Part 3 of 3

Through an extensive signature library, nearly all aspects and types of unified communications traffic can be distinguished. Whether voice, video or application sharing, network designers can now provide quality of service (QoS) policies to match the requirements for that traffic.

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But many treat the configuration and deployment of QoS policies like a black art from an ancient culture. With over 12 years of experience designing networks in this realm, Exinda believes it shouldn’t be so difficult. Toward that end, we provide one of the most extensive QoS implementations in the industry, and truly believe that the best policy is a simple one. Which is why we have a family of adaptive policies that can be set for support of an application and then adjusted as new users use the identified application.

The static policies implemented by many competitive offers for this same purpose require fixed resource allocations for relevant applications. This ensures that capacities are not flexibly applied and that bandwidth is wasted. Also, as devices come on and off the network, capacity can become stranded in allocations that are no longer needed, thereby limiting efficacy.

Adaptive policies on the other hand, adjust bandwidth usage based on a variety of characteristics. These include, but are not limited to, committed and burst bandwidths per application and per user. This enables a flexible configuration that allows all users exercising a certain delay-sensitive application access to minimum and maximum bandwidths as well as priority treatment. This kind of policy is exactly what is needed to make unified communications traffic, such as Skype for Business, operate with the priority it needs and the underlying resources and bandwidth it requires. Meanwhile, such a flexible policy, ensures that no resources go to waste. So, other applications are not harmed or starved when resources are available and priorities dictate it as so.

Which is why we find the tedious discussions about all the configuration required in competitive solutions a bit confounding. Fixed policies are both inflexible and inadequate for support of these new emerging applications which by their very definition demand adaptive treatment.

And policies that implement an adaptive nature are exactly what is required.

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