Cisco Policy Suite, reference data is
considered information that is needed to operate the policy engine, but not
used for evaluating policies. For example, under the Reference Data tab in
Policy Builder, are the forms used to define systems, clusters, and instances,
and to set times and dates used for tariff switching. The policy engine needs
to refer to these data only to process policies correctly, but they do not
define the policy itself.
Custom reference data
is considered reference data that is specific to a service provider, perhaps
the names and characteristics of their networks or cell sites.
Such custom reference
data is stored in the data structure of a table, with the columns and field
attributes defined by the service provider for their specific use. The Policy
Builder interface does not provide screens for such customized information
because it would be so limiting.
Cisco Policy Suite, custom reference
data tables provide a way for service providers to create their own data tables
and to populate them.
The resulting custom
reference data tables can then be used within Policy Builder as criteria to use
when escalating policy decisions.
Two interfaces are
used to construct and populate custom reference data tables:
8.0.0 or greater
structures are managed in Policy Builder.
Control Center 3.6
or greater, either the full admin or read only privileges
Data table content
is managed in Control Center.
The information in
custom reference data tables handles special considerations such as these:
A list of device
mapping, to map network sites and cell sites into the subscriber’s home
network, roaming network, or preferred roaming network.
IMEI data tagging
for smart phone, Apple, or Android device, and then use of that in policies.
Custom reference data
tables allow the service provider to create their own data structures and
populate them with your own proprietary data.
The data in the tables
is then used during policy evaluation.
You can construct your
reference data tables yourself, or Cisco may build them for you after
installation. If you need any help with custom reference data tables, call your
Cisco technical representative.