Network Management Solutions EngineersAn abundance of network management utilities from Cisco and other suppliers highlights the value and complexity of supporting IT infrastructure. Progent's Cisco qualified network management engineers are expert at assisting businesses develop network management solutions utilizing on Simple Network Management Protocol, Syslog, and NetFlow protocols to create powerful tools for network utilization and network latency, viewing important router and switch performance metrics, and recognizing traffic profiles, processes, and appliances utilizing available resources.

Progent can help businesses to utilize a rich selection of free and proprietary monitoring and management utilities to manage Cisco infrastructure. Tools familiar to Progent's consultants include MRTG, Cacti, Nagios, Cisco Cisco ASDM, Cisco Monitor Manager, Cisco Network Assistant, CiscoWorks, Cisco Security Manager, OpenView, Concord E-Health, AlterPoint DeviceAuthority, Adventnet Netflow and Firewall Analyzer, Big Brother, Solarwinds Orion, and Necordia NetMRI.

Network management platforms can allow organizations to understand current system utilization and intelligently plan for downstream capacity increases. Network management utilities can also be deployed to highlight inefficient or improper utilization of network services, such as streaming video, peer-to-peer file sharing, etc. that can use up expensive or limited network bandwidth. A carefully planned network management strategy can also aid companies to arrive at intelligent choices on wide and local area network upgrades once they recognize the amount of network resources actually required at specific times.

Putting an effective network management solution in place beforehand is vital to prevent severe problems that can be due to Denial Of Service attacks and dangerous viruses. Such assaults can leave the network unstable and without appropriate tools it can be time consuming, and sometimes virtually impossible, to identify the source of the problem.

Network Management Solutions from Cisco
Cisco has created an assortment of effective utilities that should form the foundation for any management strategy. Used in conjunction with appropriate third-party tools, Cisco's network management offerings can enhance the business value of networks for organizations of all sizes by addressing key areas such as system utilization, performance, resilience, protection, repair, and scalability. Cisco's most familiar network management tools include:

Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager is a browser-based Java applet that lets you configure and operate the software on security appliances. Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager is installed by the Cisco appliance, and enables you to configure, track, and control the unit.

Monitor Manager is a management application intended to address the requirements of small and midsize businesses. Cisco Monitor Manager actively scans key appliance processes on voice/data networks serving 5 to 250 workers and equipped with up to 250 Cisco Unified IP phones. The application offers:

  • Real-time tracking of important appliance parameters on Cisco SMB-class network appliances, Cisco Communications Manager Express, Cisco Unity Express, security devices, WAPs, and IP phones
  • Support for the Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series for businesses with up to 50 workers
Cisco Monitor Manager scans the network on a round-the-clock basis and periodically polls and collects identification and operations-tracking information from the monitored devices in the network. Cisco Monitor Manager is a Microsoft Windows-based application and is completely nondisruptive to IT operations and does not use any agent software on target appliances. Monitor Manager offers a rich set of valuable features and benefits including:
  • Voice and data network discovery and physical topology
  • Physical and process looks at Cisco Unified Communications deployment
  • Networkwide device identification logging and documentation
  • Highly secure and reliable operation
  • Appliance performance tracking
  • IP Telephony monitoring
  • Connection status and traffic monitoring
  • Immediate alerts and notices
  • Documentation
  • Configuration archive

Network Assistant is a desktop-hosted management application designed for for LANs and WLANS for expanding businesses with as many as 40 switches and routers. By running Cisco's Smartports mechanism, the application streamlines configuration, deployment, and ongoing management and support of Cisco-based networks. Cisco Network Assistant offers a centralized system view and allows network managers to deploy its functions across Cisco switches, routers, and wireless access points.

Cisco Security Manager is a feature-rich but easy-to-use solution for managing all facets of device configuration and policies for Cisco firewalls, virtual private networks, and Intrusion Prevention Systems. Cisco Security Manager efficiently handles even small networks consisting of fewer than ten devices, but also scales to control enterprise systems composed of thousands of devices. Expansion is enabled via smart policy-based management procedures that can streamline administration. Key features of Cisco Security Manager include:

  • Supports provisioning for Cisco routers running a Cisco IOS security image, ASA 5500 Series security appliances, PIX firewalls, IPS 4200 sensors, and Catalyst 6500 security services modules
  • Reacts faster. more rapidly to threats: define and apply updated policies to many hundreds of appliances in a few easy steps
  • Intuitive graphical user interface offers exceptional ease-of-use
  • Multiple views that offer flexible ways to control devices and security policies such as the ability to manage the security environment visually on a system topology image
  • Extensive animated help for the new operator to speed up learning time
  • Globally specify which policies are common and inherited by additional devices to ensure corporate policies are configured consistently, at the same time providing optional flexibility to customize policies at the local appliance level
  • Ability to build a single rule table for all Cisco platforms with intelligent analysis of firewall policies to detect conflicts within the rule table
  • Quickly set up site-to-site, hub-spoke, full-mesh IPsec, or extranet Virtual Private Network interfaces with a VPN wizard
  • Integration with Cisco ACS for granular role based connection management to devices and administration functions
  • Integration with Cisco security MARS to compare monitored data with corresponding firewall rules to promote faster management decisions and increased system up time
  • Capability to allocate particular jobs to every administrator during the deployment of a rule, with formal change control and tracking; permits the security and network operations team to act together as a single group with effective coordination
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Business with Network Management Solutions
Progent's Cisco-qualified network management engineers can assist you to utilize Cisco's network management tools in combination with an array of effective third-party programs to develop a comprehensive network management strategy to keep your infrastructure functioning smoothly, consolidate valuable resources, guard your data, recover rapidly from hardware failure or deliberates attacks, and allow you to expand or repurpose network hardware intelligently and affordably as your organization evolves.

Progent can also show you how to use network management tools to analyze and categorize system data to enable traffic shaping, which allows you to configure Cisco routers to impose different throughput restrictions on designated classes of processes based on the priorities you specify. By storing and sorting data packets above your contracted rates, and by giving priority to critical processes, traffic shaping can prevent ISP excess usage charges from spinning out of reach and/or avoid lost worker productivity resulting from indiscriminate enforcement of your network bandwidth restrictions during periods of heavy demand.

Progent's CISM and CISSP security specialists can assist you to create a comprehensive security plan that encompasses your network management solution, and Progent's remote and on-site network specialists and Cisco CCIE-certified consultants can use the latest network monitoring and analysis tools to isolate and fix problems rapidly to keep your IT system in business.

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