Network Management Solutions EngineersA wealth of network management utilities from Cisco and third-party vendors underscores the importance and difficulty of supporting IT infrastructure. Progent's Cisco qualified network management engineers are expert at assisting businesses design management strategies based on SNMP, Syslog, and Cisco Netflow protocols to build powerful tools for network utilization and network latency, viewing important router and switch operational characteristics, and identifying traffic profiles, applications, and appliances utilizing available services.

Progent can assist businesses to utilize a broad range of free and license-based monitoring and management products to manage Cisco infrastructure. Utilities used by Progent's engineers include MRTG, Cacti, Nagios, PRTG, Cisco Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager, Cisco Monitor Manager, CiscoWorks, Cisco Security Manager, OpenView, Wireshark/Ethereal, Concord E-Health, AlterPoint DeviceAuthority, Adventnet Netflow and Firewall Analyzer, Solarwinds Orion, and Necordia NetMRI.

Network management platforms can help organizations to be aware of current network usage and intelligently prepare for future traffic increases. Management utilities can also be used to highlight poor or improper utilization of network resources, for example streaming multimedia, peer-to-peer file exchange, etc. that can eat up valuable and scarce network bandwidth. A carefully designed network management solution can also help businesses to arrive at intelligent decisions on system upgrades once they appreciate how much network bandwidth actually needed at various times.

Having an effective network management system in operation in advance is essential to avoid major problems that can result from Denial Of Service attacks and dangerous viruses/Trojans. Such assaults can leave the network unstable and without proper tools it can be time consuming, and sometimes virtually impossible, to discover the source of the trouble.

Network Management Solutions from Cisco
Cisco provides a variety of powerful tools that should form the basis for any network management solution. Utilized in combination with the top outside vendor tools, Cisco's network management offerings can improve the competitive value of networks for companies of any size by helping with important areas such as system utilization, throughput, resilience, protection, repair, and capacity planning. Cisco's most popular network management products include:

Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager is a web Java applet that allows you to set up and operate the management utilities built into network appliances. Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager is installed by the adaptive security device, and allows you to configure, track, and manage the device.

Monitor Manager is a management and monitoring application designed to address the needs of small and midsize businesses. Cisco Monitor Manager continuously tracks key device processes on voice/data environments serving five to 250 users and equipped with as many as 250 Cisco Unified IP phones. The application provides:

  • Up-to-date monitoring of important device processes on small and midsize business-class network appliances, Unified Communications Manager Express, Cisco Unity Express, security devices, access points, and VoIP phones
  • Support for the Unified Communications 500 Series communications appliance for businesses with up to 50 users
Monitor Manager tracks the network on a round-the-clock cycle and frequently touches and collects inventory and performance-monitoring information from the monitored appliances in the network. Monitor Manager is a Microsoft Windows-based utility and is entirely nondisruptive to system operations and does not use any agent software on target devices. Monitor Manager offers a rich set of useful features such as:
  • Network discovery and topology
  • Physical and process looks at Cisco Unified Communications deployment
  • Networkwide device identification logging and documentation
  • Advanced security and dependable operation
  • Appliance operations tracking
  • Cisco Unified IP Telephony tracking
  • Interface status and data traffic tracking
  • Immediate alarms and event notification
  • Reports
  • Configuration log

Cisco Network Assistant is a desktop-hosted network management tool designed for for wired and wireless LANs (WLANs) for expanding companies with up to 40 switches and routers. By using Cisco's Smartports mechanism, the application simplifies setup, deployment, and ongoing administration and support of Cisco networks. Cisco Network Assistant provides a centralized network view and allows IT managers to employ its features among Cisco switches, routers, and wireless access points.

Security Manager is a highly functional but easy-to-use application for centrally provisioning all aspects of appliance configuration and policies for firewalls, VPNs, and Intrusion Prevention Systems. Cisco Security Manager efficiently manages even small environments with no more than than ten devices, but also expands to control enterprise networks composed of thousands of appliances. Scalability is achieved through intelligent policy-driven management procedures that can simplify administrative overhead. Highlights of Security Manager include:

  • Allows control of Cisco router platforms running an IOS security image, ASA 5500 family security appliances, PIX security appliances, Cisco IPS 4200 sensors, and Cisco Catalyst 6500 security modules
  • Respond faster. more rapidly to attacks: specify and assign new security policies to thousands of appliances in just a few steps
  • Rich graphical user interface offers exceptional ease-of-use
  • A variety of views that provide flexible ways to manage devices and security policies including the option to manage the security network visually on a topology image
  • Comprehensive animated help for the novice user to speed up training period
  • Centrally specify which policies are common and inherited by new devices to ensure corporate policies are implemented regularly, while providing sufficient flexibility to customize policies at the local device level
  • Ability to build a common rule table for Cisco platforms with intelligent evaluation of firewall policies to determine anomalies within the rule table
  • Easily set up site-to-site, hub-spoke, full mesh, or extranet VPN links by means of a few mouse clicks
  • Compatibility with Cisco ACS for low-level role based connection management to devices and administration services
  • Integration with security MARS to compare events against related firewall rules to enable quicker decision making and increased system availability
  • Capability to allocate specific tasks to every administrator during the deployment of a policy, with formal change control and logging; permits the security and network operations staff to work in sync as a cohesive group with effective teamwork
How Progent's Cisco Certified Experts Can Help Your Business with Network Management
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants can assist you to utilize Cisco's network management tools alongside an array of effective open source and proprietary applications to create a comprehensive management solution to keep your infrastructure running dependably, consolidate valuable resources, guard your information, recover rapidly from equipment failure or deliberates attacks, and allow you to expand or repurpose network resources intelligently and economically as your company grows.

Progent can also show you how to use network management utilities to monitor and categorize system data to implement traffic shaping, which permits you to program routers to enforce different bandwidth constraints on designated classes of processes according to the priorities you specify. By storing and sorting data packets above your committed volume, and by assigning priority to the most important applications, traffic shaping can prevent service provider overage charges from spiraling out of reach and/or avoid lost worker productivity resulting from indiscriminate policing of your network traffic volume limits during periods of heavy use.

Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can assist you to develop an end-to-end security plan that incorporates your network management processes, and Progent's remote and on-site network specialists and Cisco CCIE and CNA qualified engineers can use the latest network management technology to identify and fix trouble quickly to keep your IT system productive.

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