Cisco Network Management Solutions ExpertiseA wealth of network management products from Cisco and other vendors underscores the importance and difficulty of supporting IT infrastructure. Progent's Cisco-certified network management engineers are expert at helping businesses design management solutions based on Simple Network Management Protocol, Syslog, and Cisco Netflow protocols to build powerful tools for understanding network utilization and latency, monitoring key router and switch performance metrics, and identifying traffic patterns, processes, and appliances that use network services.

Progent can assist customers to utilize a rich selection of free and proprietary monitoring and management products to maintain a Cisco-powered environment. Tools familiar to Progent's engineers include MRTG, Nagios, PRTG, Cisco Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager, Cisco Monitor Manager, Cisco Security Manager, OpenView, Wireshark/Ethereal, Concord E-Health, Adventnet Netflow and Firewall Analyzer, Solarwinds Orion, and NetMRI.

Network management platforms can allow organizations to be aware of current system usage and effectively prepare for future traffic expansion. Network management tools can also be used to detect poor or inappropriate uses of system services, for example streaming multimedia, peer-to-peer sharing, etc. that can eat up valuable and scarce network resources. A well designed network management solution can also aid organizations to arrive at informed choices on WAN and LAN enhancements once they recognize how much system bandwidth historically required at any one time.

Having an effective network management solution in operation ahead of time is vital to avoid severe problems that can be caused by DoS attacks and dangerous viruses/Trojans. These assaults can leave the network unusable and without appropriate tools it can be time consuming, and sometimes practically impossible, to find the location of the problem.

Network Management Tools from Cisco
Cisco has developed an assortment of powerful tools that should form the basis for any network management strategy. Utilized in combination with appropriate outside vendor tools, Cisco's network management software can improve the competitive value of network infrastructures for organizations of any size by dealing with important areas such as system utilization, performance, resilience, protection, troubleshooting, and capacity planning. Cisco's most familiar network management products include:

Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) is a web utility that permits you set up and monitor the software built into network devices. Cisco ASDM is loaded by the network appliance, and enables you to configure, monitor, and control the device.

Monitor Manager is a management application developed to handle the requirements of small and midsize organizations. Cisco Monitor Manager actively checks important device parameters on voice and data networks used by five to 250 workers and equipped with as many as 250 IP phones. Monitor Manager provides:

  • Up-to-date monitoring of key device parameters on Cisco SMB-class routers and switches, Unified Communications Manager Express, Unity Express, security appliances, access points, and VoIP phones
  • Ability to manage the Unified Communications 500 Series communications appliance for organizations with as many as 50 workers
Monitor Manager scans the network on a round-the-clock basis and frequently polls and collects identification and performance-tracking information from the monitored appliances in the network. Cisco Monitor Manager is a Windows-based application and is entirely transparent to IT processes and does not use any agent on target devices. Cisco Monitor Manager offers a variety of useful features and benefits including:
  • Voice and data network discovery and topology
  • Physical and process looks at Unified Communications deployment
  • System wide device identification collection and reporting
  • Advanced security and dependable operation
  • Appliance performance monitoring
  • VoIP Telephony monitoring
  • Interface status and traffic monitoring
  • Immediate alarms and notices
  • Reports
  • Setup archive

Network Assistant is a desktop-hosted management application optimized for wired and wireless LANs (WLANs) for growing organizations that have as many as 40 switches and routers. By running Smartports, Network Assistant simplifies configuration, deployment, and continuing administration and maintenance of Cisco-based networks. Cisco Network Assistant offers a unified network view and permits network managers to employ its functions among Cisco switches, routers, and wireless access points.

Cisco Security Manager is a highly functional but simple to operate solution for managing all facets of appliance set up and security policies for Cisco PIX and ASA security appliances, virtual private networks (VPNs), and IPS. Cisco Security Manager effectively manages even small networks consisting of fewer than ten appliances, but also expands to control large-scale networks with thousands of Cisco routers, security appliances, and switch services modules. Scalability is achieved via smart policy-based management procedures that can streamline administration. Key features of Security Manager include:

  • Supports provisioning for Cisco routers configured with an IOS security software image, Cisco ASA 5500 family firewalls, Cisco PIX firewalls, Cisco IPS 4200 family sensors, and Catalyst 6500 Series security modules
  • Reacts faster. more rapidly to threats: specify and assign new security policies to many hundreds of devices in a few easy steps
  • Intuitive graphical user interface provides exceptional ease-of-use
  • Multiple looks that offer versatile ways to control appliances and security policies such as the option to administer the security environment visually on a system topology map
  • Comprehensive animated help for the new user to reduce training period
  • Centrally specify which policies are shared and inherited by additional appliances to ensure corporate policies are configured consistently, while offering sufficient flexibility to customize policies at the local device level
  • Ability to build a single rule table for Cisco firewalls with intelligent evaluation of firewall policies to determine anomalies within the rule table
  • Quickly set up site-to-site, hub-and-spoke, full-mesh IPsec, or extranet VPN links by means of a VPN wizard
  • Integration with Cisco ACS for granular role based connection control to devices and management services
  • Integration with security MARS to associate events with related security appliance rules to promote faster decision making and enhanced system availability
  • Capability to assign particular tasks to every administrator during the deployment of a policy, with formal change management and logging; allows the security and systems operations team to act in sync as a cohesive unit with effective coordination
How Progent's Cisco Certified Experts Can Assist Your Business with Network Management
Progent's Cisco-certified network management consultants can help you to utilize Cisco's network management tools in combination with an array of effective open source and proprietary applications to create a comprehensive management solution to keep your network running dependably, consolidate expensive resources, guard your information, recover rapidly from equipment failure or deliberates attacks, and enable you to expand or reassign system resources effectively and affordably as your business grows.

Progent can also assist you to use network management tools to analyze and classify network data to enable traffic shaping, which permits you to set up Cisco routers to impose different bandwidth restrictions on certain types of processes according to the priorities you assign. By storing and sorting excess packets that exceed your committed rates, and by assigning preference to business-critical processes, traffic shaping can keep ISP excess usage penalties from spiraling out of reach and/or avoid gaps in worker productivity resulting from brute force policing of your network traffic volume limits during periods of heavy demand.

Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can show you how to create a comprehensive security plan that encompasses your network management solution, and Progent's remote and on-site network specialists and Cisco CCIE-certified engineers can utilize advanced network monitoring and analysis tools to isolate and fix trouble rapidly to keep your network productive.

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