Network management platforms help companies to deploy infrastructure efficiently, look up user information quickly, monitor system operation, debug problems, protect against and respond to cyber attacks, and maximize performance. Network management systems can help detect inefficient or improper uses of network services like streaming media or peer-to-peer file sharing that can burn up bandwidth, lower employee productivity or leave you vulnerable to data leaks. A prudently crafted network management solution can also assist companies to make informed capacity planning moves by showing tendencies in resource demand for various times or tasks.
Cisco offers a rich and growing catalog of infrastructure management solutions that support centralized management for on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid network architectures. With Cisco's later security, switching, and Wi-Fi networking products, you can run Meraki, Cisco DNA Center, or CLI management platforms for network management. For instance, you can interface the latest Catalyst or Meraki switches and Catalyst or Meraki WiFi 6/6E APs to the Meraki dashboard to monitor and manage critical layers of your IT infrastructure from the cloud. Progent's Catalyst WiFi AP experts, Meraki Wi-Fi AP consultants, Catalyst switches consulting experts, and Meraki switches consultants can assist your organization to design, deploy and tune an up-to-date environment for network infrastructure monitoring and management.
Legacy Network Management Tools from Cisco and Others
An abundance of network management products from Cisco and third-party vendors highlights the importance and complexity of supporting IT infrastructure. Progent's seasoned network management engineers are experienced at assisting businesses develop network management solutions utilizing on SNMP, Syslog, and NetFlow protocols to create powerful tools for tracking network bandwidth usage and latency, viewing important router and switch operational metrics, and identifying traffic profiles, applications, and devices utilizing available services.
Progent can assist customers to utilize a rich selection of open source and license-based management tools to maintain a Cisco network. Utilities used by Progent's consultants include Cacti, Nagios, Paessler Router Traffic Grapher, Cisco Cisco ASDM, Cisco Monitor Manager, Cisco Security Manager, OpenView, Wireshark/Ethereal, Concord E-Health, Advent and Firewall Analyzer, Big Brother, and NetMRI.
Network management tools can allow IT administrators to understand current network utilization and intelligently plan for downstream capacity increases. Management utilities can also be deployed to highlight poor or improper uses of system resources, such as streaming multimedia, peer-to-peer sharing, etc. that can use up valuable or scarce network bandwidth. A carefully crafted network management strategy can also assist organizations to arrive at intelligent decisions on WAN and LAN enhancements once they appreciate how much network bandwidth really required at various times.
Having an efficient network management platform in place in advance is essential to prevent major problems that can follow Denial Of Service (DoS) attacks and malicious viruses/Trojans. These assaults can leave the network unstable and in the absence of appropriate utilities it can be difficult, and in some cases practically impossible, to discover the source of the trouble.
Network Management Tools from Cisco
Cisco has created an array of powerful utilities that should form the foundation for any network management strategy. Utilized in conjunction with appropriate third-party tools, Cisco's network management offerings can improve the competitive value of network infrastructures for companies of any size by improving important areas such as system utilization, performance, resilience, security, repair, and capacity planning. Cisco's most popular network management products include:
Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) is a browser-based utility that lets you configure and monitor the management utilities on network appliances. Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager is installed by the adaptive security appliance, and allows you to configure, track, and control the unit.
Cisco Monitor Manager is a management application developed for the requirements of small and medium-sized businesses. Cisco Monitor Manager actively scans key device processes on voice and data environments used by 5 to 250 users and equipped with up to 250 VoIP phones. The application provides:
Network Assistant is a desktop-hosted management application designed for for wired and wireless LANs (WLANs) for growing companies that have up to 40 Cisco switches and routers. By using Cisco's Smartports mechanism, Network Assistant streamlines configuration, installation, and ongoing administration and maintenance of Cisco-based networks. Network Assistant offers a centralized system view and permits network administrators to employ its features among switches, routers, and wireless access points.
Cisco Security Manager is a powerful but simple to operate solution for centrally provisioning all facets of device configuration and security policies for PIX and ASA firewalls, virtual private networks (VPNs), and Intrusion Prevention Systems. Cisco Security Manager effectively manages even small environments with no more than than ten devices, but also expands to manage large-scale networks with thousands of appliances. Expansion is achieved via smart policy-based control procedures that can streamline administration. Key features of Cisco Security Manager are:
Progent can also assist you to use network management utilities to analyze and categorize system data to implement traffic shaping, which allows you to set up Cisco routers to impose different bandwidth constraints on designated classes of activity according to the importance you specify. By buffering and sorting excess packets above your committed volume, and by assigning preference to the most important processes, traffic shaping can keep ISP excess usage penalties from spiraling out of reach and/or eliminate lost worker productivity caused by indiscriminate enforcement of your network bandwidth restrictions during periods of heavy demand.
Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can assist you to develop a comprehensive security strategy that incorporates your network management solution, and Progent's remote and in person support specialists and Cisco CCIE and CNA qualified consultants can utilize advanced network management technology to isolate and remediate problems rapidly to keep your IT system productive.
To learn more details concerning Progent's professional support for Cisco products, choose a topic: