Network Management Solutions EngineersA wealth of network management utilities from Cisco and other suppliers highlights the value and complexity of network management. Progent's Cisco qualified network management consultants are expert at assisting companies develop management solutions utilizing on Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Syslog, and Cisco IOS NetFlow to build effective tools for network utilization and network latency, monitoring key router and switch operational characteristics, and identifying traffic profiles, processes, and devices that use network resources.

Progent can help businesses to utilize a rich selection of open source and proprietary management tools to manage Cisco infrastructure. Utilities familiar to Progent's consultants include Cacti, Nagios, Paessler Router Traffic Grapher, Cisco Cisco ASDM, Cisco Monitor Manager, CiscoWorks, Cisco Security Manager, OpenView, AlterPoint DeviceAuthority, Adventnet Netflow, Big Brother, Solarwinds Orion, and Necordia NetMRI.

Network management platforms can enable IT administrators to be aware of existing system utilization and effectively plan for future capacity expansion. Management utilities can also be deployed to identify inefficient or improper utilization of system services, for example streaming video, peer-to-peer file sharing, etc. that can eat up expensive and limited network bandwidth. A carefully planned network management plan can also enable organizations to make intelligent choices on system upgrades after they recognize how much system bandwidth really required at various times.

Having an efficient network management system in operation beforehand is vital to avoid severe disruptions that can be due to Denial Of Service attacks and malicious viruses/Trojans. Such events can render the network unstable and in the absence of proper utilities it can be difficult, and in some cases practically impossible, to identify the source of the problem.

Network Management Tools from Cisco
Cisco offers an array of effective utilities that should be the foundation for any network management strategy. Used in conjunction with the top third-party applications, Cisco's network management software can improve the competitive value of networks for organizations of any size by addressing important areas such as system utilization, performance, resilience, protection, repair, and scalability. Cisco's most popular network management products include:

Cisco ASDM is a web Java applet that permits you set up and operate the management utilities built into security appliances. Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager is loaded by the adaptive security device, and allows you to set up, monitor, and manage the unit.

Monitor Manager is a comprehensive management solution developed to address the needs of small and medium-sized organizations. Monitor Manager continuously checks important appliance processes on voice/data environments serving five to 250 workers and equipped with as many as 250 Voice over IP phones. Cisco Monitor Manager offers:

  • Up-to-date tracking of key device parameters on small and midsize business-class network appliances, Cisco Communications Manager Express, Cisco Unity Express, security appliances, access points, and VoIP phones
  • Support for the Unified Communications 500 Series for businesses with as many as 50 workers
Cisco Monitor Manager scans the system on a 24x7 cycle and frequently touches and gathers identification and performance-tracking data from the managed appliances in the network. Cisco Monitor Manager is a Microsoft Windows-based utility and is entirely transparent to IT processes and does not use any agent software on managed devices. Cisco Monitor Manager offers a rich set of useful features and benefits including:
  • Network discovery and physical topology
  • Physical and process looks at Cisco Unified Communications deployment
  • System wide inventory logging and reporting
  • Highly secure and reliable communication
  • Appliance operations monitoring
  • IP Telephony monitoring
  • Connection status and data traffic monitoring
  • Immediate alerts and notices
  • Documentation
  • Configuration log

Cisco Network Assistant is a desktop-hosted network management tool designed for for wired and wireless LANs (WLANs) for growing organizations with as many as 40 switches and routers. By running Smartports, the application streamlines configuration, installation, and continuing administration and support of Cisco-powered environments. Cisco Network Assistant offers a centralized system view and allows network managers to deploy its functions across Cisco switches, routers, and wireless access points.

Cisco Security Manager is a feature-rich but easy-to-use application for managing all aspects of device configuration and security policies for PIX and ASA firewalls, VPNs, and IPS. Cisco Security Manager effectively manages even small environments consisting of fewer than ten appliances, but also scales to manage enterprise systems composed of thousands of devices. Scalability is achieved through smart policy-driven management techniques that can simplify administrative overhead. Highlights of Cisco Security Manager include:

  • Supports control of Cisco routers running an IOS security software image, ASA 5500 family adaptive security appliances, Cisco PIX firewalls, Cisco IPS 4200 Series inline security appliances, and Cisco Catalyst 6500 security modules
  • Respond faster. more rapidly to attacks: specify and apply new security policies to thousands of appliances in a few simple steps
  • Intuitive GUI provides exceptional ease-of-use
  • Multiple views that offer flexible ways to control appliances and policies such as the capability to administer the security network graphically on a topology map
  • Comprehensive video training for the first-time user to reduce learning time
  • Globally specify which policies are shared and inherited by additional devices to make sure company-wide policies are implemented consistently, while offering sufficient flexibility to customize policies at the local device level
  • Capability to create a single firewall rule database for all Cisco firewalls with intelligent evaluation of firewall policies to determine conflicts in the rule table
  • Quickly configure site-to-site, hub-spoke, full mesh, or extranet VPN links by means of a few mouse clicks
  • Compatibility with Cisco Access Control Server (ACS) for granular role based access management to devices and administration services
  • Integration with Cisco security MARS to correlate monitored data with corresponding firewall rules to promote quicker management decisions and enhanced system up time
  • Ability to allocate particular jobs to every administrator in the course of the deployment of a rule, with formal change control and logging; allows the security and network operations staff to act together as a cohesive unit with efficient teamwork
How Progent's Cisco Certified Experts Can Assist You with Network Management Solutions
Progent's Cisco-qualified network management consultants can help you to utilize Cisco's management tools alongside a selection of effective third-party applications to create a comprehensive network management strategy to keep your infrastructure running dependably, conserve valuable resources, secure your data, recover quickly from hardware breakdowns or deliberates assaults, and enable you to scale or reassign system resources intelligently and economically as your company grows.

Progent can also assist you to utilize network management tools to monitor and categorize system data to enable traffic shaping, which permits you to program routers to impose a variety of bandwidth restrictions on certain types of processes according to the priorities you assign. By storing and sorting data packets that exceed your contracted volume, and by assigning priority to critical processes, traffic shaping can prevent Internet Service Provider overage penalties from spiraling out of reach and/or avoid lost worker productivity resulting from brute force enforcement of your network traffic volume limits during periods of heavy demand.

Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can assist you to create an end-to-end security plan that encompasses your network management solution, and Progent's remote and on-site network experts and Cisco CCIE and CNA qualified consultants can use the latest network monitoring and analysis tools to identify and fix trouble rapidly to keep your IT system running smoothly.

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