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Network Management Workshop

Purpose

The purpose of this workshop is to help your organization better manage your network to support your business operations. When most networks were designed, they were configured to support basic connectivity (including dial-up), file and print sharing, basic email, simple web presence, and surviving Y2K. However, the modern network has evolved and it needs to support application delivery from multiple locations; corporate, hosting provider, remote offices, and service provider cloud. The network must support new demands for collaboration, real time information, and virtualized resources.

Virtualization is driving network transformation in the data center; need for carrier class network architecture. This includes ability to perform switch software upgrades without downtime. The primary network attributes that enable virtualization and migration to cloud computing include:

  • HA/Redundancy – failover protection
  • Scalability – VPLAN’s and MPLS VPN’s
  • Ability to map application on network for SLA enforcement.
  • Manageability

The network is mission critical to your business and 24/7 operation is a must. Does your network meet all your business’s computing needs? Below is summary of workshop process.

Process

We start by working with your team to gain an understanding of your current network management capabilities. Then we identify objectives, business requirements, and map out use cases. If necessary, we will evaluate your infrastructure and document your networks performance baseline and identify performance, obsolescence and capabilities gaps.

This evaluation includes:

  • Attachment of a laptop running the discovery software to the network
  • Configuration of the discovery application to use SNMP RO strings to discover and inventory Cisco and non-Cisco equipment
  • The software will discover the equipment, inventory it, access the equipment to determine the equipment profile, including the software version, model number, IP address, memory present, and various performance parameters.

Deliverables

Below are some of the deliverables:

  • Executive Summary Report
  • End of Life Hardware and Software Report
  • Best Practice Deviation Report
  • CPU Utilization report
  • Interface Availability Report
  • Cisco (IOS/CAT OS) and non-Cisco Equipment
  • And, other reports as required to meet workshop objectives
  • Underlying information for the reports, to allow additional analysis and planning
  • PowerPoint Presentation designed for the Executive level if necessary

These deliverables will be used to determine next steps for addressing any deficiencies or gaps in the areas where your network is not providing the most cost-effective benefit to your operations.