Contributed by David Flesh, Sr Manager, Product Marketing, Cisco Network Management Technology Group
A common theme we hear from service providers is the challenge of delivering high-quality services at the lowest possible price. IP Next-Generation Network architectures are increasingly complex to operate with the volume of services growing at an exponential rate. To sustain the cost of deployment and maintain average revenue per user, communication service providers need an efficient management system that provides visibility into network and service performance.
Cisco just introduced a new performance management solution that helps enable service providers to proactively manage their next-generation networks, including service assurance and capacity planning. Cisco Prime™ Performance Manager complements an existing set of network management tools or works completely as a standalone solution. Cisco Active Network Abstraction (ANA) customers like the easy integration and the ability to access service and element performance information from the topology views.
Cisco Prime Performance Manager provides more than 200 pre-generated reports on a wide range of technologies. These reports help operators and network planners answer those questions that keep you up at night; questions such as which devices are over-utilized, what backhaul links are congested, and which services have poor quality or response time. With dashboard views showing network-level availability and utilization reports, operators can quickly identify the most pressing issues impacting the network. Pre-generated reports provide deep visibility into such areas as application traffic, availability of services and devices, IP quality of service, IP protocols, IP service level agreements, resource utilization, and transport statistics.
Most importantly, the solution is designed to provide fast, easy, actionable information. Unlike most performance management systems thatrequire extensive setup, Cisco Prime Performance Manager can be installed and generating reports in a matter of hours. As one reviewer put it, “Cisco Prime Performance Manager provides 90% of the functionality with 10% of the effort”. Easy to deploy and maintain, providing carrier-class scalability with lower total cost of ownership, Cisco Prime Performance Manager can be easily extended and customized to support new devices and generate new reports. It allows service providers to quickly adapt to changing market dynamics and adjust service offerings without upgrading the management software.
You can try Cisco Prime Performance Manager for yourself by downloading a no-cost 60-day trial version from the Cisco Marketplace at http://www.cisco.com/go/nmsevals. If you find the information and insight into your network valuable you can purchase a license that will remove the time restriction from the eval -- there’s no need to reinstall or repopulate the system.
To learn more, please visit www.cisco.com/go/performance.