Network Management Solutions ConsultantsAn abundance of network management tools from Cisco and third-party suppliers highlights the importance and complexity of maintaining networks. Progent's Cisco-certified network management consultants are expert at assisting companies design network management solutions based on Simple Network Management Protocol, SYSLOG services, and Cisco IOS NetFlow to build effective mechanisms for understanding network utilization and network latency, viewing key router and switch operational characteristics, and recognizing traffic patterns, processes, and appliances that use available services.

Progent can assist customers to deploy a broad selection of free and license-based management utilities to maintain a Cisco-powered environment. Tools used by Progent's consultants include Cacti, Nagios, Paessler Router Traffic Grapher, Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM), Cisco Monitor Manager, Cisco Network Assistant, Cisco Security Manager, OpenView, Wireshark/Ethereal, Concord E-Health, Advent and Firewall Analyzer, Big Brother, and Necordia NetMRI.

Network management tools can enable IT administrators to understand current network utilization and effectively plan for future capacity increases. Management tools can also be deployed to highlight inefficient or inappropriate utilization of network resources, for example streaming video, peer-to-peer sharing, etc. that can eat up expensive or scarce network bandwidth. A well crafted network management strategy can also assist businesses to make intelligent decisions on system enhancements after they recognize how much system resources actually needed at various times.

Having an efficient network management system in place in advance is vital to prevent severe disruptions that can be due to Denial Of Service (DoS) attacks and dangerous viruses. Such events can render the network unstable and without appropriate tools it can be difficult, if not virtually impossible, to discover the location of the trouble.

Network Management Solutions from Cisco
Cisco offers an assortment of effective tools that should form the foundation for any network management strategy. Utilized in combination with the top third-party applications, Cisco's network management software can improve the business value of network infrastructures for companies of all sizes by addressing key areas such as system utilization, performance, availability, protection, troubleshooting, and capacity planning. Cisco's top network management tools include:

Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) is a web utility that permits you configure and monitor the software built into security devices. Cisco ASDM is loaded by the adaptive security device, and enables you to configure, track, and control the unit.

Cisco Monitor Manager is a management and monitoring application intended for the needs of small and midsize organizations. Monitor Manager continuously checks important device processes on voice/data networks serving 5 to 250 users and with up to 250 VoIP phones. Cisco Monitor Manager provides:

  • Up-to-date monitoring of key appliance parameters on Cisco SMB-class routers and switches, Cisco Communications Manager Express, Cisco Unity Express, security appliances, access points, and VoIP phones
  • Compatibility with the Cisco Unified Communications 500 communications appliance for organizations with up to 50 workers
Cisco Monitor Manager scans the system on a 24x7 basis and frequently touches and collects inventory and operations-tracking information from the managed appliances in the network. Cisco Monitor Manager is a Windows-based utility and is completely transparent to IT processes and does not use any agent on target devices. The application provides a variety of valuable features such as:
  • Voice and data network discovery and topology
  • Physical and process looks at Unified Communications implementation
  • System wide inventory collection and documentation
  • Highly secure and dependable operation
  • Cisco device operations tracking
  • IP Telephony tracking
  • Connection status and data traffic monitoring
  • Real-time alerts and notices
  • Documentation
  • Configuration log

Cisco Network Assistant is a PC-based network management application designed for for LANs and WLANS for expanding organizations that have as many as 40 switches and routers. By running Cisco's Smartports mechanism, the application simplifies setup, installation, and ongoing administration and maintenance of Cisco networks. Network Assistant provides a centralized network view and allows network managers to employ its functions among Cisco switches, routers, and wireless access points.

Security Manager is a feature-rich but easy-to-use application for managing all aspects of device set up and security policies for Cisco firewalls, VPNs, and Intrusion Prevention Systems. Cisco Security Manager effectively manages even small environments with no more than than ten devices, but also expands to manage enterprise networks with thousands of devices. Scalability is enabled through intelligent policy-based management procedures that can streamline administration. Highlights of Cisco Security Manager include:

  • Supports provisioning for Cisco routers running an IOS security software image, ASA 5500 family firewalls, Cisco PIX firewalls, Cisco IPS 4200 family inline security appliances, and Catalyst 6500 Series security modules
  • Respond faster. more rapidly to attacks: define and assign new security policies to many hundreds of devices in just a few steps
  • Rich graphical user interface offers exceptional ease-of-use
  • A variety of looks that offer versatile methods to manage appliances and security policies including the ability to administer the security network visually on a system topology image
  • Extensive video training for the novice user to accelerate training period
  • Globally call out which policies are common and automatically inherited by additional appliances to ensure company-wide policies are implemented regularly, while providing sufficient flexibility to modify policies at the individual appliance level
  • Ability to create a common firewall rule table for all Cisco platforms with intelligent evaluation of firewall policies to detect anomalies within the rule table
  • Easily configure site-to-site, hub-and-spoke, full mesh, or extranet Virtual Private Network links with a few mouse clicks
  • Compatibility with Cisco Access Control Server (ACS) for low-level role based access management to devices and management services
  • Operation with Cisco security MARS to correlate events with related security appliance rules to support quicker decision making and increased system availability
  • Ability to allocate specific tasks to every manager during the implementation of a rule, with structured change management and logging; permits the security and network operations team to act in sync as a single group with effective teamwork
How Progent's Consultants Can Help Your Business with Network Management
Progent's Cisco-certified network management consultants can help you to use Cisco's management utilities in combination with an array of powerful open source and proprietary programs to develop a complete network management toolkit to keep your infrastructure operating dependably, conserve expensive resources, guard your data, recover rapidly from equipment breakdowns or malicious attacks, and allow you to scale or reassign network hardware intelligently and affordably as your company evolves.

Progent can also help you to utilize network management utilities to monitor and classify network data to implement traffic shaping, which allows you to program Cisco routers to enforce different bandwidth constraints on designated types of activity according to the importance you specify. By buffering and sorting data packets that exceed your contracted volume, and by giving priority to critical processes, traffic shaping can prevent ISP excess usage charges from spiraling out of reach and/or eliminate lost productivity caused by indiscriminate enforcement of your network traffic volume restrictions during peak use.

Progent's CISA and ISSAP security consultants can assist you to create a comprehensive security strategy that encompasses your network management solution, and Progent's remote and in person network specialists and Cisco CCIE and CNA qualified engineers can use the latest network management technology to identify and fix trouble rapidly to keep your IT system running smoothly.

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