Central Administration

By H. Peter Felgentreff  |  Posted 2010-04-06 Print this article Print

Central administration

Managing a network is a complicated task for administrators; networks are comprehensive and require a lot of attention and maintenance. As the workforce becomes more dependent on mobile devices such as PDAs, laptops and netbooks, the need for remote access becomes even greater.

However, managing all of the devices and users can be overwhelming. One way to ease this job is to run the administration and configuration through a centralized framework.

Under a central management system, one administrator can easily manage the network and the users who access it. Data is seamlessly imported from existing directory services such as Microsoft Active Directory or LDAP and applied to an individual's network address. This cuts time and cost down for companies, and eases mass rollouts, certificate administration and software distribution.

It also relieves the setup and maintenance of new employees. Changes with personnel and staff are resolved in real time and the work load on the network administration is lessened. It also provides the company with cost-saving opportunities.

H. Peter Felgentreff is President and CEO of NCP engineering, Inc. Peter has more than 20 years of experience in the enterprise security and software industries. Prior to joining NCP, Peter drove worldwide sales as vice president for Kerio Technologies. He has held similar leadership positions with many prominent security companies including ShieldIP, Zone Labs and Aladdin Knowledge Systems, Inc. He can be reached at peter.felgentreff@ncp-e.com.

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