Network management tools help organizations deploy infrastructure efficiently, access client information quickly, monitor system health, troubleshoot problems, defend against and respond to cyber attacks, and optimize performance. Network management systems can help detect inefficient or inappropriate uses of network services such as streaming multimedia or peer-to-peer file sharing that can waste bandwidth, reduce worker productivity or enable data leaks. A well crafted network management solution can also help organizations make smart capacity planning decisions by showing trends in resource demand for various times or activities.
Cisco offers a rich and expanding portfolio of network management solutions that support unified management for on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid network models. With Cisco's newer generation of security, switching, and Wi-Fi infrastructure products, 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 WiFi 6/6E hardware to the Meraki dashboard to manage vital layers of your corporate infrastructure from the cloud. Progent's Catalyst WiFi Access Point consultants, Meraki WiFi AP experts, Catalyst switches consultants, and Meraki switches experts can help you plan, deploy and optimize a modern solution for network infrastructure management.
Legacy Network Management Tools from Cisco and Others
A long history of network management tools from Cisco and other vendors underscores the importance and difficulty of supporting IT infrastructure. Progent's Cisco-certified network management engineers are experienced at assisting businesses design management strategies utilizing on Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), SYSLOG services, and Cisco IOS NetFlow to build effective tools for tracking network bandwidth usage and network latency, viewing important router and switch operational characteristics, and identifying traffic profiles, applications, and appliances that use network services.
Progent can help customers to deploy a rich selection of free and proprietary monitoring and management utilities to manage a Cisco network. Utilities familiar to Progent's engineers include MRTG, Cacti, Nagios, Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM), Cisco Network Assistant, CiscoWorks, Cisco Security Manager, OpenView, Concord E-Health, AlterPoint DeviceAuthority, Adventnet Netflow and Firewall Analyzer, Big Brother, and NetMRI.
Putting an effective network management system in operation beforehand is critical to prevent major disruptions that can follow Denial Of Service attacks and dangerous viruses. These assaults can leave the network unusable and without appropriate tools it can be difficult, if not practically impossible, to find the source of the problem.
Cisco offers a variety of effective utilities that should be the foundation for any network management strategy. Used in combination with the top outside vendor products, Cisco's network management software can enhance the business value of network infrastructures for companies of any size by dealing with important areas such as resource utilization, throughput, resilience, protection, repair, and scalability. Cisco's most popular network management tools include:
Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager is a browser-based Java applet that permits you configure and monitor the management utilities built into network appliances. Adaptive Security Device Manager is loaded by the adaptive security appliance, and enables you to set up, monitor, and manage the device.
Monitor Manager is a management application designed to meet the needs of small and midsize businesses. Cisco Monitor Manager actively scans important appliance parameters on voice and data environments serving five to 250 users and equipped with as many as 250 VoIP phones. Cisco Monitor Manager provides:
Network Assistant is a PC-hosted management application designed for for LANs and WLANS for growing businesses with as many as 40 switches and routers. By using Smartports technology, Cisco Network Assistant streamlines configuration, installation, and ongoing administration and support of Cisco-based networks. The application offers a unified system view and allows IT administrators to employ its functions across switches, routers, and WAPs.
Security Manager is a highly functional but easy-to-use application for managing all facets of device set up and policies for PIX and ASA firewalls, virtual private networks (VPNs), and Intrusion Prevention Systems. Security Manager efficiently handles even small environments consisting of no more than than ten appliances, but also expands to manage enterprise systems with thousands of devices. Expansion is achieved via intelligent policy-based control procedures that can simplify administration. Key features of Security Manager include:
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist Your Business with Network Management Solutions
Progent's Cisco-certified network management engineers can help you to utilize Cisco's network management utilities in combination with a variety of powerful open source and proprietary applications to create a comprehensive management toolkit to keep your infrastructure functioning dependably, conserve expensive resources, secure your data, recover quickly from hardware failure or deliberates assaults, and enable you to scale or reassign network resources intelligently and affordably as your business evolves.
Progent can also assist you to use network management utilities to analyze and classify network data to implement traffic shaping, which permits you to configure Cisco routers to impose different throughput restrictions on certain types of activity according to the importance you specify. By storing and queuing data packets above your contracted volume, and by assigning preference to the most important applications, traffic shaping can keep service provider excess usage penalties from spiraling out of reach and/or avoid gaps in productivity caused by brute force enforcement of your network bandwidth restrictions during periods of heavy use.
Progent's CISA and ISSAP security consultants can assist you to develop a comprehensive security plan that incorporates your network management processes, and Progent's remote and on-premises network experts and Cisco CCIE and CNA qualified engineers can use the latest network management technology to isolate and remediate trouble rapidly to keep your network productive.
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