically uploads latest Cisco GGSN running configuration and synchronizes with Cisco GGSN Service Manager.
Filters out Cisco IOS Software configurations unrelated to Cisco GGSN.
Shows configuration of any installation of Cisco GGSN in user-defined server farm.
System Security and User Account Management
Uses CiscoWorks user security levels to assign Cisco GGSN Service Manager predefined user roles.
User security levels include:
• Help Desk Approver
• Network Operator
• Network Administrator
• System Administrator
Cisco GGSN Service Manager 4.0 broadens device support and significantly improves the provisioning and troubleshooting of Cisco GPRS Gateway Support.
The previously offered products CiscoWorks for Mobile Wireless 3.0 and Cisco Mobile Wireless Center 2.0 for Cisco Mobile Exchange are no longer available. End-of-sale and end-of-life announcements, along with additional details about Cisco GGSN Service Manager, are available at http://www.cisco.com/go/mwc-cmx.
The Cisco GGSN Service Manager 4.0 will begin shipping on June 23, 2005. Customers can order these new products through normal Cisco sales channels beginning June 15, 2005.
Table 2 lists the ordering information for Cisco GGSN Service Manager 4.0.
Table 2. Ordering Information
Cisco GGSN Service Manager 4.0, Solaris License
CW4MW 3.0 or MWC-CMX 2.0 Upgrade to Cisco GGSN Service Manager 4.0 Solaris License
Software Application Support (SAS) for Cisco GGSN Service Manager 4.0. Provides Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) Support, Cisco.com Software Center access, and minor updates.