Cisco® Broadband Access Center (BAC) is a family of network management products devoted to managing the broadband access and aggregation domain. It is composed of a variety of modules, including those listed in Table 1.
Table 1 Cisco BAC Modules
|Cisco BAC for Broadband Aggregation|
|Cisco BAC for Cable|
|Cisco BAC for Convergent Network Subscriber Provisioning (CNSP)|
Cisco BAC Product Family
Cisco BAC for Broadband Aggregation is a carrier-class service and network management application that provisions Cisco 7200, 7400, and 10000 series routers in broadband aggregation deployments. Cisco BAC for Broadband Aggregation addresses the provisioning challenges that service providers typically face in deploying broadband voice and data services.
While the cost of broadband equipment continues to fall and the demand for high-speed services continues to rise, the current manual provisioning process is too tedious, labor-intensive, and error-prone to support mass-market deployment of those services. In addition to the number of network technologies and services being offered industry wide, ensuring the required sequence of operation and configurations is a tremendous challenge for the network administration to synchronize without network management tools. These complex manual procedures substantially prolong service activation time.
Cisco BAC provides an operations-support-system (OSS) interface for flow-through service provisioning, an easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) for standalone operation, and an intelligent voice and data service management engine and distributed transport gateway server for deployment on a large scale.
Cisco BAC provides data-driven provisioning services that allow the creation of flexible, customizable service, provisioning, and task profiles. Provisioning features include assignment of aggregation roles to Cisco 7200, 7400, and 10000 series routers and the addition, modification, or deletion of subscribers. Cisco BAC also enables complete network service life-cycle management, starting with the creation of new service offerings and customization of the provisioning flow for activating, modifying, or deleting such service offerings. Figure 2 illustrates how Cisco BAC provides an OSS interface for flow-through service provisioning, an easy-to- use GUI for standalone operation, and integration with Cisco Networking Services bus for communication to managed network elements.
Cisco BAC for Broadband Aggregation Components
Cisco BAC automates the manual steps of provisioning Cisco 7200, 7400, and 10000 series routers for broadband aggregation deployments. It is designed for service providers who are entering into advanced operations with convergent network technologies and services with a focus on combining voice and data services. By automating tedious, expensive provisioning tasks with carrier-class, highly scalable performance, Cisco BAC simplifies data service, voice service, and network management functions. These are key advantages in decreased operational costs, reduced total cost of system ownership, and greater network quality for service providers.
Equally important, the unique facilities of Cisco BAC for customizing service offerings dramatically reduce the time required for provisioning Cisco aggregation devices. This advantage enables service providers to accelerate the release of new, branded voice and data services to meet critical time-to-market requirements.
Table 2 Features and Benefits of Cisco BAC
Cisco BAC for Broadband Aggregation supports the Sun Solaris 8 operating system and requires Oracle 8.1.7 server software. The minimum recommended hardware configuration is a Sun Microsystems SunFire 280R. It is also recommended to have the Oracle database reside on a separate server. For current Solaris-based network management product hardware requirements, refer to the Cisco/Sun Hardware Platform Recommendation Table for hardware and part numbering ordering information.
Service and support for Cisco Broadband Access Center for Broadband Aggregation is available through Cisco Software Application Support (SAS) program. These services provide 24-hour technical assistance, full access to the information and support resources on Cisco.com Web site, and software maintenance updates within a single release.