Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cisco's Quantum Unites Analytics, Policy, SON and WAN Optimization

Cisco is introducing a "Quantum" product suite that integrates network analytics, policy control, Self-Optimizing Network (SON), and WAN orchestration capabilities to give network operators better tools for monetizing traffic.

Cisco said its goal is to identify data-in-motion revenue opportunities via a monitoring abstraction layer and then apply real-time or near real-time policy control via PCRF to ensure better subscriber services.

The wide range of technologies brought together in Cisco Quantum originate both in-house and through a number of acquisitions carried out by Cisco in recent months, including BroadHop (policy control), Intucell (Self-Organizing Networks), ThinkSmart Technologies (location data analysis using Wi-Fi), and Cariden (network planning, design and traffic management).

The Cisco Quantum suite includes:

  • Cisco Quantum Network Abstraction Suite: provides a real-time network abstraction layer for network data collection, aggregation and orchestration to augment available information in all network decision processes.
  • Cisco Quantum Policy Suite: offers a next-generation policy management solution that enables service providers to scale, control, monetize and personalize any service on any type of network through a flexible, interactive architecture that supports application-centric policy capabilities.
  • Cisco Quantum Analytics Suite: provides business and network analytics capabilities that enable both historical and real-time predictive policy decisions. It includes dashboards for data visualization and programmable interfaces to create system alerts in conjunction with policy.
  • Cisco Quantum Wide Area Network (WAN) Orchestration Suite: provides network management tools to simplify capacity and traffic management, increase network efficiency, and reduce operational costs for service providers, particularly in IP/MPLS (Internet Protocol/Multiprotocol Label Switching) environments.