Cisco Broadband Access Center for Broadband Aggregation

Cisco Broadband Access Center for Broadband Aggregation

Data Sheet

Cisco Broadband Access Center
for Broadband Aggregation

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

Product Function
Cisco BAC for Broadband Aggregation

Provisions Cisco 7200, 7400, and 10000 series routers in broadband aggregation deployments

Cisco BAC for Cable

Provisions Data over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS)-compliant cable modems

Cisco BAC for Convergent Network Subscriber Provisioning (CNSP)

Provisions DSL and T1 integrated access devices in voice over IP (VoIP)-over-ATM and VoIP-over-Ethernet networks

Figure 1 illustrates the Cisco BAC product family, the modules that make up the product family, and the associated access technologies and managed elements supported by those modules.

Figure 1
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.

Complete Lifecycle Management

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.

Figure 2
Cisco BAC for Broadband Aggregation Components

Reducing Operational Cost and Time to Market

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.

Features and Benefits

Table 2 lists the features and benefits of Cisco BAC.

Table 2   Features and Benefits of Cisco BAC

Feature Benefit
Device configuration
  • Configures Cisco 7200, 7400, and 10000 series routers for broadband aggregation roles, including Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) termination aggregation (PTA), Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) access concentrator (LAC), L2TP network server (LNS), and routed bridge encapsulation (RBE)
  • Supports various encapsulation types, including PPP over ATM (PPPoA), PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE), PPP over Ethernet over ATM (PPPoEoA), PPP over Ethernet over Ethernet (PPPoEoE), PPP over Ethernet over VLAN (PPPoEoVLAN), and so on.
Service provisioning
  • Configures services onto Cisco 7200, 7400, and 10000 series routers
Subscriber provisioning
  • Configures subscribers onto broadband aggregation devices:
Resource management
  • Provides inventory of physical and logical ports, quality-of-service (QoS) management, virtual-LAN (VLAN) management, permanent-virtual-circuit (PVC) management, and IP-address management
Role-based access control
  • Allows assignment of roles to operators, and limits access to network resources and functions based on those roles
Administrative networks
  • Allows separation of network resources into administrative domains, primarily in support of wholesale deployments
Graphical user interface (GUI)
  • Provides an easy-to-use, Web-based GUI
Application programming interface (API)
  • Provides a Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA)-based API for flow-through provisioning
  • Allows onsite customization of service features, profiles, the GUI, and so on

Platform Support and System Requirements

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.

The recommended GUI client is Internet Explorer Version 6.0.

Cisco Service and Support

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 Web site, and software maintenance updates within a single release.