ISR G2 Management Capabilities and Applications

From embedded management features to network management applications to service management tools, Cisco provides extensive embedded capability and a wide range of tested tools for the Cisco Integrated Services Routers Generation 2 (ISR G2). Additionally, Cisco works closely with key third-party vendors to ensure their management applications are ready to manage the ISR G2 routers.

For background on embedded management capabilities and relevant Cisco applications, please refer to the ISR G2 Management Overview.

ISR G2 routers include extensive embedded management capabilities such as standard Simple Network Management Protocol Management Information Bases (SNMP MIBs), traps, syslogs, and configuration, monitoring, and automation technologies.

Feature Name Primary Use Description
SNMP MIBs, traps, syslogs, and command-line interface (CLI) Configuration and monitoring Offers standard interfaces for configuring and monitoring Cisco devices. ISR G2 Manageability Document summarizes additions and changes to MIBs, traps, and CLIs. MIB Locator provides MIB information for all IOS platforms.
Web Service Management Agent Configuration and provisioning Provides consistent XML messaging for CLI commands across Cisco IOS Software releases.
Flexible NetFlow (FNF) Monitoring Uses next-generation packet-flow technology to monitor application performance and network usage patterns and detect security incidents.
Embedded Event Manager (EEM) Monitoring and custom automation Monitors events and reacts based on user-defined policies; activates automated fault detection, troubleshooting, and self-recovery.

Choose from a broad array of management applications for Cisco ISR and ISR G2 routers.

Application Name Primary Use Description
Cisco License Manager v3.0 License management A secure client/server-based application for managing Cisco licenses and enable the pay-as-you-grow service model. It accelerates deployment of software licenses using a simple, rule-based policy interface and enables rapid rollout of advanced services in the network.
Cisco Configuration Professional v2.0 Device management GUI-based device configuration application for ISR G2 and ISR access routers and service modules. This free tool simplifies routing, firewall, IPS, VPN, unified communications, WAN, and LAN configuration through GUI-based easy-to-use wizards.
CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution (LMS) v3.2 Network management A comprehensive, integrated suite of management tools that simplify the configuration, administration, monitoring, and troubleshooting of Cisco networks. New features include support of SRE and EnergyWise.
CiscoWorks QoS Policy Manager v4.3 Network management A network management application that provides comprehensive QoS provisioning and monitoring capabilities, allowing configuration and fine-tuning QoS parameters required for successful end-to-end services such as TelePresence.
Cisco Branch Office Network Analysis Module v4.1 Network management Cisco ISR G2 service modules that provide traffic monitoring, reporting, diagnostics, and deep packet inspection.
Cisco Configuration Engine v3.0 Network management Application that allows zero-touch and near-zero-touch deployment; suitable for large-scale deployment.
Cisco Security Manager v3.3 and Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis and Response System v6.0.4 Service management Enterprise class applications that simplify network wide security policy configuration and provide security monitoring and threat mitigation.
Cisco Unified Communications Management Suite v7.1(2) Service management A comprehensive and integrated application suite that provides complete management for end-to-end unified communication services.
Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) Central Manager v4.1 Service management End-to-end WAAS management application on the Cisco Wide Area Application Engine appliance.

Cisco works with third-party vendors to make sure that their management applications support ISR G2 routers as they become available.

Vendor Application Primary Use Description Quote
CA Incorporated CA eHealth Performance Manager r6.1.2

CA Spectrum Infrastructure Manager 9.1.2
Network fault and performance management Provides centralized fault and performance management of IT applications, databases, networks, and systems "Cisco has made great strides delivering the borderless network. Enterprises and service providers can use CA eHealth Performance Manager r6.1.2 and Spectrum 9.1.2 to manage Cisco's ISR G2 to achieve operational excellence and deliver a quality customer experience."
- Roger Pilc, corporate senior vice president and general manager of CA's Infrastructure Management and Automation business unit
EMC Corporation EMC Ionix IP Availability Manager and Performance Management Network fault monitoring and root-cause analysis Automates real-time analysis of critical network connectivity problems and provides the critical lead time needed to address network performance problems before they affect service delivery "EMC Ionix was designed to help customers more effectively manage IT infrastructures. For Cisco ISR G2, this means Ionix not only discovers the device, but can also back up and restore configuration, test for compliance, remediate any violations, automate changes directly to the device, and automate root-cause analysis."
- Margaret Rimmler, vice president of marketing, EMC Ionix
Infovista InfoVista VistaInsight for Networks 3.1 Network performance management Allows telecom operators, service providers, and enterprises to optimize performance of mission-critical networked services, applications, and voice and data center infrastructures "The release of the ISR G2 router, supported today on our VistaInsight for Networks 3.1, takes Cisco's popular Integrated Services Router series to a new level. InfoVista's service performance and performance management solutions for VPN, voice, and bandwidth optimization provide strategic interoperability for operational excellence and compatibility on networks built using the Cisco ISR G2 router."
- Vikas Trehan, vice president of product management and marketing, InfoVista
SolarWinds SolarWinds Orion Management Suite Fault and performance monitoring and configuration Offers network managers a comprehensive and easy-to-understand view of network health -- from fault and performance monitoring to configuration and IP address management "We are excited to collaborate with Cisco to make adoption of the innovative and operationally efficient ISR G2 easy and seamless for our joint customers. All current versions of SolarWinds Orion products can take immediate advantage of the ISR G2, aggregating and monitoring performance data, including NetFlow, IP SLA, and EnergyWise."
- Kenny Van Zant, SVP and chief product strategist, SolarWinds