Procera enables educational institutions to manage network congestion effectively with market-proven intelligent policy enforcement solutions.
Network Congestion Management
With traffic increasing 50% year-over-year, residential campus networks are subject to significant stresses. Moreover, that traffic is extremely elastic, varying by day, time of day, and even the season. At peak times, network congestion can negatively affect quality of experience (QoE) for network users—especially when bandwidth-hungry applications are in wide use. Adding costly bandwidth is not an option for many institutions. Instead, they must find ways to manage congestion to ensure fair usage, while maintaining user satisfaction.
How can education institutions manage congestion in their networks more effectively? They need solutions that enable them to:
- Prioritize and manage network traffic based on traffic volume and criticality of applications
- Adapt to continuously changing traffic conditions, ensuring fair usage for all campus network users
The Procera Solution
Procera enables education institutions to implement network congestion management with real-time Intelligent Policy Enforcement (IPE) solutions that provide three key use cases:
- Awareness of traffic conditions across the campus network. Our SmartCampus solution provides user-level visibility of QoE for specific applications and devices, in real time at multiple levels of the network infrastructure.
- Traffic Management to prioritize active, mission-critical traffic at peak congestion periods and times. Our SmartCampus solution provides intelligent traffic management with policy-based enforcement of traffic rules for each traffic type, in accordance with QoS and fair usage policies.
- Flexibility to adapt to achieve a range of desired outcomes. Our SmartCampus system enables management of applications, to allow access while preventing abuse. Policies can be applied to specific users, allowing provision of “premium” services with higher bandwidth limits. All traffic management policies can be strictly enforced or nested to allow “borrowing” of capacity from other rules.
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