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Cisco cnBR Operations Lab

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Solution Overview

As MSOs move from conventional Cable Modem Termination Systems (CMTS) systems to virtual CMTS (vCMTS) systems, there is a fear that new skills will be needed to manage them. Traditionally the provisioning and management of these systems have been done through CLI methods; with the advent of vCMTS systems, this is no longer the case. Being software and API driven, these systems are provisioned and managed through a GUI front end. In the case of Cisco's Cloud Native Broadband Router (cnBR), this front end is Cisco's Operation's Hub (OPS HUB). This lab aims to show that while these operations differ from CLI provisioning, no new skill set is needed. 

Goals & Objectives

In this lab the user will learn the following:

  • Create Templates
  • Provision Service Groups/RPDs
  • Manage cnBR nodes
  • Create Monitoring Playlists

Hardware & Software

Hardware:

Operations HUB

Cisco UCS-C220-M5SX

  • 2 x Intel Xeon Gold 5218R CPU
  • 384 GB RAM
  • 4 x 800GB SSD
  • 2 x 240GB M.2 SSD
  • 2 x Intel XL710-QDA2

cnBR-Core Servers

3 x Cisco UCS-C220-M5SX

  • 2 x Intel Xeon Gold 5218R CPU
  • 384 GB RAM
  • 4 x 800GB SSD
  • 2 x 240GB M.2 SSD
  • 2 x Intel XL710-QDA2

Provisioning Server

Cisco UCS-C220-M5SX

  • 2 x Intel Xeon Gold 5218R CPU
  • 256 GB RAM
  • 2 x 800GB SSD
  • 2 x 240GB M.2 SSD
  • 1 x Intel XL710-QDA2

SP-Router

  • Cisco NCS-55A1-24H

CIN (Converged Interconnect Network)

  • Cisco Nexus 3172PQ-10GE

Management Switch

  • Cisco Catalyst 2960X-48LPD-L

Timing Server

  • ADVA OSA 5420

Aggregation Switch

  • Cisco Nexus 3232C

Remote Phy Device

  • Cisco Remote PHY Shelf 7200

Modems

  • 2 x Arris Touchstone CM8200A

CPE

  • 2 x Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS

Software:

  • Cisco cnBR 21.2
  • Cisco Prime Network Registrar 10.1.2
  • VMWare VCenter 6.7.0.5
  • VMWare ESXI 6.5 Update 3 (For Cisco OPS Hub)

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