As many MSOs begin planning their DOCSIS 3.1 deployments, they need to also consider the tools they will require to ensure that maximum network availability and the guaranteed service levels are in place and maintained. These tools will enable operators to not only understand the complexity of the network capability but also how to ensure robust system performance. This white paper looks at the challenges associated with deploying the next generation of the DOCSIS specification and the tools that can ensure network availability, higher bandwidths and increased data-transfer rates.