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ALPS MATIP Protocol NetworkingWith 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 CostsMaintaining 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 ServicesBy 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 BenefitsTable 1 summarizes MATIP support features and their benefits.Table 1 MATIP Features and Benefits
MATIP Support Product ComponentsTable 2 itemizes the platforms and feature sets that support remote MATIP translation.Table 2 Cisco IOS Feature Sets on Supported Platforms
Any Cisco router can be used to support MATIP in the data center.