Network Management: Lucent Technologies Introduces Multi-Vendor Network Management And Services Software for Data-Centric Networks – OneVision Management Systems – Product Announcement
Lucent Technologies Wednesday announced that it will offer a powerful new suite of software, called OneVision Management Systems for network operators, that will support a wide range of data and network service management needs, and will work with multiple vendors’ equipment and software. Bell Atlantic Data Solutions Group is deploying the OneVision software as part of Lucent’s overall management solution for the carrier’s next-generation data network. At a news conference held at the CeBIT World Business Fair, Lucent said its new software, OneVision Management Systems for network operators, is a comprehensive software platform for data-centric networks, providing a broad range of management across multiple network technologies. OneVision for network operators provides interdomain and network service management features, as well as support for multiple protocols and interfaces used in Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Frame Relay and Internet Protocol (IP) networks. It also provides flow-through provisioning services through its interdomain functions, including support for diverse networking technologies such as Plesiochronous Digital Hierarchy (PDH), Synchronous Optical Network (SONET), ATM, Frame Relay and Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH). “We’re excited about the breadth and flexibility of the OneVision platform in supporting our next-generation data networking initiatives,” said Stu Verge, president of Global Networks, a unit of Bell Atlantic’s Data Solutions Group. “Bell Atlantic required a system to help manage the complexity of providing multiple data services across several technologies, and to work with a variety of hardware and software from multiple vendors. OneVision Management Systems fulfills these needs with the reliability and quality we require to provide our customers with leading-edge services.” “Lucent’s OneVision network and service management solution directly addresses network operators’ number-one challenge: how to manage multi-service, multi-technology domain and multi-vendor networks while meeting customers’ expectations for carrier-grade performance and reliability,” said Tom Buonanno, vice president, data and performance offer unit, Lucent Communications Software Group. “The OneVision system is a fully integrated, modular family of products that will provide comprehensive, cost-effective solutions for network operators, helping them to provide higher levels of quality with exceptional customer service.” The OneVision components announced Wednesday include: o OneVision ATM Network Management System (NMS), which offers configuration, fault and performance management for ATM and Frame Relay. The ATM NMS provides quicker provisioning and faster responses to network faults, helping to improve network performance and quality of service. o OneVision IP NMS, which provides functions such as automatic router configuration and fault and performance management for IP networks. The IP NMS also enables provisioning of advanced services such as IP-based Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). o OneVision Interdomain Management System, designed to provide end-to-end service provisioning and fault management across multi-vendor, multi-domain and multi-technology network environments, including SONET/SDH, PDH, ATM, Frame Relay and IP. o OneVision Customer Service Management System, which allows network operators to provide integrated network/service management on a customer-specific basis and across multiple technology domains by correlating network data to their customers and their services. Each end-customer’s network components, services, alarm status and network service performance can be precisely monitored and analyzed, enabling network operators to meet the service level agreements (SLAs) they have established with their customers. OneVision’s standard graphical user interface provides intuitive on-screen management, as well as access control and security features. “Network operators are forced to manage their disparate network elements through separate management systems for each-often because equipment vendors provide only management support for their own network elements,” said Buonanno. “Network operators will find that OneVision solutions directly address their current and future needs-we’re making it as easy as possible to manage increasingly complex multi-vendor networks so providers can differentiate their services and deliver complete customer satisfaction.” Lucent has established strategic alliances with best-of-breed software component developers to help create key elements of OneVision solutions. Micromuse, Inc., San Francisco, provided the Fault Management platform; Concord Communications, Marlboro, MA, contributed the Performance Management platform, and Syndesis Ltd., Toronto, Ontario, developed the ATM/Frame Relay Configuration Management platform. Lucent worked closely with the alliance members to integrate and enhance their technologies within Lucent’s own software, and for integration with Bell Labs contributed innovations and other popular software platform components supported by OneVision. Additionally, Lucent will provide a variety of support programs for its OneVision Management Systems for network operators. Professional services, such as the family of NetCare consulting, integration, diagnostic and operations services, as well as operations engineering and consulting are available. OneVision’s Open Corba Architecture for Network Operations Convergence Lucent’s OneVision Management Systems for network operators uses robust Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) interfaces. Lucent’s Open Operations CORBA Architecture utilizes interworking capabilities between operations systems, thus enabling OneVision to provide an advanced framework for converging data, transport and circuit-switched networks. Moving forward, Lucent will work with other vendors of network element, element management and network management systems to define a standard CORBA interface for ATM/Frame Relay and IP networking, as well as for Telecommunications Management Network (TMN)-based operations systems and the combined circuit/packet devices of the future. The OneVision platform is built on a state-of-the-art, object-oriented software architecture based on popular industry standards such as Java, C++, UNIX, Windows NT, SQL and ORACLE . OneVision incorporates Bell Labs innovations, features from existing Lucent management software and integrated components from leading third-party vendors, implemented in a three-tier distributed client/server architecture for a high level of scalability. OneVision servers, clients, and databases can be co-resident on a computing server or distributed across multiple servers. Multiple product servers can be used for redundancy and scaling ability, and many products support a hierarchy of servers for the large networks. Lucent’s OneVision Management Systems integrates with other vendors’ equipment through existing interfaces such as Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Command Line Interface and File Transfer Protocol (FTP). OneVision applications are deployed on the X500 line of enterprise servers from Sun Microsystems running the Solaris 2.6 operating system. Availability OneVision Management Systems for network operators is available as an integrated package, in combinations, or separately; and as components in Lucent’s Service Ready Transport and Data Service Management Solutions, and Lucent’s Data-Centric Long Distance Solution. Price is based on server capacity, client licenses and network equipment configuration. OneVision ATM Network Management is available now, in packages consisting of fault management, performance data collection and configuration management. OneVision IP NMS, Interdomain Management System and Customer Service Management System will be available in the May, 1999, time frame. Lucent Technologies, headquartered in Murray Hill, N.J., designs, builds and delivers a wide range of public and private networks, communications systems and software, data networking systems, business telephone systems and microelectronic components. Bell Labs is the research and development arm for the company. For more information on Lucent Technologies, visit the web site at http://www.lucent.com. Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With more than 42 million telephone access lines and 8.6 million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services and the world’s largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world’s largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries. Visit the web site at http://www.bellatlantic.com.
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