Network Management Solutions SupportAn abundance of network management products from Cisco and third-party vendors underscores the value and complexity of maintaining networks. Progent's seasoned network management engineers are expert at assisting businesses design management solutions based on Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), SYSLOG services, and NetFlow protocols to create effective mechanisms for tracking network bandwidth usage and latency, viewing key router and switch operational metrics, and recognizing traffic profiles, processes, and devices utilizing available resources.

Progent can help businesses to deploy a rich range of open source and license-based monitoring and management solutions to maintain Cisco infrastructure. Utilities used by Progent's engineers include MRTG, Cacti, Nagios, Cisco Cisco ASDM, Cisco Monitor Manager, Cisco Network Assistant, CiscoWorks, Cisco Security Manager, OpenView, Concord E-Health, Adventnet Netflow and Firewall Analyzer, Big Brother, Solarwinds Orion, and Necordia NetMRI.

Network management platforms can help organizations to understand existing system usage and intelligently prepare for downstream capacity expansion. Management utilities can also be deployed to highlight inefficient or inappropriate uses of network resources, such as streaming multimedia, peer-to-peer sharing, etc. that can eat up expensive and scarce network resources. An efficiently designed network management solution can also assist companies to arrive at informed choices on wide and local area network enhancements once they understand the amount of network resources really needed at any one time.

Having an efficient network management platform in place in advance is critical to avoid severe problems that can be caused by DoS attacks and malicious viruses/Trojans. These assaults can render the network unusable and in the absence of appropriate utilities it can be time consuming, and in some cases virtually impossible, to identify the location of the trouble.

Network Management Solutions from Cisco
Cisco offers an assortment of powerful utilities that should be the foundation for any network management solution. Utilized in combination with the top outside vendor tools, Cisco's network management software can improve the business value of network infrastructures for organizations of all sizes by helping with key areas such as system utilization, performance, availability, protection, troubleshooting, and capacity planning. Cisco's most popular network management tools include:

Cisco ASDM is a web Java applet that lets you configure and monitor the management utilities built into network devices. Adaptive Security Device Manager is installed by the adaptive security device, and enables you to configure, track, and control the device.

Cisco Monitor Manager is a management and monitoring solution developed for the needs of small and medium-sized companies. Monitor Manager actively checks important device parameters on voice/data networks used by five to 250 workers and equipped with as many as 250 IP phones. The application provides:

  • Real-time tracking of key appliance processes on small and midsize business-class network appliances, Communications Manager Express, Unity Express, security devices, access points, and VoIP phones
  • Ability to manage the Cisco Unified Communications 500 communications appliance for businesses with as many as 50 workers
Monitor Manager tracks the system on a 24x7 basis and periodically polls and collects inventory and operations-tracking data from the managed appliances in the system. Monitor Manager is a Microsoft Windows-based application and is completely transparent to IT operations and does not deploy any agent software on target devices. Monitor Manager provides a rich set of valuable features including:
  • Voice and data network discovery and topology
  • Device and service level views of Cisco Unified Communications deployment
  • System wide device identification collection and documentation
  • Highly secure and reliable operation
  • Cisco device operations monitoring
  • Cisco Unified IP Telephony tracking
  • Interface status and traffic monitoring
  • Real-time alerts and notices
  • Documentation
  • Configuration log

Network Assistant is a PC-based management tool designed for for LANs and WLANS for growing companies with as many as 40 Cisco switches and routers. By running Smartports technology, Cisco Network Assistant streamlines setup, installation, and ongoing management and maintenance of Cisco-based networks. Cisco Network Assistant offers a centralized network view and permits IT managers to deploy its features among switches, routers, and WAPs.

Security Manager is a feature-rich but easy-to-use solution for managing all aspects of device set up and security policies for Cisco PIX and ASA security appliances, virtual private networks (VPNs), and Intrusion Prevention Systems. The solution efficiently handles even small environments consisting of fewer than ten appliances, but also expands to manage enterprise systems with thousands of appliances. Scalability is achieved through intelligent policy-based control techniques that can streamline administrative overhead. Key features of Cisco Security Manager are:

  • Allows control of Cisco router platforms running a Cisco IOS security image, ASA 5500 family firewalls, Cisco PIX firewalls, IPS 4200 family sensors, and Catalyst 6500 Series security modules
  • Reacts faster. more rapidly to attacks: define and apply new security policies to thousands of appliances in a few easy steps
  • Intuitive GUI provides exceptional ease-of-use
  • A variety of looks that provide versatile ways to control devices and security policies such as the capability to administer the security network visually on a system topology image
  • Extensive animated help for the first-time operator to reduce learning period
  • Centrally call out which policies are common and automatically inherited by additional devices to make sure corporate policies are configured regularly, at the same time offering sufficient flexibility to customize policies at the individual appliance level
  • Capability to build a single firewall rule table for all Cisco firewalls with smart evaluation of firewall policies to determine conflicts within the rule table
  • Easily set up location-to-location, hub-spoke, full mesh, or extranet VPN connections with a few mouse clicks
  • Compatibility with Cisco ACS for low-level role based connection control to devices and management functions
  • Operation with security MARS to correlate events with related firewall rules to enable faster decision making and enhanced network up time
  • Capability to allocate specific tasks to each manager during the implementation of a policy, with formal change control and tracking; permits the security and systems operations staff to work cooperatively as a cohesive group with effective teamwork
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Business with Network Management
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants can assist you to utilize Cisco's network management utilities alongside an array of powerful third-party applications to develop a comprehensive network management toolkit to keep your infrastructure running smoothly, consolidate valuable resources, secure your information, recover rapidly from equipment failure or malicious assaults, and enable you to scale or reassign system hardware intelligently and economically as your organization grows.

Progent can also assist you to utilize network management utilities to analyze and categorize network data to enable traffic shaping, which allows you to set up Cisco routers to enforce different bandwidth restrictions on designated types of activity according to the priorities you specify. By buffering and sorting excess packets that exceed your committed volume, and by giving priority to critical processes, traffic shaping can prevent service provider excess usage penalties from spiraling out of reach and/or avoid lost worker productivity caused by indiscriminate policing of your network traffic volume restrictions during peak demand.

Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can help you to create a comprehensive security strategy that incorporates your network management solution, and Progent's remote and in person network experts and Cisco CCIE-certified engineers can use advanced network monitoring and analysis technology to isolate and fix trouble quickly to keep your network running smoothly.

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