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For the vast majority of businesses, one day without internet access is a fully committed work day. This feature is essential for connecting to cloud services and files, messaging and e-mail, shopping, sales, payments, videoconferencing, and many other activities that are part of an organization’s routine.
For this reason, maintaining a proper experience with the use of the internet is so pursued by technology analysts. In this sense, it is not uncommon to verify situations where, through this type of problem, professionals take palliative actions, such as acquiring dedicated links from the Internet, increasing the number of circuits contracts or increasing their bandwidth.
However, it is important to make it clear that this type of attitude, without identifying the root cause of the problem, can minimize the situation for some time, but it is certainly not sustainable and can become an expensive road without the desired results.
The purpose of this blog post is to delve a little more into the concepts associated with QoS, having this feature as an option to improve the user experience with the use of the internet in corporate environments. Continue reading this content and promote significant changes in your structure with little investment.
How does QoS work?
QoSfunctions as a traffic moderator, which organizes the flow of data and assigns priority to the accesses that are most important. When there is no Quality of Service (QoS) service, all traffic sources compete with each other, causing not-so-good experiences for users.
In an organization, for example, traffic generated by the employee who wants to access the ERP of the cloud-hosted company, essential for the performance of their duties, competes with the traffic coming from another employee who is watching streaming videos. Thus, important and essential operations can be impaired due to the non-prioritization of the traffics generated by collaborators. It is at this moment that, due to a lack of analysis, unnecessary investments in infrastructure and internet resource are promoted.
In another article of our blog, we explain, in a more technical way, the operation of QoS, as highlighted below:
By using it, professionals can change the way network packets are routed to the internet, allowing existing resources to be used more efficiently. With QoS, these packages are marked to distinguish service types and routers are configured to create separate virtual queues for each application according to their priority.
Therefore, a band in the route may be reserved for certain types of sites or applications to have priority access. There are also other protocols and algorithms that can be used to improve the management of the internet resource, enhancing the experience obtained with the application of QoS.
This other article from our blogalso explains a bit more about the Quality of Service techniques that can be applied. The most common is that this type of solution is implemented in edge equipment, which interfaces the local network with the Internet, especially in UTM Firewalls.
In summary, the adoption of a QoSservice allows greater control over the network, facilitating the creation and application of specific rules to meet the needs of each business.
QoS: combining efficiency and economy
Because it is a software-based solution that is usually part of a UTM firewall, the QoS service is accessible and easy to apply by technology professionals who have an intermediate level of knowledge.
While the adoption of new links, or expansion, requires a greater investment, QoS can be implemented at a lower cost. So, the organization can minimize investments in links, choosing to change them only when it really is essential.
In addition to the low cost of deployment, a QoS service also generates other benefits that ensure more efficiency and savings:
- Improved user experience;
- More agile response time, according to the access priority;
- Easy management of internet resources by analysts and administrators;
- Ensuring that essential applications always have the necessary resources for their operation;
- Reduces the impact caused by traffic generated by non-work applications;
- Ensures greater employee productivity.
So before deciding on link purchases, consider adopting QoS features that can improve the management of data that travels across your network. A simple and practical solution like this can ensure more efficiency and success for your business.
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