The consistency of bandwidth capacity is key factor affecting the performance of web application delivery, particularly time-sensitive applications such as VoIP and multimedia. Read this practical explanation of why quality service matters.
In the digital era, consumers have more choice than was ever imagined a little over a decade ago. The well-worn phrase, 'competition is only a click away', defines the sentiment that reinforces the expectation of both consumer and supplier alike.
For those who have had the privilege of driving in London you will be only too aware that traffic moves at a snail's pace throughout the day and then slows down during rush hours. Traffic demand that exceeds the capacity of extremely narrow roads delivers the expected result of frustratingly long delays.
What is Net Neutrality? In simple terms it is the principle that all Internet users are equal and there are no restrictions imposed by Internet service providers on user's content, on the publisher or the content, on the usage of the content or performance of the flow of content.
Every time an advertisement for an Internet Service provider appears in the media, the focus is to aggressively extol the virtues of 'so many' megabits per second. These advertisements are designed to increase sales, playing to the Internet users obsession with 'speed'.
• MySpeed® bandwidth throughput and connection quality measurement.
• MyRoute network route testing for latency, packet loss, peering point identification and geo-location analysis.
• MyVoIP VoIP pre-qualification and network assessment testing, measures UDP jitter and packet loss, supports standard and custom CODECs.
• MyVideo streaming video quality testing to measure jitter impact from TCP data recovery events.
• MyIPTV TV-over-IP and videoconferencing quality testing, measures UDP jitter and packet loss, supports standard and custom CODECs.
• MyFirewall - test client connections for access to application ports to determine if firewall policies are restricting application services.
• MyCapacity UDP speed test, max throughput analysis without inherent TCP window limitations for pre-qualification, network provisioning, benchmarking and capacity testing.
• MyHiSpeed - test high bandwidth fiber connections from 100Mbps to gigabit speeds over latencies up to 60 milliseconds (requires MySpeed module).
• MCS Monitor - continuously monitor critical network services such as HTTP, FTP, DNS, SNMP, SIP and port availability, monitor critical devices/systems for response time and availability.
Network Test Modules are selected in MCS when the license key is applied. The Modules include unlimited browser-based tests (does not apply to MCS Monitor)
Automated Network Testing option includes:
• Concurrent Agent Tests (CAT): Remote Agents automate connecting testing from Windows/Mac/Linux PCs or MCS Access Series appliances. The '5 CAT' option allows up to 5 active agent tests at a time (or 10 active agent tests for the '10 CAT' option), unlimited Remote Agents may be created and deployed. CAT uses include:
• pre-qualification of connections with automated testing over extended periods
• resolution of customer problems in a support managed environment
• identification of congestion, regulation patterns over an extended timeline
• a baseline profile of connection performance
• Alert Advisor, get instant alerts of poor connection quality.
• Satellite Servers, unlimited Satellite Servers can be deployed as remote testing servers for Remote Agents, Satellite Servers establish additional connection testing points at the application edge to accurately test actual application network paths.
SQL Database API, automatically export MCS test results to an external MySQL or SQL Server database.