Cisco Network Management Solutions EngineersA wealth of network management utilities from Cisco and other vendors highlights the value and complexity of network management. Progent's Cisco-certified network management engineers are expert at assisting businesses develop network management solutions utilizing on SNMP, SYSLOG services, and Cisco Netflow protocols to create powerful tools for network utilization and latency, viewing key router and switch performance characteristics, and recognizing traffic profiles, processes, and appliances utilizing network resources.

Progent can help customers to deploy a broad selection of open source and license-based monitoring and management tools to maintain a Cisco-powered environment. Utilities familiar to Progent's engineers include MRTG, Cacti, Nagios, PRTG, Cisco Cisco ASDM, Cisco Monitor Manager, Cisco Network Assistant, Cisco Security Manager, OpenView, Wireshark/Ethereal, AlterPoint DeviceAuthority, Advent and Firewall Analyzer, Solarwinds Orion, and Necordia NetMRI.

Network management tools can help IT administrators to understand current network utilization and effectively prepare for future capacity increases. Network management utilities can also be deployed to highlight inefficient or improper uses of network resources, such as streaming audio and video, peer-to-peer sharing, etc. that can waste valuable or scarce network resources. An efficiently planned network management strategy can also help organizations to make intelligent choices on system upgrades after they understand the amount of network bandwidth actually required at specific times.

Putting an efficient network management system in place ahead of time is essential to avoid severe problems that can follow Denial Of Service (DoS) attacks and malicious viruses. Such events can render the network unusable and in the absence of proper tools it can be time consuming, if not practically impossible, to identify the location of the trouble.

Network Management Solutions from Cisco
Cisco provides an assortment of effective tools that should be the foundation for any management solution. Used in conjunction with the top outside vendor products, Cisco's network management software can enhance the business value of networks for companies of all sizes by improving important areas such as system utilization, performance, resilience, security, repair, and scalability. Cisco's top network management products include:

Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager is a web Java applet that permits you set up and operate the software built into network devices. ASDM is loaded by the network device, and enables you to configure, track, and manage the device.

Monitor Manager is a management application intended for the needs of small and midsize businesses (SMBs). Monitor Manager continuously tracks key appliance processes on voice and data environments used by five to 250 users and with as many as 250 VoIP phones. The application offers:

  • Up-to-date monitoring of key appliance processes on small and midsize business-class network appliances, Cisco Communications Manager Express, Unity Express, security appliances, WAPs, and IP phones
  • Support for the Unified Communications 500 appliance for organizations with as many as 50 workers
Monitor Manager tracks the network on a round-the-clock cycle and frequently touches and collects inventory and operations-monitoring data from the monitored devices in the network. Cisco Monitor Manager is a Windows-based application and is entirely nondisruptive to IT operations and does not deploy any agent on managed devices. The application provides a rich set of useful features and benefits such as:
  • Network discovery and topology
  • Device and process views of Cisco Unified Communications implementation
  • Networkwide device identification collection and reporting
  • Highly secure and dependable operation
  • Device operations tracking
  • Cisco Unified IP Telephony monitoring
  • Connection status and data traffic tracking
  • Immediate alerts and event notification
  • Documentation
  • Setup log

Network Assistant is a PC-hosted management application designed for for wired and wireless LANs (WLANs) for expanding companies with as many as 40 switches and routers. By utilizing Smartports, the application streamlines configuration, deployment, and ongoing management and support of Cisco networks. The application offers a unified system view and allows network managers to deploy its features among switches, routers, and wireless access points.

Cisco Security Manager is a highly functional but easy-to-use application for centrally provisioning all facets of device configuration and policies for Cisco PIX and ASA security appliances, VPNs, and IPS. Security Manager effectively handles even small environments consisting of fewer than ten devices, but also scales to manage enterprise systems composed of thousands of Cisco routers, security appliances, and switch services modules. Expansion is achieved via smart policy-driven control procedures that can simplify administrative overhead. Key features of Cisco Security Manager include:

  • Supports provisioning for Cisco routers configured with a Cisco IOS security software image, Cisco ASA 5500 family firewalls, Cisco PIX firewalls, Cisco IPS 4200 family sensors, and Cisco Catalyst 6500 security services modules
  • Respond faster. more rapidly to attacks: specify and assign new security policies to thousands of devices in a few easy steps
  • Rich GUI provides exceptional ease-of-use
  • Multiple views that offer versatile methods to manage appliances and security policies such as the ability to manage the security environment visually on a topology map
  • Comprehensive animated training for the first-time operator to accelerate training period
  • Centrally call out which policies are common and inherited by additional appliances to ensure corporate policies are configured consistently, at the same time providing optional versatility to customize policies at the local device level
  • Capability to create a single rule table for Cisco platforms with smart evaluation of firewall policies to determine conflicts in the rule base
  • Quickly set up site-to-site, hub-and-spoke, full-mesh IPSec, or extranet VPN connections with a VPN wizard
  • Compatibility with Cisco ACS for granular role based connection control to devices and management functions
  • Operation with Cisco security MARS to correlate monitored data with corresponding security appliance rules to support quicker decision making and enhanced system availability
  • Capability to assign specific jobs to every manager in the course of the deployment of a policy, with formal change control and tracking; permits the security and systems operations staff to act in sync as a cohesive unit with effective teamwork
How Progent's Cisco Certified Experts Can Help Your Business with Network Management Solutions
Progent's Cisco-qualified network consultants can show you how to utilize Cisco's management utilities in combination with a selection of effective third-party applications to develop a comprehensive network management toolkit to keep your infrastructure running smoothly, conserve valuable resources, protect your information, recover rapidly from hardware breakdowns or malicious assaults, and allow you to scale or reassign network resources effectively and affordably as your business evolves.

Progent can also show you how to use network management utilities to analyze and classify network data to enable traffic shaping, which permits you to set up Cisco routers to impose a variety of throughput restrictions on certain classes of processes according to the importance you assign. By buffering and queuing excess packets that exceed your contracted rates, and by assigning preference to business-critical processes, traffic shaping can prevent Internet Service Provider excess usage penalties from spiraling out of control and/or eliminate gaps in productivity caused by indiscriminate policing of your network bandwidth restrictions during peak use.

Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can assist you to create a comprehensive security strategy that encompasses your network management solution, and Progent's remote and on-premises network specialists and Cisco CCIE and CNA qualified consultants can utilize advanced network monitoring and analysis tools to isolate and repair problems quickly to keep your network running smoothly.

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