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ALPS MATIP Protocol Networking

 

Table Of Contents

Data Sheet

Network Consolidation Reduces Costs

Cisco IOS Software Provides Enhanced Network Services

MATIP Benefits

MATIP Support Product Components


Data Sheet


ALPS MATIP Protocol Networking

With Airline Product Set (ALPS) MATIP protocol networking, Cisco provides support for translating P1024B (Airline Line Control [ALC]) and P1024C (Universal Terminal Support [UTS]) protocol traffic on properly configured Cisco 2500, 2600. 3600, 4500, and 4700 series router serial interfaces into IP traffic using TCP/IP according to the MATIP specification defined by RFC 2351. MATIP support is added to the Cisco IOS® software as part of the Plus feature packages. MATIP translation allows enterprises to transport the ALC and UTS traffic from agent set control units (ASCUs) at remote locations across a TCP/IP network to TCP/IP-based applications running on mainframes and other servers as shown in Figure 1. Routers in the data center see only IP traffic and do not participate in the processing of ALC and UTS protocols.

Network Consolidation Reduces Costs

Maintaining separate networks for P1024B, P1024C, SNA, telephone, and TCP/IP implies overhead in costs and complexity. MATIP protocol translation eliminates the need for a separate network for ALC and UTS data by incorporating that traffic into the TCP/IP network. SNA traffic can be consolidated into a  TCP/IP network, using technologies such as data-link switching (DLSw). Furthermore, telephone traffic can be consolidated into the TCP/IP network using technologies such as voice over IP. With a single TCP/IP network, cost savings can be realized in line costs, management, and a reduction in customized software and hardware.

Figure 1 Airline Network with MATIP Translation

Cisco IOS Software Provides Enhanced Network Services

By incorporating MATIP support into the Cisco IOS software, users gain value from the network services provided. As TCP/IP messages, the MATIP traffic can take advantage of security features such as encapsulation, firewall protection, and authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA). Using weighted fair queuing (WFQ) or custom queuing, MATIP traffic can be prioritized to meet response time criteria.

MATIP Benefits

Table 1 summarizes MATIP support features and their benefits.
Table 1  MATIP Features and Benefits
Features
Benefit

Transform ALC Protocols to MATIP Protocols

A TCP/IP infrastructure for all enterprise traffic

Support Devices and ASCUs that Use the P1024B and P1024C Protocols without Modification

Investment protection, less training costs, and faster network implementation

Use Properly Configured Standard Synchronous Serial Interfaces on the Cisco 2500, 2600, 3600, 4500, and 4700 Series Routers

Standard hardware and software, rather than customized, proprietary solutions

Support Point-to-Point and Multidrop Configurations

Network design flexibility

Security and Quality of Service Features of the Cisco IOS Software

Enhanced network services that enable new services and end users


MATIP Support Product Components

Table 2 itemizes the platforms and feature sets that support remote MATIP translation.
Table 2  Cisco IOS Feature Sets on Supported Platforms
Router Platform
Feature Set
Image Name
Cisco 2520, 2521, 2522, 2523

IP Plus

c2500-is-1

 

IP Plus 40

c2500-is40-a

 

IP Plus 56

c2500-is56-a

 

Enterprise Plus

c2500-js-1

 

Enterprise Plus 40

c2500-js40-1

 

Enterprise Plus 56

c2500-js56-1

 

Enterprise/APPN Plus

c2500-ajs-1

 

Enterprise/APPN Plus 40

c2500-ajs-40-a

 

Enterprise/APPN Plus 56

c2500-ajs-56-a

Cisco 2600 Series

IP Plus

c2600-is-mz

 

IP Plus 40

c2600-is40-mz

 

IP Plus 56

c2600-is56-mz

 

IP Plus IPsec 56

c2600-is56I-mz

 

Enterprise Plus

c2600-js-mz

 

Enterprise Plus 40

c2600-js40-mz

 

Enterprise Plus 56

c2600-js56-mz

 

Enterprise Plus IPsec 56

c2600-js56I-mz

 

Enterprise/APPN Plus

c2600-ajs-mz

 

Enterprise/APPN Plus 40

c2600-ajs40-mz

 

Enterprise/APPN Plus 56

c2600-ajs56-mz

 

Enterprise/APPN Plus IPsec 56

c2600-ajs56I-mz

Cisco 3620

Enterprise Plus

c3620-js-mz

 

Enterprise Plus 40

c3620-js40-mz

 

Enterprise Plus 56

c3620-js56-mz

 

Enterprise/APPN Plus 40

c2500-ajs40-a

 

Enterprise/APPN Plus 56

c2500-ajs56-a

 

Enterprise/APPN Plus 56

c3620-ajs56-mz

Cisco 3640

Enterprise Plus

c3640-js-mz

 

Enterprise Plus 40

c3640-js40-mz

 

Enterprise Plus 56

c3640-js56-mz

 

Enterprise/APPN Plus

c3640-ajs-mz

 

Enterprise/APPN Plus 40

c3640-ajs40-mz

 

Enterprise/APPN Plus 56

c3640-ajs56-mz

Cisco 4500 and 4700 Series

Enterprise Plus

c4500-js-mz

 

Enterprise Plus 40

c4500-js40-mz

 

Enterprise Plus 56

c4500-js56-mz

 

Enterprise/APPN Plus

c4500-ajs-mz

 

Enterprise/APPN Plus 40

c4500-ajs40-mz

 

Enterprise/APPN Plus 56

c4500-ajs56-mz


Any Cisco router can be used to support MATIP in the data center.