Traffic shaping

Turn powerful visibility into traffic shaping and application control for all your networks, and ensure the best possible user experience

See deeply into your network traffic

Get real-time visibility into all your traffic with deep packet inspection (DPI) traffic classification by applications and Active Directory integration.

Turn visibility into control

Use our cloud-based portal to easily set traffic shaping policies, prioritize critical services, control recreational applications, and improve network performance.

Gain rapid time to value

Realize productivity benefits fast, with non-intrusive L2 probes offering flexible footprints for branch, data center, and cloud environments.

“Sinefa’s solution is incredibly easy to install and easy to use...we can proactively monitor performance, shape bandwidth where required, and make fast, informed decisions to support the business.”

Thoshan Ruberu, Head of Architecture, Security and Governance at 7-Eleven Stores

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Go beyond basic QoS

Traffic shaping is a valuable quality of service and traffic management capability. However, many entry-level branch routers and SD-WAN devices only deliver limited QoS functionality that can't reliably deliver strong application performance and user experience.

Sinefa offers powerful traffic shaping that performs accurate per-application queuing and allocation for superior bandwidth management.

Now, you can ensure business-critical and sensitive applications receive priority treatment, even when networks get congested.

Power without complexity

Traditional traffic shaping often features highly complex configurations for QoS policies. Sinefa's traffic shaping is easy to configure and deploy across your entire enterprise from a SaaS web portal. Pick out automatically classified applications, set simple percentages for configured rate and burst size, and ensure bandwidth percentage allocations across all your locations in seconds.

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If you need more sophisticated policies, enable advanced features such as time of day and Active Directory membership.

Sinefa supports all the traffic shaping capabilities you need. Designate available bandwidth to network segments defined by VLANs, subnets, or groups of discontinuous IP addresses. Apply a global traffic shaping policy, or a separate policy to each segment.

Unlike routers or firewalls, Sinefa traffic shaping works at Layer 2, so deploying probes is non-intrusive and requires no changes to routing or security schemes. Sinefa probes support Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) and Ethernet bypass.

Reliable performance without hardware bloat

Traditional traffic shaping solutions attempt to fit Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) traffic classification, shaping, data storage, analytics, and web portal UI rendering all within on-premises appliances. Even on very high-cost appliances, as traffic flows scale up, those processes contend for limited resources, resulting in poor and unreliable performance.

Sinefa has solved this performance challenge by processing, storing, and presenting all analytics data in a scale-out cloud-based back-end. As a result, our probes can deliver reliable, high performance at full line rates (1-100Gbps), at a much lower cost than traditional traffic shaping solutions. You get this functionality while also gaining full digital experience monitoring visibility that measures application performance metrics, scores user experience, and provides endpoint, network traffic, and synthetic monitoring insights.

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See beyond your borders with network path monitoring

In today's cloud-centric and Internet-dependent world, you rely on many networks that you don't own or control. You can't collect network traffic from your ISP or SaaS provider's routers, so traditional traffic monitoring and shaping solutions leave you blind in the cloud.  You need a different way to understand network impacts outside of the four walls of your enterprise.

That's why Sinefa offers synthetic network path monitoring that gives you end-to-end and hop-by-hop insights into network performance, including loss, latency and jitter. Network path monitoring tests run every five minutes from the same probes that deliver traffic visibility and shaping. Every Sinefa customer gets 3 network path monitoring tests for free and it's easy and cost-effective to expand.

Modern visibility, modern traffic shaping

Quality of service is a crucial aspect of network traffic management that ensures that networks can deliver business applications with high performance and positive user experience. QoS techniques include traffic policing to drop traffic that exceeds preset bandwidth limits (e.g., committed information rates), and traffic shaping to ensure an allocated amount of network bandwidth to various types of traffic and higher priority to business-critical apps.

Traffic shaping (also called packet shaping) is useful for allocating limited available bandwidth from WAN links or Internet service providers. Traffic shapers prioritize network resources for different types of applications. For example, latency-sensitive applications, such as voice over IP (VoIP), can be prioritized to protect them from disruption due to packet loss and jitter. Traffic shaping utilizes queuing, buffering, and time interval-based rate-limiting to smooth the egress of outbound network interface traffic.

QoS and traffic shaping aren't new. In the early days of the Internet, congestion avoidance techniques such as weighted random early detection (WRED) were designed to enable traffic policing while avoiding TCP performance disruptions. IP supports QoS on via Differentiated Service Code Points (dscp) marking in data packet headers. Cisco supported shaping via a token bucket concept and configuration into their policy-maps, while firewall vendors added traffic shaping to take advantage of their built-in DPI classification.

Modern visibility and shaping focused on user experience

Traditional network performance visibility and shaping approaches have been outstripped by modern IT environments, and need to evolve. Application performance depends increasingly on networks outside of IT controls, so just looking at traffic on internal networks isn't enough to assure user experience. Traditional shaping has been trapped in pre-cloud architectures that limit performance and create needless complexity for network managers.

Today, the focus for IT is no longer the status of infrastructure, but on delivering digital experience and application performance to end-users.

With Sinefa, user experience comes first. Sinefa offers modern Digital Experience Monitoring (DEM) that includes deep traffic visibility, external network visibility through synthetic network path monitoring, and visibility from endpoint devices. Sinefa gives you easy to use insights into the full service delivery chain from end-users to every application (internal or SaaS) across any network, including the Internet. Sinefa has also modernized traffic shaping by utilizing a scale-out cloud back-end for analytics and control, making it possible to deliver simple to deploy but powerful traffic management at any scale your business needs.

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