Cisco Network Management Solutions ConsultantsAn abundance of network management tools from Cisco and third-party suppliers highlights the importance and complexity of supporting IT infrastructure. Progent's Cisco-certified network management engineers are experienced at assisting businesses design network management strategies based on Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Syslog, and Cisco Netflow protocols to build powerful tools for tracking network utilization and latency, monitoring important router and switch performance characteristics, and identifying traffic profiles, applications, and devices that use available services.

Progent can assist customers to utilize a rich selection of free and proprietary monitoring and management products to maintain a Cisco network. Utilities used by Progent's consultants include Cacti, Nagios, Paessler Router Traffic Grapher, Cisco Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager, Cisco Monitor Manager, Cisco Network Assistant, CiscoWorks, Cisco Security Manager, OpenView, Wireshark/Ethereal, Concord E-Health, Advent and Firewall Analyzer, Big Brother, Solarwinds Orion, and Necordia NetMRI.

Network management tools can enable IT administrators to understand current system utilization and effectively prepare for future traffic increases. Network management tools can also be deployed to highlight inefficient or improper uses of system resources, for example streaming audio and video, peer-to-peer sharing, etc. that can use up expensive and limited network resources. A well crafted network management solution can also enable organizations to arrive at intelligent decisions on network improvements once they understand how much system bandwidth historically needed at any one time.

Having an efficient network management solution in operation ahead of time is vital to prevent major problems that can be due to Denial Of Service (DoS) attacks and dangerous viruses. These assaults can render the network unusable and without appropriate utilities it can be time consuming, and sometimes practically impossible, to find the location of the problem.

Network Management Tools from Cisco
Cisco has created a selection of powerful tools that should form the basis for any network management strategy. Used in combination with appropriate third-party applications, Cisco's network management software can enhance the business value of network infrastructures for organizations of all sizes by dealing with important areas such as system utilization, performance, availability, protection, troubleshooting, and capacity planning. Cisco's most popular network management tools include:

Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager is a browser-based Java applet that permits you configure and monitor the software on security devices. Cisco ASDM is installed by the Cisco appliance, and allows you to configure, track, and manage the unit.

Cisco Monitor Manager is a comprehensive management solution developed to handle the requirements of small and midsize organizations. Monitor Manager continuously monitors key appliance parameters on voice and data networks serving five to 250 users and equipped with as many as 250 Cisco Unified IP phones. The application offers:

  • Up-to-date monitoring of important device processes on SMB-class routers and switches, Communications Manager Express, Cisco Unity Express, security devices, access points, and IP phones
  • Compatibility with the Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series appliance for businesses with up to 50 workers
Monitor Manager tracks the system on a round-the-clock cycle and frequently polls and gathers inventory and operations-monitoring information from the monitored devices in the network. Cisco Monitor Manager is a Microsoft Windows-based utility and is completely transparent to IT processes and does not use any agent on target appliances. The application provides a variety of useful features such as:
  • Voice and data network discovery and physical topology
  • Physical and process views of Unified Communications implementation
  • Networkwide inventory collection and reporting
  • Highly secure and reliable operation
  • Appliance performance tracking
  • Cisco Unified IP Telephony monitoring
  • Connection status and traffic monitoring
  • Immediate alerts and notices
  • Documentation
  • Configuration log

Cisco Network Assistant is a desktop-based management tool designed for for wired and wireless LANs (WLANs) for expanding businesses that have up to 40 Cisco switches and routers. By using Smartports technology, the application simplifies setup, installation, and continuing administration and maintenance of Cisco-based networks. Cisco Network Assistant offers a centralized network view and allows network managers to deploy its functions among switches, routers, and WAPs.

Cisco Security Manager is a highly functional but easy-to-use solution for centrally provisioning all aspects of appliance configuration and security policies for firewalls, virtual private networks, and Intrusion Prevention Systems. Cisco Security Manager efficiently handles even small networks consisting of fewer than ten devices, but also scales to control enterprise systems composed of thousands of appliances. Scalability is enabled through intelligent policy-driven control procedures that can streamline administrative overhead. Highlights of Cisco Security Manager include:

  • Supports control of Cisco router platforms running a Cisco IOS security software image, Cisco ASA 5500 security appliances, Cisco PIX firewalls, Cisco IPS 4200 sensors, and Cisco Catalyst 6500 security services modules
  • Reacts more quickly to threats: specify and assign updated policies to thousands of devices in just a few steps
  • Rich graphical user interface offers superior ease-of-use
  • A variety of views that offer flexible methods to control appliances and policies including the option to manage the security environment graphically on a topology map
  • Comprehensive video help for the new user to accelerate learning period
  • Globally specify which policies are shared and automatically inherited by new appliances to make sure company-wide policies are implemented consistently, while offering optional flexibility to customize policies at the local appliance level
  • Capability to create a single firewall rule database for Cisco firewalls with smart analysis of firewall policies to determine conflicts within the rule table
  • Easily configure site-to-site, hub-spoke, full-mesh IPsec, or extranet Virtual Private Network links with a VPN wizard
  • Integration with Cisco ACS for granular role based access control to devices and administration services
  • Integration with security MARS to correlate monitored data with related security appliance rules to enable faster decision making and enhanced system availability
  • Capability to assign particular jobs to every administrator in the course of the implementation of a policy, with structured change control and logging; permits the security and systems operations team to work in sync as a cohesive unit with effective coordination
How Progent's Cisco Certified Experts Can Assist Your Business with Network Management Solutions
Progent's Cisco-qualified network management consultants can assist you to utilize Cisco's management utilities alongside a variety of effective third-party programs to develop a comprehensive network management solution to keep your infrastructure operating smoothly, conserve valuable resources, protect your information, recover rapidly from equipment failure or deliberates assaults, and enable you to expand or reassign system resources intelligently and affordably as your organization grows.

Progent can also show you how to use network management utilities to monitor and categorize network data to enable traffic shaping, which permits you to configure Cisco routers to enforce different throughput constraints on certain classes of activity based on the priorities you specify. By buffering and queuing data packets that exceed your contracted rates, and by giving priority to critical processes, traffic shaping can prevent ISP overage penalties from spiraling out of reach and/or eliminate gaps in worker productivity caused by indiscriminate enforcement of your network traffic volume limits during periods of heavy use.

Progent's CISA and ISSAP security professionals can assist you to create a comprehensive security plan that encompasses your network management processes, and Progent's remote and on-premises support experts and Cisco CCIE-certified engineers can use advanced network management technology to isolate and repair trouble quickly to keep your network productive.

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