What is traffic shaping?

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.

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