Cisco Network Management Solutions Consulting FirmAn abundance of network management products from Cisco and third-party suppliers underscores the importance and complexity of network management. Progent's seasoned network management engineers are expert at assisting companies develop network management strategies based on SNMP, Syslog, and Cisco NetFlow to create effective mechanisms for tracking network bandwidth usage and latency, monitoring important router and switch performance characteristics, and identifying traffic profiles, processes, and devices that use available services.

Progent can assist customers to utilize a broad selection of free and proprietary management utilities to manage a Cisco network. Utilities used by Progent's engineers include Cacti, Nagios, Paessler Router Traffic Grapher, Cisco Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager, Cisco Monitor Manager, Cisco Security Manager, OpenView, Wireshark/Ethereal, Concord E-Health, Adventnet Netflow and Firewall Analyzer, Big Brother, and NetMRI.

Network management platforms can allow organizations to understand existing system utilization and intelligently plan for future traffic expansion. Network management tools can also be deployed to identify inefficient or improper uses of network services, for example streaming audio and video, peer-to-peer sharing, etc. that can use up expensive and limited network bandwidth. A well planned network management strategy can also assist companies to make intelligent choices on WAN and LAN upgrades after they understand how much system bandwidth historically required at specific times.

Having an effective network management system in place ahead of time is vital to avoid major problems that can follow Denial Of Service attacks and dangerous viruses. These events can leave the network unstable and without proper utilities it can be time consuming, and sometimes virtually impossible, to find the source of the problem.

Network Management Tools from Cisco
Cisco has developed a variety of effective utilities that should form the basis for any network management strategy. Utilized in conjunction with appropriate outside vendor tools, Cisco's network management software can improve the business value of networks for companies of all sizes by helping with important areas such as system utilization, performance, resilience, security, troubleshooting, and capacity planning. Cisco's top network management products include:

Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) is a web utility that permits you set up and operate the management utilities on security devices. Cisco ASDM is installed by the Cisco appliance, and allows you to set up, track, and control the device.

Cisco Monitor Manager is a management application designed to meet the needs of small and midsize businesses (SMBs). Cisco Monitor Manager continuously checks important appliance processes on voice and data networks serving five to 250 workers and equipped with as many as 250 Cisco Unified IP phones. Monitor Manager offers:

  • Real-time scanning of key device processes on SMB-class routers and switches, Unified Communications Manager Express, Unity Express, security appliances, wireless access points, and VoIP phones
  • Ability to manage the Cisco Unified Communications 500 communications appliance for organizations with up to 50 workers
Monitor Manager monitors the network on a 24x7 cycle and frequently touches and gathers identification and performance-tracking data from the monitored devices in the system. Cisco Monitor Manager is a Microsoft Windows-based utility and is completely nondisruptive to system operations and does not use any agent on target appliances. The application provides a variety of useful features including:
  • Voice and data network discovery and topology
  • Device and process looks at Unified Communications implementation
  • Networkwide inventory logging and reporting
  • Advanced security and dependable communication
  • Appliance performance monitoring
  • VoIP Telephony monitoring
  • Connection status and data traffic tracking
  • Immediate alarms and notifications
  • Documentation
  • Configuration log

Network Assistant is a PC-hosted network management tool designed for for LANs and WLANS for expanding businesses that have up to 40 Cisco switches and routers. By utilizing Smartports technology, the application simplifies setup, deployment, and continuing management and support of Cisco-based networks. It provides a unified network view and allows IT administrators to deploy its features among switches, routers, and WAPs.

Cisco Security Manager is a highly functional but simple to operate application for centrally provisioning all facets of device configuration and policies for Cisco firewalls, VPNs, and Intrusion Prevention Systems. The solution effectively handles even small networks consisting of fewer than ten devices, but also expands to control enterprise systems composed of thousands of devices. Scalability is enabled via smart policy-based management techniques that can simplify administration. Highlights of Security Manager are:

  • Supports provisioning for Cisco router platforms configured with a Cisco IOS security image, Cisco ASA 5500 firewalls, PIX security appliances, Cisco IPS 4200 Series inline security appliances, and Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series security services modules
  • Reacts faster. more rapidly to threats: define and assign new security policies to many hundreds of appliances in a few easy steps
  • Rich graphical user interface provides superior ease-of-use
  • Multiple views that offer versatile ways to manage appliances and security policies including the capability to manage the security network visually on a system topology image
  • Extensive video help for the new user to reduce training time
  • Globally call out which policies are shared and automatically inherited by new appliances to make sure corporate policies are configured regularly, while providing optional versatility to customize policies at the local appliance level
  • Ability to build a common rule table for Cisco platforms with smart evaluation of firewall policies to determine conflicts in the rule table
  • Easily configure site-to-site, hub-spoke, full mesh, or extranet VPN links with a VPN wizard
  • Compatibility with Cisco Access Control Server (ACS) for low-level role based access control to appliances and management functions
  • Integration with Cisco security MARS to correlate events against related firewall rules to support faster decision making and enhanced system availability
  • Capability to assign specific jobs to each manager in the course of the implementation of a rule, with structured change management and logging; allows the security and systems operations staff to work in sync as a single group with efficient coordination
How Progent's Cisco Certified Experts Can Assist You with Network Management
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants can help you to use Cisco's network management tools alongside a variety of powerful third-party programs to create a comprehensive network management solution to keep your infrastructure functioning dependably, consolidate valuable resources, secure your data, recover quickly from equipment failure or deliberates attacks, and enable you to expand or repurpose system resources effectively and affordably as your business grows.

Progent can also help you to use network management utilities to monitor and categorize system data to enable traffic shaping, which allows you to configure Cisco routers to impose different throughput constraints on designated classes of processes according to the importance you specify. By storing and queuing excess packets that exceed your committed volume, and by assigning priority to business-critical applications, traffic shaping can keep service provider overage charges from spiraling out of control and/or eliminate gaps in worker productivity caused by brute force policing of your network traffic volume restrictions during peak use.

Progent's CISM and CISSP security specialists can help you to develop an end-to-end security plan that incorporates your network management processes, and Progent's remote and on-premises support specialists and Cisco CCIE-certified consultants can use the latest network monitoring and analysis tools to identify and repair trouble rapidly to keep your network running smoothly.

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