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NetFlow: Verizon Wireless to Enhance Bandwidth Management Capacity with API Next Year


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November 02, 2011

NetFlow: Verizon Wireless to Enhance Bandwidth Management Capacity with API Next Year

By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor

It seems as if Verizon (News - Alert) Wireless is hopping on the bandwidth management wagon, as the company has released plans for an API that will enable customers to increase their bandwidth performance. The company is making this move in hopes to drive revenue, as the increase in bandwidth management capacity will not be free. 

Hugh Fletcher, associate director for technology at Verizon, stated in a Fierce Broadband Wireless piece that the company will enable customers utilizing the app to add more bandwidth for the app if network congestion happens to slow it down, in real-time.

"I think one of the things that you could do is guaranteed quality of service," Fletcher said in a statement. "One of the things that we are right now is very democratic in terms of allocating spectrum and bandwidth to users. And just because you request a high quality of service doesn't mean you're going to get it. [The network] will try to give it to you, but if there's a lot of congestion, a lot of people using it, it won't kick people off... I think you could anticipate that maybe you'll have a Skype (News - Alert) call that starts going bad," Fletcher said. "Wouldn't you like to be able to hit the turbo button and have that come back up to be a good call?"

The app is slated to be released on the market by the third quarter of 2012.

In other industry news, Plixer International (News - Alert) powers NetFlow which is a solution that can easily show which systems in an organization’s infrastructure are communicating well and which ones are causing traffic that are overtaking the network.  

Through implementing NetFlow into business operations, businesses can gain access to the details needed to truly visualize how data is flowing between systems, track which systems are talking to which other systems, track which hosts, applications and protocols are using the most network traffic and simply monitor the volume generated by each device to detect network problems right when they began and then remedy them before they could negatively affect the network.

Jamie Epstein is a TMCnet Web Editor. Previously she interned at News 12 Long Island as a reporter's assistant. After working as an administrative assistant for a year, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web editor for TMCnet. Jamie grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting from Five Towns College. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin

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