Traffic Shaping :
- Traffic shaping is also known as “packet shaping“. It is the practice of regulating network data transfer to assure a certain level of performance, quality of service (QoS) or return on investment (ROI).
- It is the manipulation and prioritization of network traffic to reduce the impact of heavy users or machines from effecting other users.
- The practice involves delaying the flow of packets that have been designated as less important or less desired than those of prioritized traffic streams.
- Regulating the flow of packets into a network is known as “bandwidth throttling.”
- Regulation of the flow of packets out of a network is known as “rate limiting.”
- The benefits of traffic shaping includes the prioritization of business-critical over non-critical traffic and the creation of tiered service levels.