A Converged Cisco Network – For Good Reason
If you're running a converged Cisco network, chances are you face some difficulties with Cisco network monitoring.
During the build-out of your network, it’s not like you were automatically all-in on Cisco’s offerings. Each time your organization needed to upgrade, expand, or buy entirely new technology for its network environment, you and your team had the top three or four vendors submit bids. Your group conducted thorough and fair evaluations, and ran POCs, and had lots of discussions with SEs. But Cisco always won hands-down.
Then, as technology advanced, it made sense for organizations to wrap their data communications, phone, and video services into a single, converged network provided mostly by one vendor. For your network convergence project, you and your team followed the playbook. You again brought in top vendors, sat through demos, did the evals and POCs. And once again, Cisco came out on top.
That’s why your organization now has a converged Cisco network that you and your team are responsible for operating. The truth is, given its capabilities, performance, and reliability, you wouldn’t have it any other way.
There is, however, one issue that you would love to resolve. It’s the difficulties you face with Cisco network monitoring.
The Cisco Network Monitoring Challenge
Despite it being what’s considered a single system, your converged Cisco network is actually comprised of many different systems, most of which have fundamentally different technologies. This disparate collection of Cisco monitoring tools makes it difficult to monitor the overall health of your entire network.
As a result, you and your team spend too much time cobbling together alerts and other intel from different systems. You’re constantly struggling to get the end-to-end picture of what’s going on across your network which makes finding and fixing issues much more difficult than it should be.
Many IT and NetOps pros refer to this as ‘swivel-chair monitoring’. The term perfectly describes the unfortunate NOC staffers who need to continually spin around in their chairs to see all the different consoles they need to watch.
Following are some of the bigger pieces you’ve likely deployed within your converged Cisco network. Together, these and other pieces form a single, tightly coupled network of physical and virtual technologies which need to be monitored as single system:
- Cisco ACI and UCS – Cisco ACI leverages SDN to bring automated virtualization, smoother network scaling, policy-driven provisioning, and lower operating costs to your data centers. Cisco UCS brings together the compute, storage, and management resources needed to handle your data communications, phone, and video needs. Together, these Cisco solutions create a tightly coupled environment that reduces data center complexity and costs while increasing the infrastructure’s flexibility, scalability, and manageability.
- Cisco Wi-Fi Gear – The importance of your Wi-Fi deployment has grown over the years, and it today likely serves as the primary access point for your network. From the wireless devices connecting at the edge, into the wireless infrastructure, throughout your sites, and into the network core, you rely on Cisco Wi-Fi controllers and other Wi-Fi products to enable this critical service.
- Campus Network – The crown jewel in your environment is your campus network. It’s the LAN or LANs that connects your operations within a defined geographic area, like the grouping of buildings at your headquarters, for example. Since your organization owns and controls it, your campus network is designed to be as fast and reliable as possible. That’s why there’s a lot of Cisco routers and switches deployed in it. You’re monitoring those resources using SNMP, but you’re dealing with several different versions of that protocol. Plus, there are all those SNMP MIBs to worry about. That leaves you needing better SNMP manageability in your campus network.
- Cisco SD-WAN (Viptela) – No organization stays the same, and yours certainly hasn’t. You’ve opened new offices, closed old ones close, and maybe have had even bigger changes by way of a merger or acquisition. All of it needs to be covered by your WAN infrastructure, but doing that with MPLS links doesn’t give you the flexibility you need, and then there’s the costs. That’s why you’ve gone with Cisco SD-WAN/Viptela. Going the software-defined route, your organization has a much more agile, cost-effective and scalable way to extend WAN connectivity to wherever it's needed. But monitoring software-defined anything is tricky, and that holds true for Cisco SD-WAN.
Converged Network Monitoring Done Right
You no longer need to look at five, six, or maybe a dozen different Cisco monitoring consoles to assess how well your entire network and each of its segments are performing. There’s a smart and effective way for you to get your arms around all of your deployed Cisco networking resources. That solution is the SevOne Network Data Platform.
The SevOne Network Data Platform monitors the performance of converged Cisco infrastructures, to give you a consolidated performance dashboard. That’s right – in one ‘single pane of glass’ it shows you everything. That includes the performance status of your Cisco ACI and UCS, Wi-Fi, campus network, SD-WAN and more.
Enhance the Performance of Your Converged Network Today
Your organization has invested significant amounts of money in your converged Cisco network. And you and your colleagues have dedicated much of your time and energy to deploy all those resources properly. Now it’s time to really tie it all together to maximize the performance and value your Cisco environment delivers. The SevOne Network Data Platform puts you in position to do that.
If you’d like to learn more about how the SevOne Network Data Platform can enable you to instantly spot, analyze, and fix any performance issue in your converged Cisco network, request a demo by Clicking Here.