Network management platforms help organizations to deploy network infrastructure effectively, look up client information quickly, monitor system operation, debug issues, protect against and react to threats, and maximize performance. Network management tools can spot inefficient or inappropriate uses of network services like streaming multimedia or peer-to-peer file sharing that can waste bandwidth, lower worker productivity or allow data leakage. A prudently crafted network management environment can also assist companies to make informed network enhancement decisions by showing tendencies in network demand for various times or jos.

Meraki Dashboard Consulting Experts

The Meraki Dashboard enables unified cloud management for Cisco infrastructure appliances

Cisco offers a diverse and growing catalog of network management solutions that support unified management for on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid network architectures. With Cisco's newer generation of security, switching, and wireless infrastructure devices, you can choose among Meraki, Cisco DNA Center, or CLI management platforms for network monitoring and management. For example, you can connect the latest Catalyst or Meraki switches and Catalyst or Meraki Wi-Fi access points to the Meraki dashboard to monitor and manage critical components of your corporate infrastructure from the cloud. Progent's Catalyst Wi-Fi AP consultants, Meraki WiFi access point consulting experts, Catalyst switches consulting experts, and Cisco Meraki switches experts can help your organization to plan, deploy and tune a modern solution for network monitoring and management.

Traditional Network Management Tools from Cisco and Others
Network Management Solutions Professional HelpA wealth of network management tools from Cisco and other vendors underscores the importance and difficulty of maintaining networks. Progent's seasoned network management engineers are expert at helping businesses develop network management strategies based on SNMP, SYSLOG services, and NetFlow protocols to create effective tools for tracking network bandwidth usage and network latency, monitoring key router and switch operational metrics, and identifying traffic patterns, applications, and devices that use available resources.

Progent can assist customers to utilize a rich selection of open source and license-based monitoring and management solutions to manage a Cisco-powered environment. Utilities used by Progent's engineers include Cacti, Nagios, Paessler Router Traffic Grapher, Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM), Cisco Monitor Manager, Cisco Security Manager, OpenView, AlterPoint DeviceAuthority, Advent and Firewall Analyzer, Solarwinds Orion, and NetMRI.

Network management tools can help organizations to be aware of current network utilization and intelligently plan for downstream traffic increases. Management utilities can also be used to detect poor or improper utilization of system resources, for example streaming audio and video, peer-to-peer file sharing, etc. that can use up expensive or limited network resources. A well planned network management solution can also assist organizations to arrive at informed decisions on network upgrades after they recognize the amount of system bandwidth really needed at specific times.

Having an efficient network management system in place ahead of time is vital to prevent major disruptions that can be due to Denial Of Service attacks and dangerous viruses. These events can render the network unusable and without appropriate utilities it can be time consuming, and sometimes practically impossible, to identify the location of the problem.

Network Management Tools from Cisco
Cisco provides an assortment of effective utilities that should form the foundation for any management strategy. Utilized in conjunction with the top third-party applications, Cisco's network management software can enhance the competitive value of network infrastructures for companies of all sizes by dealing with key areas such as resource utilization, performance, availability, security, repair, and scalability. Cisco's most popular network management tools include:

Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager is a browser-based Java applet that allows you to configure and monitor the software on network devices. ASDM is loaded by the Cisco device, and allows you to configure, monitor, and control the unit.

Cisco Monitor Manager is a management and monitoring application developed to handle the requirements of small and midsize organizations. Monitor Manager actively checks key device processes on voice/data environments serving 5 to 250 workers and with up to 250 IP phones. The application offers:

  • Up-to-date scanning of important appliance processes on Cisco SMB-class routers and switches, Communications Manager Express, Cisco Unity Express, security appliances, wireless access points, and Cisco Unified IP Phones
  • Support for the Unified Communications 500 for organizations with up to 50 users
Cisco Monitor Manager scans the network on a 24x7 basis and frequently polls and gathers identification and performance-monitoring data from the managed devices in the network. Cisco Monitor Manager is a Windows-based application and is completely invisible to IT operations and does not deploy any agent software on managed devices. The application provides a variety of useful features including:
  • Voice and data network discovery and physical topology
  • Device and service level looks at Unified Communications implementation
  • Networkwide inventory logging and documentation
  • Advanced security and reliable operation
  • Cisco device operations monitoring
  • Cisco Unified IP Telephony monitoring
  • Interface status and data traffic monitoring
  • Real-time alerts and notices
  • Documentation
  • Setup log

Cisco Network Assistant is a desktop-based management application designed for for wired and wireless LANs (WLANs) for growing organizations with up to 40 Cisco switches and routers. By utilizing Smartports technology, Cisco Network Assistant streamlines configuration, deployment, and continuing administration and maintenance of Cisco-based networks. It offers a centralized system view and allows IT managers to deploy its features across switches, routers, and WAPs.

Security Manager is a powerful but easy-to-use solution for centrally provisioning all aspects of appliance set up and policies for PIX and ASA firewalls, virtual private networks (VPNs), and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS). The solution effectively manages even small networks consisting of no more than than ten devices, but also expands to control large-scale systems composed of thousands of Cisco routers, security appliances, and switch services modules. Expansion is enabled via intelligent policy-based control procedures that can streamline administration. Highlights of Security Manager include:

  • Allows control of Cisco router platforms configured with a Cisco IOS security software image, ASA 5500 Series adaptive security appliances, PIX firewalls, Cisco IPS 4200 family inline security appliances, and Cisco Catalyst 6500 family security modules
  • Respond more quickly to threats: define and apply new security policies to thousands of appliances in a few simple steps
  • Rich GUI offers exceptional ease-of-use
  • Multiple views that provide flexible ways to control appliances and security policies including the option to administer the security network graphically on a system topology image
  • Extensive animated training for the new operator to speed up learning period
  • Centrally call out which policies are shared and automatically inherited by additional devices to make sure company-wide policies are configured regularly, while offering sufficient flexibility to customize policies at the individual device level
  • Ability to build a common rule table for Cisco firewalls with smart analysis of firewall policies to determine anomalies within the rule table
  • Quickly configure location-to-location, hub-spoke, full mesh, or extranet Virtual Private Network interfaces with a VPN wizard
  • Compatibility with Cisco Access Control Server (ACS) for granular role based connection management to devices and administration services
  • Operation with security MARS to compare events with corresponding security appliance rules to promote quicker management decisions and increased network availability
  • Capability to assign particular tasks to every administrator during the implementation of a policy, with formal change control and tracking; allows the security and systems operations team to work together as a cohesive group with efficient coordination
How Progent's Cisco Certified Experts Can Help You with Network Management Solutions
Progent's Cisco-Premier network management engineers can show you how to use Cisco's network management tools in combination with an array of powerful open source and proprietary programs to create a comprehensive network management strategy to keep your infrastructure operating smoothly, conserve valuable resources, secure your information, recover rapidly from hardware failure or deliberates assaults, and allow you to scale or repurpose network hardware effectively and affordably as your company grows.

Progent can also help you to use network management applications to analyze and classify system data to enable traffic shaping, which permits you to configure Cisco routers to enforce different throughput constraints on certain types of activity based on the priorities you specify. By buffering and sorting excess packets that exceed your committed volume, and by assigning preference to the most important applications, traffic shaping can prevent Internet Service Provider overage penalties from spinning out of control and/or avoid gaps in productivity resulting from brute force enforcement of your network bandwidth restrictions during peak demand.

Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security consultants can assist you to develop an end-to-end security plan that encompasses your network management processes, and Progent's remote and on-premises support experts and Cisco CCIE-certified consultants can utilize advanced network monitoring and analysis tools to isolate and fix problems rapidly to keep your network productive.

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To contact Progent about consulting expertise for Cisco networking, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.

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