Cisco Prime NCS: Converged User, Access and Policy Management

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Learn how Cisco Prime NCS provides converged wired, wireless, and security policy management in a single solution for faster troubleshooting and more efficient network operations. Learn more:

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  • Source: *Apple Inc. Quarterly Financial Report, ** The US PC Consumer Market in 2015 – Forrester Research
  • Based on Peggy Casey draft 3/22/11 v.8b (final)Fully ScriptedCisco Prime is a new strategy for innovative network management. Cisco Prime supports enterprise and service provider organizations. The strategy was announced in the Fall of 2010 for service providers and Cisco Prime for Enterprise will be announced in April 2011. The Cisco Prime portfolio ofmanagement products are based on a service-centric foundation and support integrated lifecycle management of Cisco architectures and technologies. Cisco Prime products are built on an intuitive workflow-oriented user experience. Benefits of Cisco Prime products include: Simplified and predictable network management through a set of common attributes that deliver operational advantages and control across architectures, networks and services Increased operations efficiencies through reduced network errors, faster troubleshooting, and improved delivery of services Lowered total cost of ownership by maximizing the value of the existing network investment and integration with existing operational systems and processesCisco Prime Websites:Internal CEC - NMTG: External (Live 4/19/11):
  • Here is a table of the Cisco Prime for Enterprise product features mapped to each product. Cisco Prime Network Control System (NCS) 1.0Cisco Prime LAN Management Solution (LMS) 4.1Cisco Prime Collaboration Manger (CM) 1.0. Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module (NAM) 5.1
  • A recent survey taken by Cisco users revealed that a majority of performance issues are caused at the endpoint [or user device].
  • Empower first-tier teams to resolve problems more often, without escalation, with intuitive workflows
  • Enable reliable and secure access to business services from anywhere with a single view of users, their devices and their access credentials
  • Unified and/or focused visibility of clients Detect wired and wireless endpoints connected to the networkView reports, lists and alarms associated Wired & wireless discovery and inventoryAdd / detect infrastructure devices such as switches, WLAN controllers and Access Points Comprehensive infrastructure reporting View the access infrastructure as a whole or as discrete technologies
  • Google Earth integration


  • 1. Unified Management for Borderless Networks
    Cisco Prime Network Control System
  • 2. Disclaimer
    Many of the products and features described herein remain in varying stages of development and will be offered on a when-and-if-available basis. This roadmap is subject to change at the sole discretion of Cisco, and Cisco will have no liability for delay in the delivery or failure to deliver any of the products or features set forth in this document.
  • 3. Agenda
    Mobile devices created challenges when using focused tools
    Understanding Cisco Prime
    Cisco Prime Network Control System (NCS)
    Addressing client access issues with Cisco Prime NCS
    Cisco Prime NCS v1.0 deep dive
    Comprehensive Wireless Lifecycle Management
    Scalability, Deployment Options and Services
  • 4. Influx of Mobile Devices Creates IT Challenge
    IT Consumerization: Now a Reality
    Smartphone adoption is growing at 50%+ annually*
    By 2015, tablets will constitute 50% of laptop sales**
  • 5. The User to Device Ratio Has Changed
    IT Resources Stay The Same
    Borderless User
    • Anytime, Anywhere access
    • 6. One user: Many devices
    Fixed User
    • Wired access
    • 7. One user: One device
    Mobile User
    • Wireless access
    • 8. One user: Local devices
    Access Evolution
    Early 90’s
    Late 90’s
    Effectively support users with box management
    Need for policy & control
    Need for operational efficiency
  • 9. What is Cisco Prime?
    Cisco Prime …..
    • Is a strategy for innovative management
    • 10. Supports enterprise and service providers
    • 11. Delivers service-centric foundation and set of common operational attributes
    Cisco Prime offers…..
    • A portfolio of enterprise and service provider products
    • 12. Integrated lifecycle management across Cisco architectures and technologies
    • 13. Intuitive workflow-oriented user experience
    Cisco Prime benefits…
    • Simplified and predictable network management
    • 14. Increased operations efficiencies
    • 15. Lowered total cost of ownership
    For more information visit Cisco Prime Websites
  • 16. Cisco Prime for Enterprise Product Feature Summary
    100% support
    Partial support
    1 Day-one support for selected products only
    2 Includes sub-set of Smart Interactions features
    3 In conjunction with Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
  • 17. Cisco Prime Network Control System
    Converged Access Management for Wired and Wireless Networks
    Wireless | Wired | Security Policy | Network Services
    Unified Management
    Improved Network Visibility  Faster Troubleshooting  Eliminate Configuration Errors
  • 18. Networks are Converging
    Wireless considered as an EQUAL MEANS of ACCESS
    Aligning to Today’s Operational Environment
    Teams are Converging
    Cost pressure requires a ”DO MORE WITH LESS” operational model
    Visibility Must Converge
    Focused solutions will deliver DIMINISHING RETURNS
  • 19. Aligning to Today’s Operational Environment
    One Network  One Team One Solution
  • 20. Client Devices: Top Contributor to Network Performance Problems
    A recent survey shows that respondents view client devices as the TOP contributor to wireless network performance problems
  • 21. From “Box Management” to “User-focused Management”
    Integrated Wired & Wireless Monitoring and Troubleshooting
    Any End-user Device
    Any Location
    Any Network
    Extends to USERS and ENDPOINTS
  • 22. Evolving User Access Management
    Traditional Approach
    Cisco Prime NCS Approach
    • Less time and resources needed
    • 23. Single view of critical data
    • 24. Improves IT efficiency
    • 25. Consumes lots of time and resources
    • 26. Manual correlation of data
    • 27. Inefficient operational model
  • The Goal: Get Users Back On-line Faster
    Answer the who, what, when, where and how access related questions
  • 28. Optimize Network Operations
    Troubleshooting Laptop Connectivity Issues Example
    Traditional Approach
    Multiple teams/tools to provide resolution:
    Wireless NetOps – WCS with MSE
    Verify user credentials
    Confirm laptop associates to network
    Observe time laptop may connect
    Validate current location
    Wired NetOps – LMS
    Check port and connectivity
    Security Ops – NAC and ACS View
    Check laptop conforms to AUP
    Confirm access to VLAN for resource/application is permitted
  • 29. Cisco Prime NCS Approach
    One platform with consolidated view for immediate resolution:
    • Account verified
    • 30. Connectivity confirmed
    • 31. Endpoint complies with AUP
    • 32. Permitted time of day
    • 33. Impermissible location for laptop
    • 34. Problem identified/Case closed
    Optimize Network Operations
    Troubleshooting Laptop Connectivity Issues Example
    Unified Management
  • 35. Cisco Prime Network Control System v1.0
  • 36. Enhanced User Experience
    Information architecture: Seamless navigation and workflows align to tasks
    Modern interaction behavior: Maintains context while performing network management tasks
    Smart tables & advanced filtering: Quickly view additional information without leaving the workflow
    Ever-present alarm views & browser: Always-on visibility to potential end-user problems to speed remediation
    Designed to Work With How IT Approaches Problems
    Empower first-tier support teams to solve more problems
    Release upper-tier teams to focus on strategic projects
  • 37. Single Integrated User and Access Dashboard
    High-level View of Key Metrics with Contextual Drill-down to Detailed Data
    • Flexible platform: Accommodates new and experienced IT administrators
    • 38. Simple, intuitive user interface: Eliminates complexity
    • 39. User-defined customization: Display the the most relevant information
    © 2011 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.
    Lumos Features DRAFT
    Cisco Confidential
  • 40. Unified User and Endpoint Services
    Correlated and focused wired / wireless client visibility
    Client health metrics
    Client posture & profile
    Client troubleshooting
    Client Reporting
    Unknown device ID input
    Clear view of the end-user
    Who is connecting
    Using which device
    Are they authorized
  • 41. Integrated Access Infrastructure Visibility
    Wired & wireless discovery and inventory
    Add / detect infrastructure devices such as switches, WLAN controllers and access points
    Comprehensive access infrastructure reporting
    View the access infrastructure as a whole or as discrete technologies
    Stolen asset notification
    Track when devices presumed stolen come back online
    © 2011 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.
    Lumos Features DRAFT
    Cisco Confidential
  • 42. Spatial Maps
    Provides Context as to Where the Wired Endpoint Resides
    Associate access wired infrastructure and clients with a floor or building
  • 43. Identity Services Engine Integration
    Converged Security and Policy Monitoring and Troubleshooting
    Enforce Compliance
    Shows where security & policy problems exist
    Retrieves information directly from clients: Wired, wireless - authenticated, unauthenticated
    Reduces the time to troubleshoot security & policy problems
    Client posture status and client profiled views
    Drill deeper into security & policy issue details
    Direct linkage from Cisco NCS to Cisco ISE with contextual filtering
  • 44. Comprehensive Wireless Lifecycle Management
    Full Range of Lifecycle Capabilities
  • 45. PlanningRF Prediction Tools Assist in Designing Optimal WLANs
    Instant Access to Tools
    Easily Visualize the Ideal RF Environment
    Hierarchical Maps
    Integrated Planning Tool
    • Import floor plans from 3rd-party tools
    • 46. Configure access point placement, coverage, and other variables
    • 47. Generate equipment proposal
    Hierarchical Maps
    • Design multiple buildings, floors, regions
    Location and Voice Readiness Tools
    • View performance and coverage estimates
    Planning Tool
    • Eliminate improper RF designs and coverage problems
    • 48. Built-in tools perform site-surveys, RF reassessments and RF readiness evaluation
  • DeploymentFlexible Configuration Templates Streamline Operations
    Instant Additional Info.
    Industry’s Broadest Array of Integrated Configuration Templates
    Customizable Templates
    Apply common configurations across one or more controllers and access points
    Role-based access control and partitioning
    Standalone access point monitoring and migration
    Control power consumption with energy wise integration
    Controlled wireless guest access
    Easily Define Configuration Parameters
    Fast creation and maintenance of configurations for WLAN controllers, APs, and MSE
    Maximizes uptime and improves operational efficiency
    Deploy large, multi-site networks and managed-service alike
  • 49. Monitoring and Troubleshooting Quickly Access the Information You Need – When You Need IT
    Coverage Visualization
    Centralized Monitoring of the entire WLAN and LAN
    Identify and diagnose RF Interference events, air quality and interference security threats with Cisco CleanAir
    Robust fault event and alarm management
    Guided step-by-step client troubleshooting tools
    Ever-present search for cross network historical information
    Cisco ISE and ACS views for additional endpoint data
    Color-Coded Icons
    Ever-present Alarm Summary
    Efficiently assess, prioritize and manage RF interference issues
    Analyze problems and misconfigurations for all client devices across all connection media
    Troubleshoot large-scale LAN and WLAN environments with minimal IT staffing
    Quickly discover events occurring outside baseline parameters
  • 50. Ever-Present Search
    Simplified Customization of Display
    Mapping HierarchyandIcons
    Easily Monitor Each Location
    Quick Access To Tools
    Ever-Present Alarm Summary(Expandable)
    Heat Map of Each Location
  • 51. Remediation Returning the Network to Optimal Performance
    Streamlined Workflows
    Integrated workflows and tools:
    Receive performance degradation notices
    Quickly asses service disruptions
    Research resolution
    Take action
    CleanAir alerts summaries and reports identify where poor air quality and interferers exist
    Security dashboard and index show current security status
    Voice Tools for customized queries to address VoWLAN problems
    Security Dashboard
    Diagnose the RF environment and mitigate interference from Wi-Fi and non-WiFi sources
    Quickly assess and understand ways to improve the security index of the network
    Quickly discover events occurring outside baseline parameters
  • 52. OptimizeContinuous Improvement
    Long term historical reporting and trend analysis
    Extensive on-demand and automatic reporting
    Fully customizable
    Focused compliance reporting
    Alarm and event forwarding to 3rd-party solutions
    Output to CSV of PDF
    Effectively plan for future capacity, while properly controlling costs
    Align the reporting structure to your business or operational environment
    Understand common trends and top users of resources to right-size the network environment
  • 53. Services Management and Integration
  • 54. Unprecedented Scalability
    Complete lifecycle management of hundreds of wireless LAN controllers from a centralized location
    Rich monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco Catalyst Switches
    Visibility into key performance metrics – interface ports, endpoints and users and switch inventory
  • 55. Virtual Appliance
    Physical Appliance
    Appliance Delivery Models
    Physical and Virtual
    Application & Components
    Application & Components
    Cisco Provided
    Cisco Provided
    Customer Provided
    Cisco-branded Hardware
    Virtual Infrastructure
    Discontinuation of software binaries
    - Replaced by new Complete Appliance Model -
  • 56. Cisco WCS to Cisco Prime NCS Migration
    Cisco Prime NCS
    Cisco WCS 7.0.X
    Multi-tier License Model
    Singlei-tier License Model
    WCS Base License
    (Examples: WCS-APBASE-X or WCS-WLSE-APB-X)
    Prime NCS License
    (Example: L-NCS-1.0-X)
    WCS Plus License
    (Examples: WCS-Plus-X or WCS-WLSE-Plus-X)
    Must be on WCS or
    1:1 Upgrade
    *Note: WCS 7.X is the last release running on CiscoWorks Wireless LAN Solution Engine (WLSE)
    © 2011 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.
    Lumos Features DRAFT
    Cisco Confidential
  • 57. Mission Critical Wireless
    Wireless LAN Services Converged Management of Borderless Networks
    Identify mobility solutions that align to your business strategy
    • Cisco Unified Wireless Network Readiness Assessment
    Optimize mobile connectivity with enhanced performance, security and reliability
    • Wireless LAN Network Assessment
    Ensure the architecture can support the solutions
    • Wireless LAN Architecture Design
    Design a secure, high performance network for mobile collaboration
    • Wireless LAN Planning and Design
    Accelerate ROI with efficient migration and implementation
    • Wireless LAN Implementation
    Lower TCO with out-tasked management and monitoring
    • Wireless LAN Remote Management Services
    Improve efficiency and performance with network intelligence
    • Wireless LAN Optimization
    Enable the Architecture
    Enable Business Solutions
    Enable a Smart Network
  • 58. One Network - One Solution
    Converged Access Management for Borderless Networks
    Improve IT Productivity
    Enable the Workforce
    Single Unified View
    • Provide reliable access to network services
    • 59. Visibility at the access layer as networks become borderless
    • 60. Address problems where most issues occur - The endpoint
    • 61. Single viewpoint for wired, wireless, security& policy management
    • 62. Unprecedented visibility and control
    • 63. Direct access to Cisco support and services
    • 64. Empower first-tier to address issues without escalation
    • 65. Resolve problems faster with logical workflows
    • 66. Improve resource productivity, lower TCO