Cisco Network Management Solutions Consulting FirmA wealth of network management utilities from Cisco and other suppliers underscores the importance and difficulty of network management. Progent's seasoned network management consultants are experienced at assisting companies design network management strategies utilizing on SNMP, Syslog, and Cisco NetFlow to build effective mechanisms for tracking network bandwidth usage and latency, viewing important router and switch operational metrics, and recognizing traffic profiles, processes, and devices utilizing available resources.

Progent can assist businesses to utilize a rich range of free and license-based monitoring and management tools to maintain Cisco infrastructure. Utilities familiar to Progent's consultants include MRTG, Nagios, PRTG, Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM), Cisco Network Assistant, CiscoWorks, Cisco Security Manager, OpenView, AlterPoint DeviceAuthority, Adventnet Netflow and Firewall Analyzer, Solarwinds Orion, and Necordia NetMRI.

Network management tools can help organizations to understand existing system usage and intelligently plan for future capacity expansion. Network management tools can also be used to highlight poor or inappropriate utilization of system resources, for example streaming video, peer-to-peer file exchange, etc. that can use up valuable and limited network resources. A well planned network management strategy can also enable companies to arrive at intelligent decisions on wide and local area network upgrades once they appreciate the amount of system bandwidth really needed at any one time.

Putting an effective network management platform in operation in advance is vital to prevent major problems that can follow DoS attacks and malicious viruses/Trojans. Such assaults can render the network unusable and without proper tools it can be difficult, and sometimes virtually impossible, to find the location 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. Utilized in combination with appropriate third-party applications, Cisco's network management offerings can enhance the competitive value of network infrastructures for organizations of all sizes by dealing with important areas such as system utilization, performance, availability, protection, troubleshooting, and scalability. Cisco's most popular network management products include:

Cisco ASDM is a browser-based Java applet that allows you to configure and monitor the software on security devices. Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager is loaded by the adaptive security appliance, and allows you to set up, monitor, and control the device.

Cisco Monitor Manager is a comprehensive management solution developed for the requirements of small and medium-sized organizations. Monitor Manager actively scans important device processes on voice and data networks used by five to 250 workers and equipped with as many as 250 Cisco Unified IP phones. The application offers:

  • Up-to-date tracking of important appliance processes on small and midsize business-class network appliances, Communications Manager Express, Cisco Unity Express, security appliances, access points, and VoIP phones
  • Support for the Cisco Unified Communications 500 communications appliance for companies with up to 50 users
Cisco Monitor Manager scans the network on a round-the-clock cycle and periodically polls and collects inventory and operations-tracking data from the monitored appliances in the network. Monitor Manager is a Windows-based utility and is entirely transparent to IT operations and does not deploy any agent on target devices. The application provides a variety of useful features including:
  • Voice and data network discovery and physical topology
  • Physical and service level views of Cisco Unified Communications deployment
  • Networkwide inventory logging and reporting
  • Highly secure and dependable operation
  • Cisco device operations monitoring
  • IP Telephony monitoring
  • Interface status and traffic monitoring
  • Immediate alarms and event notification
  • Reports
  • Configuration log

Network Assistant is a PC-hosted management application optimized for wired and wireless LANs (WLANs) for expanding organizations with up to 40 Cisco switches and routers. By using Smartports, the application simplifies setup, deployment, and ongoing administration and support of Cisco networks. Network Assistant provides a unified system view and allows IT administrators to deploy its features across switches, routers, and WAPs.

Security Manager is a powerful but easy-to-use application for centrally provisioning all aspects of appliance set up and security policies for Cisco firewalls, VPNs, and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS). Cisco Security Manager effectively handles even small environments with no more than than ten devices, but also scales to control large-scale networks composed of thousands of Cisco routers, security appliances, and switch services modules. Expansion is achieved via intelligent policy-driven control procedures that can simplify administration. Highlights of Cisco Security Manager include:

  • Supports provisioning for Cisco router platforms configured with an IOS security image, ASA 5500 family security appliances, Cisco PIX security appliances, Cisco IPS 4200 family inline security appliances, and Cisco Catalyst 6500 family security services modules
  • Respond faster. more rapidly to attacks: define and apply new security policies to thousands of appliances in a few simple steps
  • Rich GUI offers exceptional ease-of-use
  • A variety of looks that offer versatile ways to manage devices and security policies such as the capability to manage the security environment graphically on a system topology map
  • Comprehensive video training for the new operator to speed up training period
  • Globally specify which policies are common and automatically inherited by new devices to ensure company-wide policies are configured consistently, while providing optional versatility to modify policies at the local appliance level
  • Ability to build a common firewall rule table for all Cisco platforms with intelligent evaluation of firewall policies to determine conflicts in the rule table
  • Quickly set up site-to-site, hub-and-spoke, full-mesh IPsec, or extranet VPN connections by means of a VPN wizard
  • Integration with Cisco ACS for granular role based access control to appliances and administration services
  • Integration with security MARS system to associate monitored data against corresponding firewall rules to promote faster management decisions and increased network up time
  • Capability to assign particular jobs to each manager during the implementation of a policy, with formal change control and logging; permits the security and systems operations team to act in sync as a single unit with effective teamwork
How Progent's Cisco Certified Experts Can Assist Your Business with Network Management
Progent's Cisco-qualified network management consultants can show you how to utilize Cisco's management utilities alongside a selection of powerful open source and proprietary applications to develop a comprehensive network management strategy to keep your infrastructure running dependably, consolidate expensive resources, protect your information, recover quickly from hardware failure or malicious assaults, and enable you to expand or repurpose system hardware effectively and affordably as your organization evolves.

Progent can also assist you to utilize network management applications to analyze and classify system data to enable traffic shaping, which permits you to configure routers to impose different throughput constraints on designated classes of activity according to the priorities you specify. By storing and sorting data packets that exceed your contracted rates, and by giving priority to critical applications, traffic shaping can prevent ISP overage penalties from spinning out of control and/or eliminate lost productivity resulting from brute force policing of your network traffic volume restrictions during periods of heavy use.

Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security consultants can help you to develop an end-to-end security strategy that incorporates your network management processes, and Progent's remote and on-premises network specialists and Cisco CCIE and CNA qualified engineers can utilize the latest network management tools to isolate and remediate trouble quickly to keep your IT system productive.

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