6 Steps to a Winning QoS Deployment

Follow this 6-step workflow to guide your QoS deployments:
  1. Planning and buy-in - Understand the current and near future needs of your organization as a whole. Choose an appropriate QoS model and then get departmental buy-in before beginning.
  2. Investigation - Discover and document current and future network architecture.
  3. Design - Select a QoS model(s) for the traffic classes and define QoS policies for headquarters and campus LANs, WANs and branch offices, and VPNs.
  4. Proof of Concept (POC) - Test QoS policies and settings first in a non-production environment using real and synthetic traffic to generate controlled conditions.
  5. Iterative deployment cycle - Roll out QoS policies in a phased approach, either by sections of the network or by QoS functions. Confirm changes at each iteration for at least 24 hours before continuing to the next step.
  6. Ongoing monitoring and analysis - Perform ongoing monitoring and adjust the policies not just for average daily usage but also for monthly, quarterly, and yearly business cycles.
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