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Application-aware networking

Application-aware networking definition

Application-aware networking (AAN) is an approach where the network recognizes and adapts to the requirements of the applications using it. It can adjust its performance, such as speed, bandwidth, and priority, based on what the applications need at any given time.

See also: bandwidth, network traffic analysis, software-defined networking, network function virtualization

How application-aware networking works

  1. 1.The network identifies the type of application traffic (like video calls or web browsing) and figures out what it needs in terms of bandwidth, latency, and other parameters.
  2. 2.The network adjusts its settings to fit these needs. For example, it may give more bandwidth to a video call and less to data transfers running in the background.
  3. 3.AAN makes sure that critical applications are first to get the necessary resources.
  4. 4.The network keeps checking what each application needs and adjusts its settings as those needs change.

Uses of application-aware networking

  • Corporate networks. Businesses use AAN to make sure critical applications work well even when the network is congested.
  • Data centers. AAN helps manage traffic flow, ensuring high-priority applications get the resources they need.
  • Telecommunications networks. Telecom providers use AAN to deliver better service, like making sure videos stream smoothly during peak hours.
  • Cloud services. Cloud providers use AAN to ensure that each client's applications run efficiently.
  • Internet service providers (ISPs). ISPs may use AAN to control network speed and performance, especially when lots of people are online.