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Quality of Service

Network engineers should also consider the quality of service (QoS) and decide which applications and services deserve specific amounts of bandwidth. You’re prioritizing traffic to guarantee a high level of performance for specific mission-critical applications. Other non-essential (usually personal or recreational in nature) applications get a lower priority.

Traditionally, video and voice have topped the priority list, but as companies change the way they do business they should prioritize cloud-based services too, like Office 365 and Salesforce.com. You will need to decide which Internet-based applications and services drive the most value and assign those higher bandwidths. Turn to application monitoring tools to sort through all the data to make the right choices for your network and business.

Why it matters: QoS techniques help avoid unnecessary bandwidth upgrades by ensuring business-critical applications are not competing for valuable network resources. Moreover, QoS gives IT teams a way of aligning network and applications with business requirements, a critical component in providing a superior user experience.

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