Cisco Network Management Solutions Consulting and Support ServicesA wealth of network management products from Cisco and other vendors underscores the value and difficulty of supporting IT infrastructure. Progent's Cisco-certified network management engineers are experienced at helping businesses develop network management solutions based on Simple Network Management Protocol, Syslog, and NetFlow protocols to create effective tools for tracking network bandwidth usage and latency, viewing key router and switch performance metrics, and identifying traffic profiles, processes, and appliances that use available services.

Progent can assist businesses to deploy a broad selection of free and proprietary monitoring and management solutions to manage a Cisco network. Tools used by Progent's engineers include MRTG, Cacti, Nagios, 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 allow organizations to understand existing system usage and intelligently plan for future traffic expansion. Network management tools can also be deployed to identify poor or improper uses of system services, for example streaming audio and video, peer-to-peer sharing, etc. that can use up expensive or limited network bandwidth. An efficiently planned network management strategy can also enable companies to make intelligent decisions on WAN and LAN enhancements once they appreciate how much network resources historically needed at any one time.

Putting an efficient network management system in operation ahead of time is essential to prevent severe disruptions that can be caused by Denial Of Service attacks and dangerous viruses. These events can leave the network unusable and without proper tools it can be time consuming, if not virtually impossible, to discover the source of the problem.

Network Management Products from Cisco
Cisco offers an assortment of effective utilities that should form the basis for any management strategy. Used in conjunction with the top third-party applications, Cisco's network management software can improve the competitive value of network infrastructures for organizations of any size by helping with key areas such as system utilization, performance, resilience, security, repair, and scalability. Cisco's most popular network management tools include:

Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager is a web utility that lets you set up and operate the software on security devices. Adaptive Security Device Manager is loaded by the Cisco appliance, and allows you to set up, track, and manage the device.

Cisco Monitor Manager is a management and monitoring application developed for the needs of small and medium-sized companies. Cisco Monitor Manager continuously monitors key device processes on voice and data networks serving five to 250 users and with up to 250 IP phones. The application provides:

  • Real-time tracking of key appliance parameters on SMB-class routers and switches, Unified Communications Manager Express, Cisco Unity Express, security devices, wireless access points, and VoIP phones
  • Compatibility with the Unified Communications 500 Series appliance for companies with up to 50 workers
Monitor Manager tracks the system on a 24x7 basis and periodically touches and gathers identification and performance-monitoring information from the managed appliances in the system. Monitor Manager is a Microsoft Windows-based application and is entirely nondisruptive to system operations and does not deploy any agent on target appliances. Monitor Manager provides a variety of useful features and benefits including:
  • Voice and data network discovery and topology
  • Device and process views of Cisco Unified Communications deployment
  • Networkwide inventory collection and reporting
  • Advanced security and reliable operation
  • Device operations monitoring
  • IP Telephony tracking
  • Interface status and data traffic tracking
  • Real-time alerts and notices
  • Reports
  • Setup log

Cisco Network Assistant is a desktop-hosted management tool designed for for LANs and WLANS for expanding companies that have as many as 40 Cisco switches and routers. By running Smartports, Cisco Network Assistant streamlines configuration, deployment, and continuing management and support of Cisco networks. Cisco Network Assistant provides a centralized system view and permits network administrators to employ its features across Cisco switches, routers, and access points.

Cisco Security Manager is a powerful but easy-to-use application for centrally provisioning all facets of device configuration and security policies for PIX and ASA firewalls, virtual private networks (VPNs), and Intrusion Prevention Systems. The solution effectively manages even small environments with fewer than ten appliances, but also expands to manage large-scale networks composed of thousands of appliances. Expansion is achieved through intelligent policy-based management procedures that can streamline administration. Key features of Security Manager are:

  • Allows control of Cisco routers configured with an IOS security software image, ASA 5500 firewalls, Cisco PIX firewalls, Cisco IPS 4200 family sensors, and Cisco Catalyst 6500 family security services modules
  • Reacts faster. more rapidly to attacks: specify and apply updated policies to many hundreds of devices in a few easy steps
  • Intuitive graphical user interface offers superior ease-of-use
  • A variety of looks that provide flexible ways to manage appliances and policies including the option to manage the security network graphically on a system topology map
  • Extensive video training for the first-time user to speed up training time
  • Globally specify which policies are shared and inherited by new appliances to ensure company-wide policies are configured regularly, at the same time offering sufficient versatility to customize policies at the local appliance level
  • Ability to build a single firewall rule table for Cisco firewalls with smart evaluation of firewall policies to determine conflicts in the rule base
  • Quickly set up site-to-site, hub-and-spoke, full mesh, or extranet Virtual Private Network links by means of a few mouse clicks
  • Integration with Cisco ACS for granular role based access management to devices and administration services
  • Integration with Cisco security MARS to associate events against corresponding security appliance rules to promote faster decision making and increased network availability
  • Ability to allocate particular tasks to each administrator during the implementation of a rule, with structured change management and logging; allows the security and systems operations staff to act together as a cohesive unit with efficient teamwork
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 alongside a variety of effective open source and proprietary programs to develop a complete network management solution to keep your infrastructure running dependably, conserve expensive resources, guard your data, recover rapidly from equipment breakdowns or malicious attacks, and allow you to expand or reassign network resources effectively and affordably as your organization grows.

Progent can also show you how to use network management utilities to analyze and classify system data to implement traffic shaping, which permits you to set up Cisco routers to enforce different bandwidth restrictions on certain classes of processes according to the importance you assign. By storing and queuing data packets above your committed rates, and by assigning priority to business-critical processes, traffic shaping can prevent Internet Service Provider excess usage charges from spiraling out of control and/or eliminate lost productivity resulting from brute force enforcement of your network bandwidth limits during periods of heavy use.

Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can assist you to create a comprehensive security strategy that encompasses your network management processes, and Progent's remote and in person network experts and Cisco CCIE and CNA qualified engineers can use the latest network monitoring and analysis technology to identify and remediate trouble rapidly to keep your IT system in business.

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