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October 2011 Vol. 2, No. 5

Where is the real session-based application-aware routing?

By Michael J. Martin Today, application-aware traffic management technology falls far short of what it must really offer. What we need is session-based application-aware routing – or the ability to granularly control multiple applications on multiple paths simultaneously. But that is only partially available from vendors today. Now more than ever it is time for real application-aware networking to emerge. What is session-based application-aware routing? Session-based application-aware routing would enable you to maintain symmetric application session flows operating within a bandwidth or service-level contract in a multi-path network with the ability to move application traffic between paths when necessary. That way, you could have multiple network links, each with its own operating heuristics, but you could manage application traffic so that overflow from one link could be moved to another link without affecting sessions or users on the first link. Are your vendors dodging your questions? Fast Packet blogger Jennifer Huber ...

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