Cisco Network Management Solutions ConsultantsA wealth of network management products from Cisco and other vendors underscores the importance and complexity of maintaining networks. Progent's seasoned network management consultants are expert at assisting companies develop management solutions based on Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), SYSLOG services, and Cisco Netflow protocols to create powerful mechanisms for tracking network bandwidth usage and network latency, monitoring important router and switch performance metrics, and recognizing traffic profiles, processes, and appliances that use available resources.

Progent can assist customers to deploy a broad selection of open source and proprietary management utilities to manage Cisco infrastructure. Utilities familiar to Progent's engineers include MRTG, Cacti, Nagios, PRTG, Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM), Cisco Network Assistant, Cisco Security Manager, OpenView, Concord E-Health, AlterPoint DeviceAuthority, Advent and Firewall Analyzer, Big Brother, and Necordia NetMRI.

Network management platforms can enable organizations to understand current system utilization and intelligently plan for downstream traffic expansion. Management utilities can also be deployed to identify inefficient or inappropriate utilization of network resources, such as streaming audio and video, peer-to-peer sharing, etc. that can use up expensive and limited network resources. A carefully planned network management solution can also enable organizations to make intelligent decisions on system improvements after they recognize how much system resources actually needed at any one time.

Putting an efficient network management system in place beforehand is vital to avoid severe problems that can be caused by Denial Of Service (DoS) attacks and dangerous viruses/Trojans. Such events can leave the network unstable and without proper tools it can be difficult, and in some cases virtually impossible, to identify the source of the trouble.

Network Management Solutions from Cisco
Cisco has created a selection of effective utilities that should be the foundation for any network management strategy. Used in conjunction with appropriate third-party products, Cisco's network management offerings can enhance the competitive value of network infrastructures for companies of all sizes by dealing with key areas such as resource utilization, throughput, resilience, protection, repair, and scalability. Cisco's top network management tools include:

Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager is a web Java applet that lets you set up and monitor the management utilities built into security appliances. Adaptive Security Device Manager is loaded by the adaptive security device, and enables you to configure, monitor, and control the unit.

Monitor Manager is a management application developed to handle the requirements of small and midsize organizations. Cisco Monitor Manager continuously tracks important device processes on voice/data environments used by 5 to 250 users and with up to 250 Cisco Unified IP phones. Monitor Manager provides:

  • Up-to-date scanning of important device parameters on SMB-class routers and switches, Cisco Communications Manager Express, Cisco Unity Express, security devices, wireless access points, and IP phones
  • Ability to manage the Unified Communications 500 communications appliance for businesses with as many as 50 users
Monitor Manager monitors the system on a 24x7 cycle and periodically polls and gathers inventory and operations-monitoring data from the managed appliances in the system. Cisco Monitor Manager is a Windows-based utility and is completely transparent to system operations and does not deploy any agent on target devices. Monitor Manager provides a variety of valuable features including:
  • Voice and data network discovery and physical topology
  • Device and process looks at Unified Communications deployment
  • System wide inventory collection and documentation
  • Advanced security and dependable communication
  • Cisco device operations monitoring
  • VoIP Telephony tracking
  • Connection status and traffic tracking
  • Immediate alarms and notices
  • Reports
  • Configuration log

Cisco Network Assistant is a PC-hosted network management application designed for for LANs and WLANS for growing organizations with up to 40 Cisco switches and routers. By running Cisco's Smartports technology, the application streamlines configuration, deployment, and ongoing administration and support of Cisco-powered environments. Network Assistant provides a unified network view and permits IT managers to employ its functions across Cisco switches, routers, and access points.

Security Manager is a powerful but simple to operate solution for centrally provisioning all facets of appliance set up and policies for firewalls, VPNs, and Intrusion Prevention Systems. Security Manager efficiently handles even small environments with fewer than ten devices, but also expands to control large-scale networks with thousands of appliances. Expansion is enabled through smart policy-based management techniques that can streamline administrative overhead. Key features of Cisco Security Manager are:

  • Supports provisioning for Cisco routers configured with a Cisco IOS security software image, Cisco ASA 5500 firewalls, Cisco PIX firewalls, Cisco IPS 4200 sensors, and Catalyst 6500 family security modules
  • Respond more quickly to threats: specify and apply new security policies to many hundreds of appliances in just a few steps
  • Rich graphical user interface provides superior ease-of-use
  • A variety of views that provide flexible methods to control devices and policies such as the option to administer the security network visually on a system topology image
  • Extensive animated training for the novice operator to speed up learning time
  • Globally call out which policies are shared and inherited by additional devices to make sure company-wide policies are configured consistently, while offering optional versatility to modify policies at the local device level
  • Ability to create a common rule database for Cisco platforms with smart evaluation of firewall policies to detect conflicts within the rule table
  • Easily set up site-to-site, hub-spoke, full-mesh IPsec, or extranet VPN connections by means of a few mouse clicks
  • Compatibility with Cisco ACS for low-level role based access control to devices and administration functions
  • Integration with Cisco security MARS to associate monitored data against related firewall rules to help with quicker management decisions and increased system availability
  • Capability to assign specific jobs to each manager in the course of the deployment of a policy, with formal change management and logging; permits the security and systems operations staff to act cooperatively as a single unit with efficient teamwork
How Progent's Cisco Certified Experts Can Help You with Network Management
Progent's Cisco-certified network engineers can help you to use Cisco's management tools alongside a selection of effective third-party programs to develop a complete network management solution to keep your infrastructure functioning dependably, consolidate expensive resources, guard your data, recover quickly from hardware failure or deliberates attacks, and allow you to scale or reassign network resources intelligently and affordably as your company grows.

Progent can also help you to utilize network management applications to analyze and categorize network data to implement traffic shaping, which permits you to set up Cisco routers to enforce different throughput constraints on designated classes of processes based on the priorities you specify. By buffering and sorting data packets above your committed volume, and by giving preference to critical processes, traffic shaping can prevent ISP excess usage penalties from spiraling out of control and/or avoid lost productivity caused by brute force policing of your network traffic volume limits during peak use.

Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security specialists can show you how to develop an end-to-end security strategy that encompasses your network management processes, and Progent's remote and in person network specialists and Cisco CCIE and CNA qualified engineers can utilize the latest network management tools to identify and fix problems quickly to keep your network in business.

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