Cisco Systems® announces that Cisco® Transport Manager 4.0 is available for order. This product release offers valuable new features and introduces support for the latest versions of the Cisco ONS Family of network elements.
Cisco Transport Manager is an advanced optical transport domain manager that delivers element and network management layer functionality for the Cisco ONS Family of optical networking products. Cisco Transport Manager supports configuration, fault, performance, and security management functional areas. Cisco Transport Manager also serves as a foundation for integration into a larger, overall operations support system (OSS) environment.
Cisco works to continuously improve the operational efficiencies of managing a Cisco optical transport network. This commitment is demonstrated by the new features available in Cisco Transport Manager 4.0 highlighted here.
Configurable user privilege profilesIn addition to the five predefined user privileges that currently exist (Operator, Provisioner, NetworkAdmin, SysAdmin, and SuperUser), the network administrator can now generate custom user-privilege profiles. This allows the administrator to generate a profile with Read Only, Read/Write, or No Access for a list of Cisco Transport Manager operations. Individual users can then be assigned to a given profile so that they can only access the management functions that are relevant to their operational duties. This capability provides more control and flexibility over the access permission of Cisco Transport Manager users.
Bulk network element discoveryA new discovery dialog is included that makes it possible to enter multiple IP addresses for network elements that are to be discovered. This saves time when adding multiple network elements to the Cisco Transport Manager's managed domain, making it unnecessary to initiate the discovery process on individual network elements one by one.
Network element autogroupingAdditional grouping options help with the logical grouping of network elements in the Domain Explorer during the discovery process. This allows discovered network elements to be grouped with the network element that discovered them, in the "Discovered Network Elements" group, or by subnet.
Locate equipment from Alarm BrowserThe Network Element (NE) Explorer can be launched from a selected alarm in the Alarm Browser or Alarm Log window. The NE Explorer opens, showing the physical location of the alarmed equipment and quickly identifies the location of an alarmed object to assist with diagnostics.
Circuit table enhancementsThe user can enter a Customer ID and a Service ID for each circuit in the Circuit table. These fields can be entered at the time the circuit is created, or through the "modify" capability after it is created. These free-form text fields are available to assist in identifying additional information about the end-user of the service. A notes field is also added to the Circuit table that allows a user to add notes to a specific circuit, if desired. Notes are typically used to inform other users of short-term operational activity taking place on a circuit.
When a port on the Cisco ONS 15454 SONET Multiservice Provisioning Platform (MSPP) has configured to carry Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) traffic, the virtual circuit (VC) number will be displayed in the Circuit table for easy identification.
Enhanced virtual LAN (VLAN) informationCisco Transport Manager 4.0 displays enhanced VLAN information for the Cisco ONS 15454 E-Series Ethernet cards. A new table is introduced, which displays information, including: network element ID, slot, port, and spanning tree state for a selected VLAN. This table provides a convenient way to display all ports participating in a given VLAN.
Element management system (EMS) self monitoringCisco Transport Manager introduces a new capability to perform self monitoring. This assists the administrator in analyzing system performance and provides early visibility of any potential performance problems. Monitoring will include: CPU usage, memory usage, disk usage, performance management (PM) data collection time, circuit creation time, configuration resynch time, and prune time. A minor, major, and critical threshold can be configured for each of the measurements. An EMS alarm is raised if these thresholds are crossed.
EMS AlarmsWhen Cisco Transport Manager attempts to access a network element, it generates an alarm if authentication fails. EMS alarms are also generated if user-settable self-monitor thresholds are crossed.
Show network element active usersCisco Transport Manager displays all users currently logged on to a network element and allows for a selected user to be disconnected. This feature is supported for the Cisco ONS 15454 R4.0 and Cisco ONS 15327 R4.0 software.
Operations on multiple network elementsCisco Transport Manager introduces the capability to download the Alarm Profile, NE Defaults, or Security Advisory message to multiple network elements. This capability is supported for the ONS 15454 and ONS 15327 R3.4.1, and above.
Robust alarm synchronizationWhen Cisco Transport Manager performs a re-synch with a Cisco ONS 15454 or ONS 15327, the administrator can configure the type of alarm re-synch that occurs. The administrator can choose the standard or robust re-synch method. If robust is selected, then the re-synch uses the network element's history log to re-synch alarms that have been raised and cleared, as well as the active alarms.
GateWay/CORBA enhancementsThe IP address of the network element is included in the GateWay/CORBA alarm notification. To indicate that the notification service in Cisco Transport Manager is alive and active, a heartbeat can be set up using a configurable timer in the control panel to provide regular messages to the OSS. For the Cisco ONS 15454 R4.0, it is possible to collect real-time performance management data through the GateWay/CORBA interface.
The Cisco Transport Manager 4.0 upgrade package (part number CTM-4.0-UPG) is available for any customer currently using a previous version of Cisco Transport Manager that wishes to upgrade to Cisco Transport Manager 4.0. Note that database migration is only supported from Cisco Transport Manager 3.2(.x) to 4.0. All existing right-to-use (RTU) licenses remain valid for Cisco Transport Manager 4.0.
Cisco Transport Manager comprises the base media kit, additional optional functional components (CORBA and HA), Client RTU licenses and network element RTU licenses. Tables 1 through 3 describe Cisco Transport Manager 4.0 software product kits, Client RTU license bundles, and NE RTU license bundles.
Table 1 Cisco Transport Manager 4.0 Software Product Kits
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Table 2 Cisco Transport Manager Client RTU License Bundles
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Table 3 Cisco Transport Manager Network Element RTU License Bundles
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Passive Cisco ONS 15216 network elements not actively managed by Cisco Transport Managernamely the Cisco ONS 15216 200 GHz Filter, ONS 15216 200 GHz OADM, ONS 15216 EDFA1, ONS 15216 OSC, and ONS 15216 DCUdo not require a Cisco Transport Manager RTU. The active Cisco ONS 15216 network elements, namely the Cisco ONS 15216 100 GHz OADM and ONS 15216 EDFA2, do require a Cisco Transport Manager RTU.
A Cisco Software Application Support Plus Upgrades (SASU) service contract must be purchased to receive access to technical support through Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) or Cisco.com. Cisco SASU also provides Cisco Transport Manager software upgrades as they are made available for the duration of the customer's contract. SP-SAU-xxx should be used for service provider customers. CON-SAU-xxx should be used for enterprise customers. Cisco SASU does not cover third-party products. Table 4 describes the annual maintenance contracts.
Table 4 Cisco Transport Manager Annual Maintenance Contracts
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