Application Prioritization

The EdgeXOS appliance supports several methods for prioritizing traffic, including session limiting (where only so many sessions are allowed per second), URL shaping (where traffic can be prioritized based on the destination), and application shaping (where the traffic can be prioritized based on a defined application classification).

Administrative Shaping

Real-time QoS

These methods for controlling bandwidth are called administrative shaping controls. They do not provide the granularity that policy-based shaping provides but do allow the administrator to set more general rules for which traffic is preferred and which traffic has lower important for the organization.

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Application Classification

The EdgeXOS includes a number of pre-defined applications from which to choose from Application Listing however the network administrator can also define their own applications based on:

  • Name
  • Protocol
  • Port (Source / Destination)
  • and String Identifier

Application Prioritization

Once define an application can be set to one of 5 levels of prioritization within the shaping engine. By changing the queuing for each level the EdgeXOS platform is able to effect application responsiveness and smooth packet streams.

URL Prioritization

Similar to application shaping the EdgeXOS is also able to prioritize bandwidth based on the destination URL. This is useful if end-users go to a specific website and/or SaaS service. It can also be used for prioritizing certain FTP sites, or for Citrix and RDP users. Simply define the remote URL/network and assign the level of priority.

Session Limiting

One of the many problems which peer-to-peer clients create is that when they start they launch many if not hundreds of sessions in order to speed up the download of recreation audio, video, and software files. These large session counts have the effect of slowing down networks. With session limiting enabled, peer-to-peer applications are limited to the number of sessions they can use, and this in turns ensures more equal distribution of bandwidth.