Policy-Based Shaping

The EdgeXOS appliance is one of the few bandwidth management appliances on the market that provides the level of granular shaping as our policy-based shaping rules provide.

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Granular, Custom Control

Using the policy-based shaping a network administrator can set specific and exact (down to 10Kbps) bandwidth usage rules. What this means is that the administrator has complete control to allocate bandwidth as they choose and guarantee that certain servers, end-users, applications get the bandwidth they need.

Bandwidth Groups & Policies

When creating a new policy, the first step is to initially define a bandwidth group to which the policy will be bound. Bandwidth groups can be defined based on shared or single group delegation. Within a group the administrator can set the Max Bandwidth, Min Bandwidth, and Burst Bandwidth for a given group. Additionally the administrator has the ability to also set the queuing rules for a specific group with up to 12 levels of priority.

Once a group is defined a policy must be assigned to the group. Policies can be defined using the following criteria:

  • Name
  • URL Address
  • IP Address / Network
  • Application Type
  • Port / Protocol
  • Source / Destination
  • Layer 7 String
  • QoS Level
  • and MAC

Each policy will automatically generate usage statistics which can also be used for end-user or department billing purposes.

Without The Edge Platform

Slow screen loads, delayed responsiveness, high latency. All characteristic is poor network performance. What are the costs involved when end-users can't access business-critical applications due to poor network performance?

Opportunity Costs

When a network is performing poorly how does that effect the bottom line? If sales transactions can not be submitted in a timely fashion or follow-ups can not done on time how does that translate to lost revenue?

Reduced Productivity

While end-users may try to be as productive as possible, when network slowdowns cause applications to become unresponsive there is not much that can get accomplished. How much time is wasted each day by end-users attempting to access a business-critical application, timing out do to traffic spikes, or getting screen refreshes so slow that multiple button clicks cause duplicate entries?

MPLS End-to-End QoS

When connecting to an MPLS network, packets coming in and out of the network must keep the Diffserv marking throughout the process or shaping could be lost as it enters or leaves the local network.