Cisco Network Management Solutions SupportA wealth of network management utilities from Cisco and third-party suppliers highlights the value and complexity of supporting IT infrastructure. Progent's Cisco-certified network management engineers are expert at helping companies develop network management solutions utilizing on Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Syslog, and Cisco IOS NetFlow to create effective tools for understanding network utilization and latency, monitoring important router and switch operational metrics, and identifying traffic profiles, processes, and devices utilizing network resources.

Progent can help businesses to deploy a broad selection of free and proprietary monitoring and management utilities to manage a Cisco-powered environment. Tools used by Progent's engineers include MRTG, Nagios, PRTG, Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM), Cisco Monitor Manager, Cisco Network Assistant, CiscoWorks, Cisco Security Manager, OpenView, Concord E-Health, Advent and Firewall Analyzer, Solarwinds Orion, and NetMRI.

Network management tools can allow organizations to understand current system utilization and intelligently plan for future traffic expansion. Management tools can also be used to highlight poor or inappropriate uses of network services, such as streaming video, peer-to-peer sharing, etc. that can waste expensive or limited network bandwidth. A well designed network management strategy can also enable companies to arrive at intelligent decisions on WAN and LAN enhancements once they appreciate how much system resources actually needed at any one time.

Having an efficient network management solution in place beforehand is essential to avoid severe problems that can follow DoS attacks and dangerous viruses. Such assaults can leave the network unusable and in the absence of appropriate utilities it can be difficult, if not virtually impossible, to find the location of the trouble.

Network Management Products from Cisco
Cisco has developed an assortment of effective utilities that should form the foundation for any network management solution. Used in conjunction with the top third-party tools, Cisco's network management software can enhance the competitive value of network infrastructures for organizations of all sizes by improving key areas such as system utilization, performance, availability, protection, repair, and capacity planning. Cisco's most popular network management tools include:

Cisco ASDM is a browser-based utility that lets you set up and monitor the software on security devices. Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager is installed by the adaptive security appliance, and allows you to configure, track, and control the device.

Monitor Manager is a management and monitoring application developed to handle the needs of small and midsize businesses. Monitor Manager continuously tracks important appliance parameters on voice/data networks used by 5 to 250 users and equipped with up to 250 IP phones. Cisco Monitor Manager offers:

  • Real-time scanning of key appliance processes on SMB-class network appliances, Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express, Unity Express, security devices, wireless access points, and VoIP phones
  • Compatibility with the Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series for companies with up to 50 workers
Monitor Manager scans the system on a round-the-clock cycle and frequently touches and gathers identification and performance-tracking data from the managed appliances in the network. Cisco Monitor Manager is a Microsoft Windows-based utility and is entirely invisible to IT processes and does not use any agent on target devices. Monitor Manager offers a variety of valuable features including:
  • Voice and data network discovery and physical topology
  • Device and service level views of Cisco Unified Communications deployment
  • Networkwide inventory collection and documentation
  • Highly secure and dependable communication
  • Appliance performance monitoring
  • VoIP Telephony tracking
  • Interface status and traffic monitoring
  • Immediate alarms and notices
  • Documentation
  • Setup log

Cisco Network Assistant is a PC-hosted network management tool designed for for LANs and WLANS for expanding companies with up to 40 switches and routers. By utilizing Smartports technology, the application streamlines configuration, installation, and continuing management and maintenance of Cisco networks. Cisco Network Assistant provides a unified system view and permits IT managers to deploy its features among Cisco switches, routers, and WAPs.

Cisco Security Manager is a powerful but simple to operate application for managing all aspects of appliance set up and security policies for firewalls, virtual private networks, and Intrusion Prevention Systems. Cisco Security Manager effectively handles even small networks consisting of no more than than ten appliances, but also expands to manage large-scale networks composed of thousands of appliances. Expansion is achieved via intelligent policy-based management techniques that can streamline administrative overhead. Key features of Security Manager include:

  • Allows provisioning for Cisco routers running a Cisco IOS security image, Cisco ASA 5500 adaptive security appliances, PIX firewalls, Cisco IPS 4200 Series sensors, and Catalyst 6500 Series security services modules
  • Reacts faster. more rapidly to threats: define and apply updated policies to thousands of devices in a few simple steps
  • Rich GUI offers exceptional ease-of-use
  • A variety of looks that provide versatile ways to control appliances and security policies such as the capability to manage the security network graphically on a system topology map
  • Extensive video help for the new user to accelerate training period
  • Centrally specify which policies are common and inherited by new appliances to make sure corporate policies are implemented consistently, at the same time providing optional flexibility to modify policies at the local device level
  • Ability to build a common firewall rule database for Cisco platforms with smart evaluation of firewall policies to detect conflicts in the rule base
  • Quickly set up site-to-site, hub-and-spoke, full-mesh IPsec, or extranet Virtual Private Network connections with a few mouse clicks
  • Compatibility with Cisco Access Control Server (ACS) for granular role based connection control to devices and administration functions
  • Operation with Cisco security MARS to associate events against related security appliance rules to help with quicker management decisions and enhanced network availability
  • Capability to assign specific tasks to each manager in the course of the deployment of a policy, with formal change management and tracking; allows the security and network operations staff to act together as a single unit with efficient coordination
How Progent Can Assist You with Network Management Solutions
Progent's Cisco-qualified network management consultants can help you to utilize Cisco's network management tools alongside a variety of effective third-party applications to develop a complete network management solution to keep your infrastructure running dependably, conserve expensive resources, guard your information, recover rapidly from equipment breakdowns or deliberates assaults, and allow you to scale or repurpose system resources intelligently and affordably as your company evolves.

Progent can also help you to use network management applications to analyze and classify network data to enable traffic shaping, which permits you to program Cisco routers to enforce different bandwidth constraints on certain types of activity based on the priorities you assign. By buffering and queuing excess packets that exceed your committed volume, and by assigning priority to the most important applications, traffic shaping can keep ISP excess usage penalties from spinning out of reach and/or eliminate gaps in productivity caused by indiscriminate policing of your network traffic volume restrictions during peak use.

Progent's CISA and ISSAP security professionals can show you how to develop an end-to-end security strategy that encompasses your network management processes, and Progent's remote and on-premises network experts and Cisco CCIE and CNA qualified consultants can use the latest network management technology to identify and remediate trouble quickly to keep your network running smoothly.

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