Traffic shaping is not a common ANIC feature but is very helpful in specific circumstances. Generally speaking, traffic shaping is a bandwidth management technique which delays some or all types of traffic in order to bring them into compliance with a desired traffic profile. It is typically used to manage latency (e.g. for voice or video), guarantee a certain level of performance (i.e. meet an SLA) or make room for certain critical traffic such as public safety.
The most common form of traffic shaping is applied to applications. The type of traffic being carried in a given packet is identified and then based on the desired policy the latency, performance or criticality of that traffic is assessed and acted upon. Traffic shaping is only applicable when deploying an ANIC adapter in inline mode where it interacts with live (as opposed to tapped) traffic.
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