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Cisco Access Router Manager

Cisco Access Router Manager 1.1 Data Sheet

Data Sheet


Cisco Access Router Manager 1.1


The Cisco® Access Router Manager is a graphical user interface (GUI)-based, carrier-class element management system (EMS) for managing Cisco 2600 Series, 3600 Series, and 3700 Series routers. It provides several GUI features designed to increase network operations productivity for large-scale, customer edge router management, enabling service-level agreement (SLA) monitoring as a value-added service.

Cisco Access Router Manager Version 1.1 offers TeleManagement Forum standard GUI icons and numerous status and summarization dialog boxes (Figure 1).


Figure 1
Cisco Access Router Manager 1.1 GUI

Cisco Access Router Manager is one of the Cisco element managers that provide device-specific fault, configuration, accounting, performance, and security (FCAPS) management capability for Cisco service provider products. Cisco element managers are based on a highly scalable, tested, and field-validated common infrastructure. This flexible, modular model allows you to install the mix of element managers you need to support your business. It also enables cost-effective and rapid deployment of new element managers, which means you can more rapidly introduce and manage new services. Cisco element managers provide common interfaces and element management services to applications in the network- and service-management levels of the Cisco Internet OSS, as well as to your existing operations support system (OSS) components.

Cisco Access Router Manager runs on Sun Microsystem UltraSPARC servers with the Solaris 8 operating environment installed. For server specifications, visit: http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/756/partnership/sun/products/ Cisco_RefModel_Descriptions_CEM.pdf

Table 1 lists the primary features and benefits of Cisco Access Router Manager.

Table 1   Features and Benefits

Feature/Function Benefit
  • Fault management—Supports fault detection, alarm prefiltering, logging and display, troubleshooting, and repair.
  • Enables fast detection, troubleshooting, and repair, ensuring higher service availability, maximum revenue, and customer satisfaction.
  • Inventory management—Automatically discovers (and updates in real time) the elements in a network, as well as how each network element is configured in terms of field-replaceable units (interface cards and power supplies, for example) and installed software releases. The inventory also includes a logical inventory (IP addresses, for example). The inventory management function operates in real time and caters to online insertion and removal (OIR).
  • Helps ensure maximum use of the network to help maximize revenue.
  • Threshold Monitoring—Supports proactive checking for network capacity breaches. This powerful troubleshooting feature is useful for SLA supervision.
  • Provides higher service availability. Enables increased revenue by offering SLA supervision as a value-added service.
  • Network element administration—Includes Cisco IOS® Software image upgrade, configuration backup and restore, and management of Cisco IOS Software passwords.
  • Cisco Element Manager now includes CiscoWorks Resource Manager Essentials for network-element operations and administration tasks.
  • Simplifies time-consuming administrative tasks.
  • Reduces reliance on the command-line interface (CLI), and reducing operator training costs.
  • Network security—Gives the network operations center (NOC) manager precise control over access to EMS applications based on the operator's role. Access control can be customized based on any combination of individuals, groups, roles, and features, rather than a more restricted user-administrator structure.
  • Reduces margin for error and prevent malicious access. Increases reliability of service.
  • Multiple users—Supports multiuser, multisite NOC operations with up to 50 simultaneous users.
  • Reduces costs and simplifies operations for several sites from one NOC.
  • High availability—Online EMS database backup occurs without management interruption, even when backup is in progress. EMS process management and recovery help to ensure that all internal processes are up and running.
  • Reduces costs and simplifies operations for several sites from one NOC.
  • OSS integration interfaces—Enables integration into the service provider's OSS, and facilitates management using a single application. Based on industry standards, including Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), and File Transfer Protocol (FTP).
  • Reduces cost of operation.
  • Integration with Cisco CNS Configuration Engine for simpler, GUI-based Cisco IOS configuration management
  • Enables less skilled personnel to manage the network

For More Information

For more information about Cisco Access Router Manager and Cisco 2600 Series, 3600 Series, and 3700 Series routers, visit: http:/ /www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/netmgtsw/ps260/index.html

and:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/routers/index.html

For more information about Cisco EMS products and the Cisco Internet OSS, visit: http://www.cisco.com/go/oss

A free trial version (30 days) of Cisco Access Router Manager Version 1.1 is available by ordering part number EMS-ARM-D from Cisco.com.