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Telstra brings configurable QoS to IP networks

Automated, elastic, policy-driven network controls coming real soon now

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Telstra has added user-configurable quality of service to its NextIP network and has even reached out to its Trademark lawyers to give it a flashy name: Application Assured Networking.

The new service, announced today, is in its infancy as promised online policy controls are not yet available.

For now, admins can “baseline, monitor and analyse application performance across your network, and view by virtual private network, site or user.”

In the future, the service will offer customers the chance to “… use the preconfigured templates to apply bandwidth priority, Quality of Service and service levels to the selected applications” or “… enable blocking policies to restrict unwanted applications on a site-by-site basis.” Automatic policy control tools, also available real soon nowTM, will ” … identify applications and apply your specified policies to them. Real-time, application-specific bandwidth bursting and shaping switches the application load as needed. Network resources will be available to help ensure a consistent service and user experience while changes are occurring.”

Once those services are up and running, Telstra promises it will become possible to prioritise traffic for different applications “to help assure delivery of the ones that count.”

A consultancy service will help customers to decipher traffic logs and recommend policies that will improve application performance.

Bandwidth bursting will also be available, with a promotional video promising the chance to increase available network capacity for the duration of a videoconference before scaling it back down at the virtual event’s conclusion.

The service also raises a significant question: given that it is driven by a web interface, might we now be able to add the acronym QoSaaS to the cloud lexicon? Now that's worth a trademarkTM. ®

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