Guest Blog by Alison O’Brien, Product & Solutions Marketing Manager
Small Carriers and the NMS/EMS
Small carriers and rural local exchange carriers (RLECs) often forgo Network Management Systems/Element Management Systems (NMS/EMS) platforms because they don’t have dedicated IT departments. They often have limited staff, time and in some cases lack the breadth of technical IT skills needed to manage complex NMS/EMS platforms. In addition, finding a NMS/EMS solution that is priced to match their network size and that is easy to use and deploy can be a time consuming (if not impossible) task.
The Value of Network Management
Even though they may not use a NMS/EMS platform, these service providers do recognize the value of using a management tool. They know how an NMS/EMS can efficiently perform device management, network provisioning and network assurance tasks. They also know that an NMS/EMS can provide insight into network operation and performance, enabling their staff to more accurately respond to potential problems as well as automate manual tasks. And finally, they know the added value that an NMS/EMS can provide as they grow their business – particularly how it can support the expansion of new services.
EPN Manager: Cisco’s Solution – Even for Small Carriers
Introduced in June of this year, Cisco’s Evolved Programmable Network Manager (EPN Manager) is Read More »
Tags: agility, ASR9000, ASR901, ASR903, ASR920, EMS, EPN Manager, evolved programmable network, ME3600X, ME3800X, nms, orchestration, RLEC, Service Provider, simplicity
We’ve been talking a lot about security this week with the announcement of the Firepower 9300 and how we’re helping to secure the Evolved Programmable Network. Earlier posts talked about the security threat, the challenge to video delivery networks, and what steps we’re taking to for both DDoS mitigation and security in general.
Part of the challenge is that there are two types of DDoS attacks – volumetric – meaning, massive amounts of data – and application specific, a smaller attack but one that targets a specific service. An efficient, effective, defense-in-depth requires protection for both. Firepower 9300 is optimized for the application centric attacks, but the Cisco ASR9000 virtual DDOS or vDDOS mitigation leveraging from technology from Arbor Networks ensures that the bad guys can’t overwhelm your defenses at the edge of the network.
That edge-based protection is important since DDoS attacks getting bigger – in 2014 the biggest according to Arbor was 400 Gigabits per second. They’re also getting more complicated, or “multi-vector”, meaning the bad guys are attacking from multiple directions.
The Cisco ASR 9000 virtual DDoS mitigation solution, provides Read More »
Tags: Arbor, ASR9000, Cisco Service Provider, DDoS, DDoS mitigation, firepower 9300
So here we are in the middle of Spring 2015 and the temperature is beginning to rise, yes finally here in New England the temperature is beginning to rise after such a harsh winter. What is also on the rise according to ACG Research is the Cisco IP Infrastructure Market-Share. ACG published today their 1st Quarter 2015 Mobile IP Infrastructure Report and it stated that Cisco led the mobile industry
- Mobile IP Infrastructure at 44.7% up 5% QoQ
- Mobile IP Backbone at 69.6% up 2.6% QoQ
- Mobile IP Backhaul at 45.7% up 9.9% QoQ
- Packet Core (EPC + MPC) at 30.1%
With the recent announcements of merger mania in the Video and Mobile market, we expect Read More »
Tags: ASR5000 Series, ASR9000, ASR901, Cisco, Cisco VNI, EPC, esp, Evolved Packet Core, evolved services platform, LTE, mobile backhaul, Mobile IP Core, mobility, MPC, packet core, Service Provider, Virtualized packet core, vPC
So we were back in London this week to attend the annual Global Telecoms Business Summit and Innovations Awards, and what a great industry event it was. Lots of customer interactions, industry networking, exchange of best practices, and of course the Innovation Awards.
The Global Telecom Business Summit and Innovation Awards is an annual event that celebrates innovative solutions created by Read More »
Tags: Aspider, ASR5000 Series, ASR9000, ASR901, AT&T, EPC, esp, Evolved Packet Core, evolved services platform, LTE, mobile backhaul, Mobile IP Core, MPC, packet core, Service Provider, Telco Cloud, telefonica, Virtualized packet core, vPC, XL Axiata
What a great time to be in London this week, the weather was great with blue skies and warm weather. But the main reason this week to be in London was to attend the annual Global Telecoms Business Summit and Innovations Awards, and what a great industry event it was. During the event there were lots of customer interactions, industry discussions & best practices, and of course the Innovation Awards.
The Global Telecom Business Summit and Innovation Awards is an annual event that celebrates innovative solutions created by telecom vendors together with operators to make a difference to the world. Cisco and XL Axiata won the award for Network Infrastructure Innovation for “Transforming Mobile Service Delivery in Indonesia” where XL Axiata leveraged Cisco’s Industry Leading Virtualized Packet Core Solution to dynamically scale to support the dynamic Indonesia Mobile Data Growth. Read More »
Tags: Aspider, ASR5000 Series, ASR9000, ASR901, AT&T, EPC, esp, Evolved Packet Core, evolved services platform, LTE, mobile backhaul, Mobile IP Core, MPC, packet core, Service Provider, telefonica, Virtualized packet core, vPC, XL Axiata