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Traffic Shaping

Traffic Shaping:

Traffic shaping (also known as "packet shaping" or ITMPs: Internet Traffic Management Practices) is a computer network traffic management technique which delays some or all datagrams to bring them into compliance with a desired traffic profile.Traffic shaping is a form of rate limiting. Traffic shaping is used to optimize or guarantee performance, improve latency, and/or increase usable bandwidth for some kinds of packets by delaying other kinds of packets that meet certain criteria.

Traffic shaping provides a means to control the volume of traffic being sent into a network in a specified period (bandwidth throttling), or the maximum rate at which the traffic is sent (rate limiting), or more complex criteria such as GCRA.  (Source Wikipedia)

Does lack of Net neutrality destroy the benefits of network monitoring?


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What is Net Neutrality? In simple terms it is the principle that all Internet users are equal and there are no restrictions imposed by Internet service providers on user's content, on the publisher or the content, on the usage of the content or performance of the flow of content. I have often used the similarities of road traffic to ...   read more

Is Network Traffic Monitoring Failing – Customer Complaints Remain Number 1 Problem


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Despite network monitoring tools consuming hundreds and millions of corporate dollars, customer complaints for poor service are at an all-time high consuming even more of the corporate budget. To understand why network monitoring fails in its objective, it is first necessary to examine how the use of networks has transitioned in the last ten to fifteen years. Network traffic patterns have dramatically changed. With few exceptions, the early years of the internet were drive ...   read more

London Olympics traffic light policy changes exposes identical problems for Internet traffic


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For those who have had the privilege of driving in London you will be only too aware that traffic moves at a snail’s pace throughout the day and then slows down during rush hours.  Traffic demand that exceeds the capacity of extremely narrow roads delivers the expected result of frustratingly long delays.  If one must drive into London to meet at an appointed time, the traveler would be well advised to plan the journey with time to spare or plan on missing it. F ...   read more

Network Monitoring- Why we need it, and why it doesn't work


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One of the first things the network manager of an enterprise will do, if it hasn't been done already, is implement a network monitoring system. Considered an essential part of the network, much time, money and effort is put into deploying and maintaining a monitoring system, and even more time, money and effort into interpreting the results. For a large enterprise, costs can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, though fortunately for the purveyors of network monitoring syst ...   read more

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