Cisco 12000 Series Routers

Manageability for Cisco IP/MPLS Core and Edge Routing Platforms

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Cisco Element Managers Enhance Network Router Performance

Cisco 12000/10720 Router Manager

Deploy Routers More Quickly

Diagnose Problems More Quickly

Cisco 7600 Router Manager

Cisco 10000 Manager

Consistent Element Management

For More Information


Manageability for Cisco IP/MPLS
Core and Edge Routing Platforms

Cisco Systems® offers industry-leading, carrier-class IP/MPLS core and edge routing platforms to meet the diverse business and technical needs of service providers worldwide. Innovations at the edge in Cisco® 12000, 10000, and 7600 Series Routers give service providers greater network efficiency, new levels of scalability and performance, and the ability to manage the growth of their service portfolios.

Comprehensive, carrier-grade network management enables service providers to benefit from these innovations and deploy new technologies and services at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO). Cisco element managers provide device-level management across Cisco edge and core deployments, including support for MPLS, metro Ethernet, and broadband aggregation. Cisco element managers such as the Cisco 12000/10720 Router Manager, Cisco 7600 Router Manager, and the Cisco 10000 Manager provide comprehensive management and troubleshooting tools for network operations centers (NOCs).

Cisco Element Managers Enhance Network Router Performance

Cisco element managers ensure that service providers can deploy routers quickly, identify, prevent and repair problems quickly, and make the most of all network inventory while keeping operational costs to a minimum. Cisco element managers provide a comprehensive range of device-management tools, including:

Tools with a graphical user interface (GUI) that speed up deployments and lower their cost, provide proactive device monitoring, and enable faster fault detection and repair to increase service availability and reduce operational costs.

Automatic discovery and real-time inventory monitoring to ensure that inventory databases are accurate and able to support network planning and capacity monitoring to maximize revenue from existing network inventory.

The CiscoWorks Resource Management Essentials (RME) application to simplify time-consuming network element administration tasks. Cisco element managers provide carrier-grade extensions and support multiple RME servers from the element manager GUI.

GUI-based troubleshooting and diagnostic capabilities to simplify the tasks involved in deploying complex
IP/MPLS core and edge networks.

Standard northbound and southbound operations support systems (OSS) integration interfaces and integration with Cisco Networking Services (CNS) to help ensure that Cisco element managers fit easily into existing service provider operational processes and systems.

Cisco 12000/10720 Router Manager

The Cisco 12000/10720 Router Manager Version 3.1 gives service providers carrier-grade element management for IP and MPLS deployments of Cisco 12000 Series and Cisco 10720 Series Routers. The element manager provides operations and management (OAM) features, including detailed troubleshooting tools to assist NOC operators to spot and solve MPLS and ATM transport network problems, giving more reliable, high-performance service delivery.

Integrated core and edge features of the Cisco 12000 Series are managed by the Cisco 12000/10720 Router Manager v3.1, which supports all Cisco 12000 Series line cards, including the newest edge-optimized ATM and Ethernet line cards, the Cisco 4-Port OC-12c/STM-4c ATM ISE Line Card and the Cisco 4-Port Gigabit Ethernet ISE Line Card. (See Cisco 12000/10720 Router Manager v3.1 also includes support for the Cisco MPLS Management Information Bases (MIBs) in Cisco IOS® Software releases 12.0(24)S and 12.0(25)S to provide management support for evolving service portfolios. The Cisco 12000/10720 Router Manager v3.1 provides management tools for MPLS-related routing protocols such as Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and complements service provisioning carried out by the Cisco IP Solution Center (ISC). The element manager routing protocol management tools allow visualization and correction of key device parameters, including routing protocol tables, to trace and identify problems such as misrouting.

Deploy Routers More Quickly

As new technologies are developed to support new services, it is essential to get the necessary network devices deployed quickly to be able to offer new value-added services to customers and maximize new revenue opportunities. Deploying a new Cisco MPLS network becomes faster, simpler, and cheaper with Cisco 12000/10720 Router Manager v3.1. For example, the element manager has a GUI interface to simplify routing protocol configuration including OSFP and BGP. Layer 3 class of service, such as Committed Access Rate (CAR) and Weighted Random Early Detection (WRED), can be set up with predefined congestion-control policies so that they need only be set up once and applied across multiple routers by NOC operators. Routers running a specific version of Cisco IOS Software can all be upgraded to the latest release in a single action.

Diagnose Problems More Quickly

Service availability is essential. Proactive and detailed device and MPLS troubleshooting tools developed specifically for Cisco routers ensure that problems can be quickly detected and corrected. Advanced troubleshooting tools allow NOC operators to react quickly to problems and reduce the impact on services running over the network. For a Cisco 12000 Series Router in a core MPLS network, GUI-based troubleshooting tools let NOC operators verify ATM connectivity between routers in the service provider core network or toward the customer sites. In addition, a single GUI provides visibility of potential traffic problems. Figure 1 illustrates a situation in which the tunnel operational status is down, indicating a potential problem that can be investigated and rectified.

Other troubleshooting tools include:

Debugging MPLS forwarding issues

Examining MPLS traffic engineering issues

Providing visibility of MPLS tunnels and label-switched paths (LSPs), both head and transit cases

Diagnosing virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) problems

Figure 1

MPLS Troubleshooting Tools of the Cisco 12000/10720 Router Manager

The Cisco 12000/10720 Router Manager includes comprehensive fault, configuration, accounting/inventory, performance, security (FCAPS) device-management tools that are consistent across all Cisco element managers as outlined below. Consistent device management across the entire network, coupled with consistent OSS integration interfaces, provides a solid management foundation for rapid service delivery, reduced costs, and increased service availability.

Cisco 7600 Router Manager

The Cisco 7600 Router Manager Version 3.0 provides carrier-grade management for high-speed edge aggregation services such as metro Ethernet and includes support for the new enhanced 4-port Gigabit Ethernet Optical Services Module (OSM) card for aggregating switched Layer 2 traffic and transporting it over the IP/MPLS backbone. The element manager also provides FCAPS management for the Flex WAN carrier card to reuse Cisco 7500 Series port adapters in Cisco 7600 Series Routers.

The Cisco 7600 Router Manager provides GUI features designed to increase the efficiency of network operations. For example, routing protocol management GUIs reduce the complexity and cost of deployment. Figure 2 shows how the simple GUI layout allows a NOC operator to inspect BGP configuration options and add additional route redistribution configurations without having to understand the details of Cisco IOS Software features.

Figure 2

Simple GUI for Protocol Management in Cisco 7600 Router Manager

The Cisco 7600 Router Manager has new tools to help you understand and troubleshoot metro Ethernet deployments. 802.1Q tunneling is a technology that enables service providers to provide transparent Ethernet virtual private network (VPN) service to multiple sites over a shared service provider infrastructure. The Cisco 7600 Router Manager helps NOC technicians understand these networks using several tools. One important feature is the 802.1Q tunneling view, which provides visibility of each node participating in the 802.1Q tunnel.

The Cisco 7600 Router Manager shares many of the common capabilities and features available across the Cisco element manager portfolio, including Event Browser and Map GUI applications, as well as common OSS integration mechanisms.

Cisco 10000 Manager

Cisco 10000 Manager is the newest in the Cisco portfolio of element managers and offers carrier-grade element management for IP edge deployments. It provides several GUI features designed to increase network operations productivity. With the ability to discover inventory in real time, this element management system (EMS) helps to ensure rapid deployment of Cisco networking equipment and provides comprehensive element service assurance to solve network problems quickly.

The Cisco 10000 Manager has several detailed troubleshooting tools, including fault detection on cards and management interfaces and threshold and performance monitoring to maintain service availability. For example, the Cisco 10000 Manager can carry out threshold monitoring of the trunk line on the core side of the Cisco 10000 Series provider edge router to prevent overloading and resultant loss of leased-line or broadband services.

Figure 3

Cisco 10000 Manager Monitors Active and Standby Performance Routing Engines

The Cisco 10000 Manager supports the redundant features of the Cisco 10000 Series Router. For example, Figure 3 shows how the Cisco 10000 Manager monitors active and standby performance routing engines (PREs), clearly indicating real-time status using industry-standard telecom graphic objects. NOC operators can clearly identify or diagnose potential failover issues as well as configure the synchronization and failover properties of the cards (Figure 4).

Figure 4

Redundancy Support in Cisco 10000 Manager

Consistent Element Management

Cisco element managers provide consistent, carrier-grade device management across the entire network. This helps service providers deploy and manage new technologies and services quickly, reduce ongoing operating and training costs, and maximize revenue from the entire network.

Tasks are completed more rapidly using Cisco element managers. For example, troubleshooting tools used in the NOC isolate problems more quickly and ensure rapid repair to reduce service interruption; new devices are deployed and configured more quickly using template bulk configurations; and subscriber provisioning issues are resolved more quickly to speed up service deployment.

Simple GUI interfaces, with context-sensitive tools for device management and troubleshooting, mean that first- and second-level support in the NOC does not depend on highly skilled network professionals. These specialists can be redeployed for more complicated tasks.

All Cisco element managers carry out real-time inventory monitoring to ensure that inventory databases are accurate. This is essential for network planning and capacity monitoring to maximize revenue from existing network inventory.

Consistent management across Cisco carrier-class IP/MPLS core and edge routing platforms increases operational efficiency, maximizes the benefits of Cisco router technology, and can lower total cost of ownership.

For More Information

For more information about Cisco element managers, including details about the wide range of FCAPS device-management tools, visit:

Cisco element managers include:

Cisco Access Router Manager

Cisco 7000 Series Manager

Cisco 7600 Router Manager

Cisco 10000 Manager

Cisco 12000/10720 Router Manager

Cisco Catalyst® 8500 Manager

Cisco Catalyst Switch Manager

Cisco DSL Manager

Cisco Cable Manager

Cisco Media Gateway Manager

Cisco Media Gateway Control Node Manager

Cisco Universal Gateway Manager

Cisco Transport Manager

Cisco WAN Manager

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