Cisco® Video Assurance Management Solution (VAMS) 1.0 delivers to service providers real-time centralized monitoring of their backbone, regional, and aggregation networks for broadcast video transport. Cisco Video Assurance Management Solution 1.0 provides the framework for a flexible end-to-end assurance platform for video.
Cisco Video Assurance Management Solution 1.0 comprises the following Cisco products and solutions:
• Cisco Active Network Abstraction (ANA) 3.6: This system operates between the network and the operations support system (OSS) layers acting as a mediation and abstraction between OSS applications and the network devices. Its abstracted network model removes the complexity of upgrading each and every OSS application when there is an upgrade of any element within the network. It also provides a gateway to the network for OSS applications supporting correlation and aggregation of events in the network and provides this correlated information northbound.
• Cisco IPTV SLA solution built around Cisco Multicast Manager (CMM) 2.4: This tool provides a rich set of multicast monitoring and troubleshooting functions that enable Cisco VAMS 1.0 to be notified of any changes in multicast or threshold events on elements in the multicast trees that may affect video performance. Cisco VAMS 1.0 collects outputs from Cisco Multicast Manager into Cisco Active Network Abstraction (ANA) providing views of both device and multicast faults.
Cisco ANA 3.6 builds an abstracted network model through a set of virtual network elements (VNEs). Each VNE represents an element in the managed network. Cisco VAMS 1.0 enhances the base functions of Cisco ANA 3.6 VNEs for Cisco 7600s Series Routers, Cisco Catalyst 4948 Switches, and Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System devices that address the specific requirements of video delivery across the network.
In addition, Cisco VAMS 1.0 includes dedicated VNEs supporting vendor-specific video MPEG probes; this release includes VNEs for Ineoquest, Mixed Signals, and Tektronics video probes. Cisco VAMS 1.0 provides a video service assurance solution with a wide breadth of coverage across the transport network for broadcast video services.
Cisco VAMS 1.0 may be combined with a northbound API that supports integration with OSS applications such as IBM Tivoli Netcool, part of the Cisco Assurance Management Solution 1.0, providing a consolidated view of the video transport network.
Features and Benefits
Cisco VAMS 1.0 provides the following features and benefits:
• Transport network visualization
– Network map and device views
– Multicast visualization
• Advanced monitoring
– Network faults
– Multicast faults
– Performance degradation
– Video probe information collection
Table 1 further describes the features and benefits of Cisco VAMS 1.0.
Table 1. Features and Benefits
Core and distribution topology map
Allows operators to view their core and distribution networks in a single map
Chassis views for elements on map
Allows operators to find more details on devices and status in both a tabular and graphical manner
Allows operators to see how the multicast trees overlay the physical topology
Visualize video probes on map
Allows pinpointing of problem areas by using information from video probes and their location on the topology map and the multicast trees
Uses network device instrumentation to detect service-affecting packet drops and uses video probes to detect service degradation
Device fault monitoring
Aggregates device and service faults into a consolidated fault view
OSS integration API
Northbound API to support integration with third-party OSS products, for example, IBM Tivoli Netcool, part of the Cisco Assurance Management Solution
Extended Device Support
Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System
Traps based on:
• Non-Reverse Forwarding Path (non-RFP) drops, for example video packets with unrecognized source addresses
• Multicast including PIM interface config and operational status and changes to multicast route tables
Cisco 7600Series Routers
Cisco Catalyst 4948 Switches
Add a vendor-specific probe VNE to ANA Network View.
Add the network links between the probe to the network element to which it is connected.
ANA monitors probe properties exposed through MIB2 (system and interface).
ANA receives video stream-related traps from the probe and maps into ANA format and severity levels.
Video events are visible through ANA Network View or ANA Event View and are forwarded through the ANA northbound interface.
The components of Cisco VAMS 1.0 provide the following functions:
• ANA 3.6.2 covers the backbone, regional, and aggregation network, providing device, performance, and network monitoring.
• Cisco Multicast Manager 2.4 provides IP multicast visualization and troubleshooting and reports multicast faults to ANA.
• Third-party video probes installed at demarcation points report video faults to ANA.
Figure 1. Cisco VAMS 1.0 Architecture
To order Cisco VAMS 1.0, the following must also be purchased as prerequisites:
• Cisco ANA 3.6 (Service Patch 2) with VNEs and RTU licenses for relevant devices (4948s, 7600s and CRS-1s)
Ineoquest Video Probe VNE - Software (optional, qty 0-1)
Mixed Signals Video Probe VNE - Software (optional, qty 0-1)
Tektronics Video Probe VNE - Software (optional , qty 0-1)
Ineoquest Video Probe RTU - Right-to-use for one IQ probe (optional, qty 0-unlimited)
Mixed Signals Video Probe RTU - Right-to-use for one IQ probe (optional, qty 0-unlimited)
Tektronix Video Probe RTU - Right-to-use for one IQ probe (optional, qty 0-unlimited)
Service and Support
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For More Information
For more information about Cisco Video Assurance Management Solution, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/vams or contact your local Cisco account representative.