Network Management Solutions Consulting and Support ServicesA wealth of network management tools from Cisco and other vendors highlights the value and difficulty of network management. Progent's Cisco-certified network management engineers are expert at assisting businesses develop network management solutions utilizing on Simple Network Management Protocol, SYSLOG services, and Cisco IOS NetFlow to create effective tools for network bandwidth usage and latency, viewing key router and switch operational characteristics, and recognizing traffic patterns, processes, and appliances that use available services.

Progent can help businesses to utilize a broad range of free and license-based monitoring and management tools to manage a Cisco network. Utilities used by Progent's consultants include MRTG, Cacti, Nagios, PRTG, Cisco Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager, Cisco Monitor Manager, Cisco Security Manager, OpenView, AlterPoint DeviceAuthority, Adventnet Netflow and Firewall Analyzer, Big Brother, and NetMRI.

Network management platforms can allow organizations to be aware of existing system utilization and intelligently prepare for downstream traffic expansion. Network management utilities can also be used to detect poor or improper uses of system services, for example streaming multimedia, peer-to-peer file exchange, etc. that can use up expensive and scarce network resources. An efficiently designed network management plan can also assist companies to arrive at intelligent choices on system enhancements after they appreciate the amount of network bandwidth really needed at various times.

Having an effective network management platform in operation in advance is essential to avoid severe problems that can result from Denial Of Service attacks and dangerous viruses. Such assaults can leave the network unusable and without proper tools it can be time consuming, and sometimes practically impossible, to find the source of the trouble.

Network Management Solutions from Cisco
Cisco has developed a variety of effective tools that should be the foundation for any network management strategy. Utilized in conjunction with the top third-party applications, Cisco's network management software can improve the business value of network infrastructures for companies of any size by addressing key areas such as resource utilization, performance, resilience, protection, troubleshooting, and scalability. Cisco's most popular network management tools include:

Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager is a browser-based utility that allows you to configure and monitor the management utilities on network devices. Cisco ASDM is loaded by the network device, and enables you to configure, monitor, and control the unit.

Cisco Monitor Manager is a management and monitoring solution intended to meet the needs of small and midsize businesses. Monitor Manager actively checks important device parameters on voice and data environments used by five to 250 users and equipped with as many as 250 Cisco Unified IP phones. Cisco Monitor Manager provides:

  • Real-time tracking of key appliance parameters on Cisco SMB-class network appliances, Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express, Unity Express, security appliances, wireless access points, and Cisco Unified IP Phones
  • Ability to manage the Unified Communications 500 Series communications appliance for organizations with up to 50 users
Cisco Monitor Manager scans the system on a round-the-clock basis and periodically touches and collects inventory and performance-tracking information from the managed devices in the network. Cisco Monitor Manager is a Windows-based utility and is completely nondisruptive to system processes and does not use any agent on managed appliances. The application provides a variety of valuable features and benefits such as:
  • Voice and data network discovery and physical topology
  • Device and service level looks at Unified Communications deployment
  • System wide inventory collection and reporting
  • Advanced security and reliable communication
  • Device performance tracking
  • IP Telephony tracking
  • Connection status and data traffic monitoring
  • Immediate alerts and notices
  • Documentation
  • Setup log

Cisco Network Assistant is a PC-hosted management application designed for for LANs and WLANS for expanding organizations with up to 40 switches and routers. By using Smartports technology, the application simplifies configuration, deployment, and ongoing administration and support of Cisco-powered environments. It offers a centralized network view and allows IT managers to deploy its features among Cisco switches, routers, and access points.

Cisco Security Manager is a powerful but easy-to-use solution for managing all facets of device configuration and security policies for PIX and ASA firewalls, VPNs, and IPS. Security Manager effectively handles even small environments with fewer than ten appliances, but also expands to control large-scale networks with thousands of routers, switches, and firewalls. Expansion is achieved through intelligent policy-driven control procedures that can streamline administration. Key features of Cisco Security Manager are:

  • Allows control of Cisco routers configured with an IOS security software image, Cisco ASA 5500 family firewalls, Cisco PIX security appliances, IPS 4200 sensors, and Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series security modules
  • Respond faster. more rapidly to threats: define and apply updated policies to many hundreds of appliances in just a few steps
  • Rich graphical user interface provides exceptional ease-of-use
  • Multiple looks that provide flexible methods to manage devices and policies such as the ability to administer the security environment visually on a topology map
  • Comprehensive animated help for the new user to accelerate training time
  • Centrally call out which policies are common and inherited by new appliances to make sure corporate policies are implemented regularly, at the same time offering sufficient flexibility to modify policies at the local appliance level
  • Capability to build a common rule database for Cisco firewalls with intelligent analysis of firewall policies to determine conflicts within the rule base
  • Quickly set up site-to-site, hub-and-spoke, full-mesh IPsec, or extranet VPN links with a few mouse clicks
  • Integration with Cisco ACS for granular role based access management to appliances and administration functions
  • Integration with Cisco security MARS to correlate monitored data against related security appliance rules to support quicker management decisions and increased system up time
  • Ability to allocate specific tasks to every manager during the deployment of a policy, with structured change management and tracking; allows the security and systems operations staff to act together as a single unit with efficient teamwork
How Progent Can Assist You with Network Management
Progent's Cisco-qualified network consultants can assist you to utilize Cisco's network management tools alongside a variety of powerful open source and proprietary programs to create a comprehensive management toolkit to keep your network functioning dependably, consolidate valuable resources, guard your data, recover quickly from hardware breakdowns or deliberates attacks, and enable you to scale or repurpose network hardware intelligently and affordably as your company evolves.

Progent can also help you to utilize network management utilities to monitor and categorize network data to enable traffic shaping, which allows you to set up routers to impose different bandwidth restrictions on certain classes of activity according to the priorities you specify. By buffering and sorting excess packets above your committed volume, and by assigning priority to the most important processes, traffic shaping can prevent service provider excess usage penalties from spinning out of reach and/or avoid lost productivity caused by indiscriminate policing of your network bandwidth limits during peak use.

Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security consultants can help you to create an end-to-end security plan that encompasses your network management processes, and Progent's remote and in person support specialists and Cisco CCIE-certified consultants can utilize advanced network monitoring and analysis technology to isolate and repair problems quickly to keep your IT system in business.

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