Network management platforms help companies to implement infrastructure effectively, look up client information quickly, track system operation, troubleshoot problems, defend against and respond to threats, and optimize responsiveness. Network management tools can help detect inefficient or improper uses of network resources like streaming media or peer-to-peer file sharing that can waste bandwidth, reduce worker output or enable data leakage. A well planned network management solution can also assist companies to make informed capacity planning moves by surfacing tendencies in resource usage for various periods or types of activities.
Cisco has developed a diverse and expanding catalog of network management platforms that support centralized management for local, cloud-based, or hybrid network models. With Cisco's later generation of security, switching, and wireless infrastructure products, you can choose among Meraki, Cisco DNA Center, or CLI management platforms for network management. For example, you can interface the latest Catalyst or Meraki switches and Catalyst or Meraki Wi-Fi access points to the Meraki dashboard to monitor and manage vital layers of your corporate infrastructure from the cloud. Progent's Cisco Catalyst Wi-Fi AP consulting experts, Cisco Meraki WiFi AP consulting experts, Catalyst switches integration experts, and Cisco Meraki switches experts can help your organization to plan, deploy and optimize an up-to-date environment for network management.
Traditional Network Management Platforms from Cisco and Others
A wealth of network management tools from Cisco and other vendors highlights the value and complexity of supporting IT infrastructure. Progent's Cisco-certified network management engineers are experienced at assisting businesses develop management strategies utilizing on Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Syslog, and Cisco NetFlow to create effective tools for understanding network utilization and network latency, monitoring important router and switch performance characteristics, and recognizing traffic patterns, applications, and devices utilizing available services.
Progent can help businesses to utilize a rich range of free and license-based management utilities to manage Cisco infrastructure. Tools used by Progent's engineers include MRTG, Cacti, Nagios, Cisco Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager, Cisco Monitor Manager, Cisco Network Assistant, Cisco Security Manager, OpenView, Wireshark/Ethereal, Concord E-Health, Adventnet Netflow, Big Brother, and Necordia NetMRI.
Network management tools can help IT administrators to understand current network usage and effectively plan for downstream traffic expansion. Network management utilities can also be deployed to detect inefficient or inappropriate uses of system resources, such as streaming multimedia, peer-to-peer file sharing, etc. that can eat up valuable or scarce network bandwidth. An efficiently designed network management solution can also enable companies to arrive at informed decisions on WAN and LAN enhancements once they recognize the amount of system resources really needed at any one time.
Putting an efficient network management platform in operation beforehand is critical to avoid severe problems that can be caused by Denial Of Service attacks and dangerous viruses. Such assaults can leave the network unusable and in the absence of appropriate utilities it can be difficult, if not practically impossible, to identify the source of the trouble.
Network Management Products from Cisco
Cisco has developed an assortment of powerful utilities that should be the basis for any network management solution. Utilized in conjunction with the top outside vendor products, Cisco's network management software can improve the competitive value of networks for organizations of all sizes by addressing important areas such as system utilization, performance, resilience, security, repair, and scalability. Cisco's top network management products include:
Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) is a web Java applet that permits you set up and operate the management utilities on network devices. Adaptive Security Device Manager is loaded by the adaptive security appliance, and enables you to set up, monitor, and control the device.
Monitor Manager is a management and monitoring solution designed for the requirements of small and medium-sized businesses. Cisco Monitor Manager actively scans key appliance parameters on voice/data networks serving five to 250 users and equipped with up to 250 Cisco Unified IP phones. Cisco Monitor Manager provides:
Cisco Network Assistant is a desktop-hosted management tool designed for for LANs and WLANS for expanding companies with as many as 40 Cisco switches and routers. By running Cisco's Smartports mechanism, the application simplifies configuration, deployment, and continuing administration and support of Cisco networks. It offers a centralized system view and permits network managers to employ its functions across Cisco switches, routers, and wireless access points.
Cisco Security Manager is a highly functional but simple to operate solution for managing all aspects of device configuration and policies for Cisco PIX and ASA security appliances, VPNs, and Intrusion Prevention Systems. Cisco Security Manager effectively manages even small environments with no more than than ten devices, but also expands to control enterprise systems with thousands of routers, switches, and firewalls. Expansion is achieved via smart policy-driven management procedures that can simplify administration. Highlights of Security Manager are:
Progent can also help you to utilize network management applications to analyze and categorize system data to enable traffic shaping, which allows you to configure routers to impose different throughput constraints on designated classes of activity according to the priorities you specify. By storing and sorting data packets above your committed volume, and by assigning priority to critical applications, traffic shaping can prevent Internet Service Provider excess usage charges from spinning out of reach and/or avoid gaps in productivity resulting from brute force policing of your network bandwidth limits during peak demand.
Progent's CISM and CISSP security professionals can help you to develop a comprehensive security plan that incorporates your network management processes, and Progent's remote and in person support experts and Cisco CCIE-certified engineers can utilize the latest network management technology to identify and repair problems quickly to keep your IT system running smoothly.
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