Cisco Prime™ Provisioning helps accelerate consistent and reliable service deployments by providing automated resource management and rapid profile-based provisioning - spanning the entire network, from access all the way to the core.
The convergence of networks and services has created significant operational challenges for service providers and enterprises. Disjointed management tools that call for manually intensive configuration and provisioning tasks can no longer scale to cost-effectively support hundreds of thousands of service instances of varying requirements across the network. Furthermore, the lack of intelligent management can complicate and slow down the velocity of service deployments.
Cisco Prime Provisioning addresses these challenges by utilizing extensive automation capabilities in design, provisioning, and diagnosis of network services - helping service providers accelerate reliable service deployments supporting Carrier Ethernet and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks. Operators can provision rapidly by automating core processes using predefined policies. (Refer to Figures 1 and 2.)
In addition, Cisco Prime Provisioning provides unique capabilities for planning and provisioning for Cisco® MPLS Traffic Engineering (MPLS-TE)-enabled routers.
Cisco Prime Provisioning is offered as a standalone product or as a component of the Cisco Prime Carrier Management suite of applications that drastically simplifies the design, provisioning and management of carrier-grade networks.
Cisco Prime Provisioning can also be part of a service fulfillment offering together with Cisco Prime Order Fulfillment. This can enable fulfillment of multi-service, multi-domain, and multi-vendor offerings, as well as Agile Business Architectures (ABA).
Figure 1. Cisco Prime Provisioning Service Request Manager
Figure 2. Cisco Prime Provisioning Service Request State and Operation
Features and Benefits
Cisco Prime Provisioning provides service providers and enterprises requiring carrier-grade networks with key capabilities for the activation and assurance of Layer 3 and Layer 2 VPNs, Any Transport over MPLS (AToM), and Carrier Ethernet services.
• Layer 2 VPN and Carrier Ethernet management: Cisco Prime Provisioning accelerates the deployment of Layer 2 VPNs and Carrier Ethernet services through automated provisioning. Deployments are validated through automated service configuration and functional audits for Carrier Ethernet VPNs, AToM VPNs, Radio Access Network (RAN) Backhaul, and MPLS Transport Profile (MPLS-TP) networks.
• MPLS Layer 3 VPN management: Cisco Prime Provisioning makes service activation quick and predictable by automating the provisioning, configuration, and functional audits of MPLS layer 3 VPNs using predefined service profiles.
• MPLS Traffic Engineering management: Cisco Prime Provisioning helps meet stringent service-level agreement (SLA) requirements for voice and video traffic by providing an optional solution for managing the configuration of Cisco MPLS Traffic Engineering tunnels including:
– Autoroute Announce
– DiffServ-Aware Traffic Engineering
– Fast Reroute (FRR)
Cisco Prime Provisioning Traffic Engineering management computes and configures primary tunnels to meet user-specified constraints and computes FRR bypass tunnels for network element protection (node, links, or shared-risk link groups [SRLGs]), helping to ensure connectivity and bandwidth.
• MPLS-TP management: Cisco Prime Provisioning significantly reduces the complexity and time to provision MPLS-TP-based services by discovering MPLS-TP-enabled devices as well as calculating and visually displaying the working and protected paths in the network. The design, path calculation, and the provisioning and audit of MPLS-TP tunnels are provided through a single automated process. (Refer to Figure 3.)
Figure 3. Cisco Prime Provisioning MPLS-TP Path Calculation and Provisioning
• Asynchronous device updates: Cisco Prime Provisioning accelerates the time to market of new services through asynchronous device updates, providing day-1 support of new or enhanced devices. The new extensible Cisco Prime Provisioning provisioning engine helps enable the rapid development and distribution of device support without the need for software upgrades.
• Integration to operations support systems: Cisco Prime Provisioning APIs facilitate the integration with service provider operation support systems (OSSs) such as Cisco Info Center and IBM Tivoli Netcool. These APIs, using an HTTP/HTTPS/Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) request/response system interface, provide a mechanism for inserting, retrieving, updating, and removing data from Cisco Prime Provisioning.
• Multivendor provisioning: Cisco Prime Provisioning is extensible and customizable, and can be extended for provisioning of third party devices for the services described in this document. Cisco Advanced Services can assist in creating the required extensions and customizations.
Table 1 provides details on features and benefits in Cisco Prime Provisioning.
Table 1. Cisco Prime Provisioning Features and Benefits
Tracking of Layer 3 and Layer 2 resources
Manages resources such as Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) autonomous system, regions, customers, customer sites, access domains, service provider administrative domains, virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) names, IP addresses, inner and outer VLAN IDs, pseudowire virtual circuit IDs, route distinguishers, and route targets.
Automation of resource management reduces cost of manual and time-consuming tasks and helps ensure accuracy.
Rapid profile-based provisioning
Allows service operators to define Layer 3 and Layer 2 VPN provisioning parameters in a service policy; uploads the network-element configuration to calculate the change in configuration needed for successful service activation.
Helps control operational costs by accelerating service deployments. The use of service policies for service activation greatly reduces the service operator's tasks and required skill level. Uploading the configuration prior to applying it helps ensure that the service activation configuration will be successfully and rapidly applied and will avoid colliding with the existing configurations.
Asynchronous device updates
The introduction of an extensible provisioning engine for MPLS VPN management and Layer 2 VPN and Carrier Ethernet management helps enable the development and asynchronous distribution of new device support without having to upgrade the software.
Increases time to market and platform support velocity by being able to rapidly develop and distribute new device support. The Cisco Prime Provisioning engine is flexible, easier to maintain, and easier to extend.
Linux/Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS™)/VMware support
Cisco Prime Provisioning provides deployment support on Linux, VMware, and Cisco UCS.
Lowers total cost of ownership by increasing the deployment options and supporting virtualized environments.
Consistent and streamlined user experience
New usability improvements, including grouping of functional components, sort/filter mechanisms, and megamenus, and the adoption of the new UI standard used by all Cisco Prime service provider applications.
Improves organizational efficiencies and reduces training time by providing a consistent user experience.
Deployment configuration preview
Preview feature for MPLS VPN, Layer 2 VPN, Carrier Ethernet and MPLS-TP configurations provides the ability to validate the configlets before deployment.
Increases operational visibility and decreases end-user anxiety by providing configuration preview functionality.
Recognition of incorrect service configuration
Provides postprovisioning validation of the service design in order to determine whether the Layer 3 and Layer 2 VPNs are active and functional.
Reduces the time it takes to troubleshoot network outages due to incorrect service configuration by verifying that the commands for a service are present on the network elements and the links involved or VPN is working correctly.
Prime Provisioning creates the minimal configuration required, taking into account the current service configuration on the device. Hence instead of delete followed by add, a modification only changes the configuration minimally, in most cases without disrupting service
Increased customer satisfaction through zero service downtime
Investment protection for Cisco IOS® Software and line cards
Cisco Prime Provisioning supports provisioning and diagnostics across a comprehensive list of platforms and Cisco IOS Software.
Reduces time to market of new services and lowers the cost of upgrading customer OSSs due to upgrades in platforms, software versions, and line cards by providing extensive support of the latest Cisco hardware and Cisco IOS Software versions.
Bandwidth protection planning and activation
Identifies placement of FRR backup tunnels to protect critical network elements. Installs backup tunnels to protect against link, node, or SRLG failures.
Supports strict SLAs and high availability of voice and video traffic. Provides a cost-effective alternative to lower-layer protection. Highly efficient use of bandwidth allows more traffic to be supported on the network without redundant network investment.
Time-division multiplexing (TDM) and ATM services over Pseudowire Emulation Edge to Edge (PWE3)
Provisions TDM services (SAToP and CESoPSPN) and ATM IMA VCC and PVP over PWE3.
Facilitates the migration from TDM/ATM services to an all IP network for mobile service providers. E1/T1 TDM and/or ATM circuits are aggregated in cell site routers. Traffic is encapsulated into Pseudowires for passing the mobile traffic to the hub site.
MPLS Traffic Engineering tunnel placement, repair, and network grooming
Generates MPLS Traffic Engineering tunnel paths that meet user-specified constraints, including bandwidth, affinity, and delay, and proposes fixes to meet user-specified constraints for new tunnel demands. Global reoptimization of primary tunnel placements improves network utilization.
Facilitates efficient core network planning and cost savings. Bandwidth upgrade costs can be delayed or reduced by identifying bottleneck links and routing traffic away from them. Flow-through provisioning provides major time and cost savings and dramatically simplifies planning and managing a traffic-engineered network.
Cisco Prime Provisioning is extensible and customizable, and can be used for provisioning of third party devices for the services described in this document. Cisco Advanced Services can assist in creating the required extensions
Reduces cost of ownership of multivendor networks. Provides end-to-end provisioning of services across mixed-vendor devices through a single GUI and NBI
Carrier-grade infrastructure for large deployments
Provides the following system features:
Thin web-based GUI client
Role-based access control (RBAC)
API: Extensible Markup Language (XML) over HTTP northbound interface
Data backup and restore
RBAC provides access control to service providers that want to implement strict operational processes. Backup and restore capabilities protect data against OS crashes, file corruption, disk failures, and total machine failure.
The server, client, and web browser system requirements for Cisco Prime Provisioning can be found in the Installation Guide.
About Cisco Prime
The Cisco Prime portfolio of IT and service provider management offerings empowers organizations to more effectively manage their networks and the services they deliver. Built on a service-centered foundation, the Cisco Prime portfolio of products supports integrated lifecycle management through an intuitive workflow-oriented user experience- providing A-to-Z management for evolved programmable networks (EPNs), mobility, video, and managed services.
Services and Support
Cisco offers a wide range of services programs to accelerate customer success. These innovative services programs are delivered through a unique combination of people, processes, tools, and partners, resulting in high levels of customer satisfaction. Cisco services help you to protect your network investment, optimize network operations, and prepare the network for new applications to extend network intelligence and the power of your business. For more information please visit the Cisco Services page on Cisco.com.
Cisco Prime Provisioning is available for purchase through regular Cisco sales and distribution channels worldwide. To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering Homepage.
Table 2 provides ordering information on the latest release of Cisco Prime Provisioning.
Table 2. Ordering Information
Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.x(DCT Top Level Order Use - eDelivery)
Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.x(DCT Top Level Ordering Use Only)
Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.5 - Base Application
Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.5 - Lab. Applicatio (No Production)
Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.x- Traffic Engineering Manager
Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.x - Group A Right To Manage
Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.x - Group B Right To Manage
Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.x - Group C Right To Manage
Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.x - Group D Right To Manage
Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.x - Group E Right To Manage
Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.x - Group F Right To Manage
Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.x - Major Upg. for ISC 5.x up to 2K AL
Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.x - Major Upg. for ISC 5.x up to 6K AL
Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.x - Major Upg. for ISC 5.x up to 30K AL
Cisco Prime Provisioning 6.x - Major Upg. for ISC 5.x up to 50K AL
For More Information
For more information about Cisco Prime Provisioning, contact your local account representative or visit Cisco Prime Provisioning Overview at www.cisco.com/go/primeprovisioning.