Home Resource Center Glossary Application Bandwidth Management

Application Bandwidth Management consists of a set of Quality of Service (QoS) tools used to handle and prioritize data traffic by application type. In doing so, bandwidth-intensive applications, such as peer-to-peer applications (for example, BitTorrent), can be prevented from crowding out legitimate business traffic.

Advanced bandwidth management solutions maximize an enterprise's available bandwidth by inspecting and classifying the traffic generated by common business applications based on granular policies, ensuring that the most critical network traffic receives the highest priority across WAN links.

Solutions provide automatic application protocol classification and comprehensive policies and traffic controls such as rate shaping, rate limiting, selective dropping and priority marking.

Other methods of managing the bandwidth available to user applications include:

  • Application Protocol Classification - Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) techniques enable management devices to identify application protocols - even when those applications may use deceptive port-hopping, port-tunneling, and encryption techniques to avoid detection. 
  • Innovative User-Based QoS Policies - Allocate bandwidth and network application access transparently to users based solely on their user IDs or using traditional QoS policies (based on Layer 3-7 traffic classification). 
  • Bandwidth Utilization Reports - Bandwidth utilization reports quickly identify top protocols, and find users that are consuming too much bandwidth.