Cisco Network Management Solutions ExpertiseA wealth of network management utilities from Cisco and other vendors highlights the importance and difficulty of supporting IT infrastructure. Progent's Cisco-certified network management engineers are experienced at helping businesses develop management solutions utilizing on Simple Network Management Protocol, SYSLOG services, and Cisco NetFlow to build effective tools for tracking network utilization and network latency, viewing important router and switch performance metrics, and identifying traffic profiles, processes, and devices utilizing available resources.

Progent can help businesses to deploy a broad range of free and proprietary monitoring and management products to manage a Cisco network. Tools used by Progent's engineers include Cacti, Nagios, Paessler Router Traffic Grapher, Cisco Cisco ASDM, Cisco Monitor Manager, CiscoWorks, Cisco Security Manager, OpenView, Concord E-Health, Adventnet Netflow and Firewall Analyzer, Big Brother, Solarwinds Orion, and NetMRI.

Network management platforms can help IT administrators to understand existing network usage and effectively plan for downstream capacity expansion. Management tools can also be used to detect inefficient or improper uses of system services, for example streaming multimedia, peer-to-peer sharing, etc. that can waste expensive and limited network resources. A well planned network management strategy can also aid organizations to arrive at intelligent choices on network upgrades after they recognize how much system resources really needed at specific times.

Having an effective network management platform in operation ahead of time is vital to prevent major disruptions that can be caused by DoS attacks and malicious viruses. Such events can render the network unusable and without proper tools it can be difficult, if not virtually impossible, to find the source of the trouble.

Network Management Solutions from Cisco
Cisco provides a variety of effective utilities that should form the basis for any management strategy. Used in conjunction with the top outside vendor tools, Cisco's network management software can improve the business value of networks for companies of any size by improving important areas such as system utilization, performance, availability, protection, troubleshooting, and scalability. Cisco's top network management tools include:

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

Monitor Manager is a management application designed to handle the needs of small and midsize businesses (SMBs). Monitor Manager actively checks key appliance processes on voice and data networks serving 5 to 250 workers and equipped with as many as 250 IP phones. Cisco Monitor Manager offers:

  • Up-to-date scanning of key device parameters on small and midsize business-class routers, switches, and voice gateways, Unified Communications Manager Express, Cisco Unity Express, security devices, wireless access points, and Cisco Unified IP Phones
  • Compatibility with the Unified Communications 500 communications appliance for businesses with as many as 50 workers
Cisco Monitor Manager monitors the system on a round-the-clock cycle and periodically polls and gathers identification and performance-monitoring information from the managed appliances in the system. Cisco Monitor Manager is a Microsoft Windows-based utility and is completely nondisruptive to IT operations and does not deploy any agent on target devices. Cisco Monitor Manager provides a variety of valuable features and benefits such as:
  • Network discovery and topology
  • Physical and process looks at Unified Communications deployment
  • System wide device identification collection and reporting
  • Advanced security and dependable operation
  • Device operations monitoring
  • Cisco Unified IP Telephony monitoring
  • Interface status and traffic tracking
  • Real-time alarms and notices
  • Reports
  • Configuration archive

Cisco Network Assistant is a desktop-based management tool optimized for LANs and WLANS for expanding companies with up to 40 Cisco switches and routers. By running Smartports, Cisco Network Assistant simplifies configuration, deployment, and continuing management and support of Cisco-based networks. Cisco Network Assistant offers a unified system view and permits IT administrators to deploy its functions among switches, routers, and access points.

Cisco Security Manager is a feature-rich but simple to operate solution for centrally provisioning all aspects of device set up and policies for Cisco PIX and ASA security appliances, virtual private networks (VPNs), and Intrusion Prevention Systems. The solution efficiently manages even small networks consisting of no more than than ten appliances, but also scales to control large-scale networks composed of thousands of appliances. Scalability is achieved through smart policy-based control techniques that can streamline administrative overhead. Key features of Security Manager are:

  • Supports control of Cisco router platforms configured with an IOS security software image, Cisco ASA 5500 security appliances, PIX firewalls, IPS 4200 inline security appliances, and Catalyst 6500 Series security services modules
  • Reacts faster. more rapidly to threats: define and assign updated policies to thousands of devices in a few easy steps
  • Intuitive GUI offers superior ease-of-use
  • A variety of looks that offer flexible ways to control devices and policies including the option to manage the security network graphically on a topology map
  • Extensive animated help for the new operator to reduce training period
  • Centrally specify which policies are shared and automatically inherited by new appliances to ensure company-wide policies are configured consistently, while providing optional flexibility to modify policies at the local device level
  • Ability to create a common rule database for Cisco platforms with intelligent evaluation of firewall policies to detect anomalies within the rule base
  • Quickly configure location-to-location, hub-spoke, full mesh, or extranet VPN connections with a VPN wizard
  • Integration with Cisco ACS for granular role based connection management to devices and management functions
  • Operation with security MARS to correlate monitored data with related firewall rules to promote quicker decision making and enhanced network availability
  • Ability to assign particular jobs to every administrator in the course of the implementation of a policy, with structured change control and tracking; allows the security and systems operations staff to work cooperatively as a cohesive group with effective coordination
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist You with Network Management
Progent's Cisco-qualified network management engineers can show you how to utilize Cisco's network management tools in combination with a variety of powerful third-party programs to create a comprehensive management strategy to keep your network operating smoothly, conserve valuable resources, guard your information, recover rapidly from hardware failure or malicious assaults, and allow you to scale or repurpose system resources effectively and affordably as your organization grows.

Progent can also assist you to utilize network management utilities to monitor and classify system data to enable traffic shaping, which permits you to set up routers to enforce different bandwidth constraints on certain classes of processes based on the priorities you specify. By buffering and sorting data packets above your contracted volume, and by giving priority to business-critical applications, traffic shaping can prevent ISP excess usage charges from spinning out of control and/or eliminate gaps in productivity resulting from indiscriminate enforcement of your network traffic volume restrictions during peak use.

Progent's CISA and ISSAP security professionals can help you to create an end-to-end security strategy that encompasses your network management solution, and Progent's remote and on-site network specialists and Cisco CCIE-certified consultants can utilize advanced network management technology to isolate and remediate problems quickly to keep your network running smoothly.

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