Cisco IOS Software Packaging

Cisco is migrating to using Cisco IOS Packaging to simplify the image-selection process by consolidating the total number of packages and using consistent package names across all hardware products. Figure 5-22 illustrates the various packages available with Cisco IOS packaging.

Figure 5-21 Cisco IOS Software in the Network

Figure 5-21 Cisco IOS Software in the Network

Broadband access Mobility and wireless Data center Security

IP communications

Broadband access Mobility and wireless Data center Security

IP communications

Cisco IOS Software S IP Services and Infrastructure

Cisco IOS Software XR Scale and Availability

• High-end enterprise core

• Service provider edge

• Virtual Private Networks (MPLS, Layer 2, and Layer 3)

• Video and content multicast

• Large-scale networks

• High availability

• In-service software upgrade

Figure 5-22 Cisco IOS Packaging

Advanced Enterprise Services

Full Cisco IOS Software Feature Set

SP Services

MPLS, NetFlow, SSH, ATM, VoATM

Advanced Security

Cisco IOS Firewell, VPN, IPsec, 3DES, IDS, SSH

Enterprise Services

Enterprise Base, Full IBM Support and Service Provider Services

Advanced Security

Cisco IOS Firewell, VPN, IPsec, 3DES, IDS, SSH

SP Services

MPLS, NetFlow, SSH, ATM, VoATM

Enterprise Base Enterprise Layer 3 Routed Protocols and IBM Support

t

VoIP, VoFR, and IP Telephony

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Entry-Level Cisco IOS Software Image

Four packages have been designed to satisfy the requirements in base service categories; they are as follows:

■ IP Voice: Supports converged voice and data

■ Advanced Security: Provides security and VPN

■ Enterprise Base: Provides enterprise Layer 3 protocols and IBM support

NOTE The features of the lower-tier packages are included in the higher-tier packages.

Three additional premium packages offer new Cisco IOS Software feature combinations that address more complex network requirements:

■ SP Services: Adds SP features, including MPLS, ATM, Secure Shell (SSH) and NetFlow, to the IP Voice package

■ Advanced IP Services: Adds advanced SP services to the Advanced Security package

■ Enterprise Services: Adds advanced SP services to the Enterprise Base package

Advanced Enterprise Services, which integrates support for all routing protocols with voice, security, and VPN capabilities, includes all the features of the other packages.

NOTE Cisco IOS Packaging is available for Cisco IOS Release 12.3 on some Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISR). Most Cisco access, distribution or aggregation, and core routers, and other hardware that runs Cisco IOS software, will support Cisco IOS Packaging in the future.

After a feature is introduced, it is also included in the more comprehensive packages. Cisco calls this the feature inheritance principle of Cisco IOS Packaging; it provides clear migration, clarifying the feature content of the various packages and how they relate to one another.

Cisco IOS Packaging Technology Segmentation

Table 5-5 illustrates some of the technologies supported in the various Cisco IOS packages.

Table 5-5 Cisco IOS Packaging Technology Segmentation

Connectivity

VoIP and VoFR1

ATM, VoATM2, MPLS

AppleTalk, IPX3, IBM Protocols

Firewall,

IDS4,

VPN

IP Base

X

IP Voice

X

X

Advanced Security

X

X

Enterprise Base

X

X

SP Services

X

X

X

Advanced IP Services

X

X

X

X

Enterprise Services

X

X

X

X

Advanced Enterprise Services

X

X

X

X

X

1 VoFR = Voice over Frame Relay

2 VoATM = Voice over ATM

3 IPX = Internetwork Packet Exchange

4 IDS = Intrusion Detection System

1 VoFR = Voice over Frame Relay

2 VoATM = Voice over ATM

3 IPX = Internetwork Packet Exchange

4 IDS = Intrusion Detection System

KEY POINT

Use the Cisco Feature Navigator at http://www.cisco.com/go/fn/ to quickly find the right Cisco IOS and Catalyst operating system software release for the features that you want to run on your network.

Comparing the Functions of Cisco Router Platforms and Software Families

Table 5-6 compares the functions of the Cisco router platforms and the software families that support them.

NOTE The specific router platforms and software releases available will change over time; refer to http://www.cisco.com/ for the latest information.

Table 5-6 Comparing Cisco Router Platforms and Software Features

Hardware

Software

Function

800, 1800, 2800, 3800, 7200

Cisco IOS T Releases 12.3, 12.4, 12.3T, 12.4T

Supports access routing platforms, providing fast, scalable delivery of mission-critical enterprise applications

7200, 7301, 7304, 7500, 10000

Cisco IOS S Release 12.2SB

Delivers midrange broadband and leased-line aggregation for Enterprise and SP Edge networks

7600

Cisco IOS S Release 12.2SR

Delivers high-end Ethernet LAN switching for Enterprise access, distribution, core, and data center deployments, and high-end Metro Ethernet for the SP Edge

12000, CRS-1

Cisco IOS XR

Provides massive scale, continuous system availability, and service flexibility for SP core and edge (takes advantage of the massively distributed processing capabilities of the Cisco CRS-1 and the Cisco 12000)

Comparing the Functions of Multilayer Switch Platforms and Software Families

Table 5-7 compares the functions of the Cisco multilayer switch platforms and the software families that support them.

NOTE The specific multilayer switch platforms and software releases available will change over time; refer to http://www.cisco.com/ for the latest information.

Table 5-7 Comparing Cisco Multilayer Switch Platforms and Software Features

Hardware

Software

Function

800, 1800, 2800, 3800, 7200

Cisco IOS S Release 12.2SE

Provides low-end to midrange Ethernet LAN switching for Enterprise access and distribution deployments

4500, 4900

Cisco IOS S Release 12.2SG

Provides midrange Ethernet LAN switching for Enterprise access and distribution deployments in the campus, and supports Metro Ethernet

6500

Cisco IOS S Release 12.2SX

Delivers high-end Ethernet LAN switching for Enterprise access, distribution, core, and data center deployments, and high-end Metro Ethernet for the SP Edge

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