Cisco Prime NCS – A New Way of Managing “Access”

As mentioned in previous blogs regarding “enabling Bring Your Own device” or “New Ways of Working”, people will access the network  in more and more different and variable ways. Starting with Home Working in the morning, connecting on the road, working at a virtual desk in the office and returning to the home office. The end user is therefore continuously changing between VPN, LAN and WLAN. Within that changing scope, the user is connecting with corporate devices as well as own private devices.

And then suddenly the user cannot access the data he wants, and he calls the IT support and says : “I don’t have access – can you solve this ?”.

Today, IT support will need to dive into a myriad of management tools, connecting the LAN, WLAN, VPN and Security dots to find the cause of the problem. This is where NCS jumps in by delivering you that Unified Access View !!

With Cisco Prime Network Control System you can see every user in your network regardless of whether he is connected through a wire or wireless and get all the information you need for identity management. You also get complete visibility into endpoint connectivity ,no matter where or what that endpoint is and how it is connected.
As mentioned above, this speeds troubleshooting for the most reported customer pain point – network problems related to client devices.

Cisco Prime NCS also provides monitoring of endpoint security policy through integration with Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) to deliver visibility into compliance based on real-time contextual information from the network, users and devices across the entire wired and wireless access network.

Built on the WCS, Cisco Prime NCS includes complete lifecycle management of 802.11n and 802.11a/b/g, enterprise-class, indoor and outdoor wireless networks. You get immediate access to the tools you need, when you need them, so that you can more efficiently implement and maintain secure wireless LANs, monitor wired and wireless LANs, and view users and endpoints across both networks – all from a centralized location.
Operational costs are significantly reduced as well through the platform’s workflow-oriented, simplified, and intuitive user experience. Unlike overlay management tools, Cisco NCS incorporates the full breadth of management requirements – from radio frequency, to controllers, switches, endpoints, and users on wired and wireless networks, and to mobility and identity services.

For an nice overview , have a look at below video:

Still having doubts ?
Well the best way to be sure is to test Cisco Prime NCS
Demo licenses are available and should be issued within 15-minutes. Remember, you need your own server (VMware ESX and ESXi) to install the .ova:
https://tools.cisco.com/SWIFT/Licensing/PrivateRegistrationServlet?FormId=3999

For more information, please visit: www.cisco.com/go/ncs

Lennert

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