What is Bandwidth Management?

Bandwidth, otherwise known as data transfer rate, is essentially the amount of data which can be carried from one point of a network to another within a certain time period. While network bandwidth is generally expressed in bps (bits per second), networks today usually have speeds that measure in Mbps (megabits per second) and Gbps (gigabits per second). When you manage your bandwidth, you are measuring and controlling your networks traffic in an effort to avoid poor performance in specified areas.

What is Traffic Shaping?

Also known as bandwidth limiting or packet shaping, traffic shaping allows you to limit the bandwidth and speed available to specific data streams. There are a number of methods available to shape available bandwidth within your network which allows you to improve the performance of certain types of traffic over others, including:

Queuing - This allows you to place traffic into different queues. The queue will empty traffic in a specific order based on the preferences you set.
Allocation - This allows you to assign a certain amounts of bandwidth to different types of traffic, prioritizing them based on your needs.
Throttling - This allows you to slow specific types of traffic down by specifying a certain number of packets that are allowed to leave your network within a set time period, controlling the amount of bandwidth that is used.

Traffic shaping is an effective tool which allows you to easily assign bandwidth based on IP address, port, network, protocol or application.

What is Dynamic Traffic Shaping?

Employing dynamic bandwidth shaping allows you to adjust how different shaping methods are employed by monitoring the real-time status of traffic within your network. UBM appliances offered by XRoads Networks employs these unique dynamic bandwidth management features to allow users to easily adjust and monitor these shaping methods and network traffic. By continuously analyzing traffic flow, the network administrator can define a number of thresholds which allows the UBM appliances to make adjustments to shaping policies based on what the administrator’s parameters. This gives you the freedom to setup general traffic shaping rules and then let the UBM appliance automatically make adjustments to the bandwidth without having to intervene any further.

Does XRoads Networks Offer a Dynamic Bandwidth Management Platform?

There are many solutions available on today’s market that offer application filtering and bandwidth management, but not many which enable dynamic bandwidth management with scalable performance built-in. XRoads Networks’ EdgeXOS platform incorporates dynamic shaping, policy-based shaping, application throttling/filtering and built-in multi-WAN support, allowing you to guarantee bandwidth for critical applications such as VoIP and for simple bandwidth scalability. By ensuring that only mission critical applications are given bandwidth when it is being heavily consumed on your network, you will ensure that your business is operating efficiently. Technology built-in to the EdgeXOS platform automatically detects when the amount of bandwidth being used in your network could cause problems for core or critical applications. Once detected, a number of filtering and shaping modules will block specific application traffic that the network administrator has designated as low priority, allowing for bandwidth to be used in the applications you deem most important. When you need bandwidth management assistance to help your company thrive, contact the IT experts at XRoads Networks.