I have been getting many questions about Cisco Prime Infrastructure when teaching Cisco Prime LMS. Hopefully, the following will clear up the confusion.
Cisco Prime Infrastructure
Cisco Prime Infrastructure is a recent member of the Cisco Prime for IT portfolio. It provides planning, configuration, availability, performance monitoring, and troubleshooting of wireless and wired networks. As of February 18, 2013, Cisco Prime Infrastructure 1.3 became the latest release of the software, and is the recommended upgrade path for customers using Wireless Control System (WCS) and Network Control System (NCS).
Cisco Prime LMS
Cisco Prime LMS 4.2 is the most recent version of Cisco’s most popular network management software. It simplifies the configuration, compliance, monitoring, troubleshooting, and administration of Cisco wired networks. Cisco Prime Infrastructure 1.3 is also the recommended upgrade path for Cisco Prime LMS despite the fact that it does not contain all of the LMS functionality.
The current licensing requires customers to install both Cisco Prime Infrastructure and LMS as two separate images if they want to maintain the features available in LMS. In fact, when I installed Cisco Prime Infrastructure 1.2 and 1.3 in the lab, I discovered that these images are actually newer versions of Cisco Prime NCS. With each release, more and more features from LMS are being included.
Rumor has it that Cisco Prime Infrastructure 2.0 will finally merge NCS and the rest of the LMS features into a single image. It is being designed to manage global enterprise networks. Reportedly, it will support thousands of network devices and hundreds of thousands of access devices. Until then, Cisco Prime LMS 4.2 is not end-of-sale, and will more than likely be around for a while until the features are fully integrated.
Currently, there is no training for Cisco Prime Infrastructure, however Ascolta offers the following courses:
If you’re interested in reading a little more check out Dan’s recent article on the history of CiscoWorks LMS, Cisco Prime LMS, and Cisco Prime Infrastructure.
Cisco Prime Infrastructure 2.0
On Sept 3, 2013, Cisco made Cisco Prime Infrastructure 2.0 available on their download site. Stay tuned for more information.