Service providers face tremendous challenges in managing optical networks. These challenges include accurate capacity planning; maintaining an offline database of resources and links that are aligned with the real network; verifying that circuits are in place and working as expected; periodic configuration backup over large numbers of network elements and software images; and creating on-demand reports showing historical performance and demonstrating fulfillment of customer Service-Level Agreements (SLAs). Network operators need a solution to address these issues - one that simplifies complex provisioning tasks in order to accelerate the deployment of new services, maintains transport network efficiency during the entire lifecycle, feeds Operations Support Systems (OSSs) with real-time network data, and reduces the cost of ownership.
Cisco Prime Optical is a carrier-class, multi-technology management system that integrates the end-to-end management of legacy transport networks and packet optical transport networks. Cisco Prime Optical helps Communication Service Providers (CSPs) deliver the capacity and Quality of Service (QoS) required to support the delivery of rich-content-based services and high-bandwidth applications.
Scalability and growth
Scalability and growth in a robust carrier-class element management system, designed for reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) that can scale to thousands of optical devices.
Increased productivity with a multi-technology management system that integrates the inventory, performance, and configuration management functions in a single application.
Extendibility and easy OSS integration
Extendibility and easy OSS integration using an EMS system with a standards-based Northbound Interface that provides predefined integration with market-leading OSSs, like Tivoli Netcool for Cisco Prime.
Built-in intelligence, helping operators quickly accomplish tasksProduct Highlights
Built-in intelligence, helping operators quickly accomplish tasks when performing end-to-end circuit provisioning by automatically selecting and implementing an optimal route that uses resource diversity on working and standby paths.
- Maintains an efficient and productive optical infrastructure with one view of the nationwide optical network supporting fault, configuration, performance, and security management, constantly monitoring the key performance indicators of the optical network
- Makes advanced management capabilities such as A-to-Z circuit provisioning easy to learn and error free
- Reduces the initial network discovery time by half, allowing shorter system startup, significantly reducing the length of the network maintenance window, and reducing operating expenses (OpEx)
- Extends the strength of the network core to the edge of the network, particularly in mobile backhaul and optical transport networks, by provisioning static Label Switched Paths (LSPs) from core to edge