Welcome to the Cisco Networking Professionals Ask the Expert conversation. This is an opportunity to discuss Optical Network Management with Cisco expert Steve Shingler. Steve is a Product Manager in the Optical Management Unit of Cisco's Optical Networking Group. As a Product Manager Steve's responsibilities include the collection of new product requirements and the definition of new features and functionality along with the launch, promotion and support of Cisco Transport Manager. Feel free to post any questions relating to Optical Network Management . Remember to use the rating system to let Steve know if youve received an adequate response.
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Yes, Cisco Transport Manager has 3 northbound interfaces: TL1, SNMP and CORBA. The TL1 and SNMP interfaces provide pass through to the network element so the level of functionality available on these interfaces is determined by the network element. The CORBA interface can be used for fault and inventory of all network elements and circuit provisioning for the ONS 15454, 15327 and 15600.
Yes, CTM can download new software to the network elements. This can be done on demand or scheduled to take place at a selected time. However, make sure the version of CTM you are using supports both the old and new version of network element software.
Yes, it is possible to install CTM onto two servers, one being the active and the other being the standby. In the event of a hardware failure of the first server the standby server will automatically initialize and become the active system. You must use the Cisco Transport Manager High Availability Agent along with Veritas software to perform this monitor and switch over function. Two scenarios are possible, Local redundancy where the two servers are co-located and geographic redundancy where the two servers are remote.
This configuration is also valuable for when scheduled maintenance down time is planned. One server can manage the network while maintenance is performed on the other.
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