Procera enables cloud service providers to manage network usage and shape network traffic effectively with market-proven intelligent policy enforcement solutions.
Cloud Network Usage Management
Traffic on cloud service networks cannot always be treated equally. Some types of traffic consume large amounts of bandwidth, and can negatively affect services. Network attacks can cause a massive degradation in network performance and block access to all traffic for subscribers. Left unchecked, some traffic types can create network congestion that affects all subscribers, especially during peak usage hours.
How can cloud service providers manage network usage more effectively? They need solutions that enable them to:
- Track usage patterns in detail, identifying subscribers, applications, devices, and times associated with the greatest bandwidth consumption
- Prioritize and manage available bandwidth to ensure high Quality of Experience (QoE) for all subscribers and real-time applications
The Procera Solution
Procera enables cloud service providers to optimize network usage management with real-time Intelligent Policy Enforcement (IPE) solutions that provide three key use cases:
- Awareness of network usage to a granular level. Our IPE solution provides real-time awareness of subscriber ID, service plan, bandwidth usage, device, location, application type, and more. Service providers can view subscriber or service usage on an hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly basis to spot critical trends.
- Control, of the applications that are allowed to run over the cloud infrastructure. In order to limit exposure to DDOS attacks and unnecessary bandwidth consumption, customers can limit what applications are allowed to run on their hosted service, and limit the connections and bandwidth for each application individually. The system also supports triggers for alerts when bandwidth or connection totals exceed preconfigured limits.
- Volume-based shaping, modifying available bandwidth in real time based on subscriber or application usage. Unlike competing solutions, Procera introduces the concept of a “sliding window” over a specified duration, shaping bandwidth according to a subscriber’s usage patterns over the specific duration. This helps eliminate network traffic peaks, while optimizing bandwidth availability for subscribers. It also enables very flexible fair usage policies that can scale to millions of active subscribers.
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