The Cisco Catalyst 8500 switch router is a Layer 3-enhanced ATM switch that seamlessly integrates Layer 3 and ATM switching into a single chassis. Additionally, the Cisco Catalyst 8500 switch provides an integrated ATM and Gigabit Ethernet network solution.
The Cisco Catalyst 8500 Series Manager application supports three of the Cisco Catalyst 8500 routers:
Cisco Catalyst 8500 Series Manager works in conjunction with the Cisco Element Management Framework (Cisco EMF) to provide element management that enables service providers to plan, provision, and monitor network services on Cisco Catalyst 8500 Manager routers.
Note For more information on the Cisco Catalyst 8500 Series Manager, refer to the
Cisco Catalyst 8500 Manager User Guide, Release 1.0.
Cisco EMF Software Features
Cisco EMF provides a flexible framework which supports a variety of EMs, making it possible to manage multiple device types within a given network on a single system. Common network management functionality provides for complete management of the logical and physical components of the network. Using a solid base, Cisco EMF provides vital core functionality which allows for optimal network management when combined with EMs. Features include the following:
Map ViewerDisplays the contents of the managed device(s) and serves as the primary entry point for the EM, allowing for enhanced object monitoring status for all network elements within the managed network
Deployment templatesProvides object deployment prompts, increasing ease and consistency
Auto DiscoveryAllows for the automatic discovery of devices entering the network based on IP and/or SNMP data
Event BrowserNotifies the system of events (e.g., alarms) which occur on the managed network and, in turn, notifies the network manager according to adjustable settings
Object Group ManagerEnables you to organize managed objects which relate to one another into groups
Performance managerPresents performance statistics for monitored objects in a variety of formats according to the criteria selected
User Access ControlAdministration tool allowing system administrators to manage application privileges per user and user passwords
Query EditorProvides custom filtering capabilities which include or exclude certain information from writing to the database and enables object group management
Notification ProfilesWarns the user of system events according to defined environmental occurrences through an audible or visual indicators (e.g., beep, display pop-up window), scripts (which, for example, sends an e-mail message), or event generation
Thresholding RegimesDefines a set of polling attributes and the polling period for monitoring, which, when met, run the applicable notification profiles
Event GroupsOrganizes events by managed object(s) according to query settings
Database ManagementMaximizes the Resource Manager Essentials (RME) tool to manage database backup and restoration
Note For further information on Cisco EMF and the tools it provides, see the Cisco Element Management
Framework User Guide Release 3.2.
Cisco EMF must be installed prior to installing EM software.
Note For information pertaining to the installation of Cisco EMF, see the Cisco Element Management
Framework Installation and Administration Guide Release 3.2.
EM Software Features
Installed with Cisco EMF, the EM allows for precise management of the device(s) it supports through custom GUI windows and modeling behavior. Invoked from the Cisco EMF Map Viewer application, the EM provides Fault, Configuration, Accounting, Performance, and Security (FCAPS) windows on chassis, module, interface, and connection levels as applicable. These windows provide the features which compliment the Cisco EMF capabilities to provide for complete, efficient network management.
Specifically, the Cisco Catalyst 8500 Series Manager supports the Cisco Catalyst 8500 switches, including the Cisco MSR 8540, Cisco MSR 8510, and the Cisco LightStream 1010 (LS1010). Cisco Catalyst 8500 Series Manager supports various modules, such as ATM, Gigabit and Fast Ethernet modules; and ATM, Ethernet, IP, and SONET interfaces.Element management capabilities for these items are provided in windows and wizards, eliminating the need for operators to have detailed Cisco IOS software and SNMP-based knowledge for individual interface or system parameter commands.
The following features highlight the capabilities of the EM:
FrameworkBased on Cisco EMF 3.2, which includes FCAPS management tools
IOS VersionsSee the corresponding release note document for specific versions supported
Deployment and DiscoveryAllows for manual or automatic deployment and discovery
DeploymentSupports manual deployment for generic objects, and pre-deployment of chassis objects using templates which provide faster deployment with fewer errors
Auto DiscoveryDiscovers chassis and all submodules automatically within a given IP range, providing real-time information regarding the contents of the network
SynchronizationSynchronizes the physical and logical inventory models with managed NEs, providing accurate, real-time information on what is deployed in the network
Fault managementProvides status information, as well as fault detection, troubleshooting, and repair tools
ConfigurationProvides base configuration for managed objects within the device, as well as:
DiscoveryAllows for discovery of individual chassis and modules, or complete subchassis discovery
ATM ProvisioningLogical inventory reflects real time provisioning
RestorationConfiguration backup functionality is available, enabling configuration restoration as required
RedundancyDual CPUs allow for fail-over backups and provide forced fail-over capabilities when needed
ProfilesAllows you to apply established configuration parameters to a bulk number of objects
AccountingProvides real-time inventory information
PerformanceSupplies real-time performance-related statistics for modules, interfaces, and connection, as well as capabilities to log historical performance data for analysis
SecurityProvides capabilities to manage system security at the EM or device level
Alarm NotificationProvides support of multiple traps, producing alarm notification per the criteria established