WELCOME TO THE APPLICATION-AWARE NETWORK
Application-aware networks have the potential to fundamentally change the dynamics of our connected world in which we live; They promise to improve our experience of the internet, help drive innovation, enable life critical applications and improve the efficiency of our chronically bandwidth strapped networks. Once a dream of network designers, the Application-Aware Network is today a reality.
DRIVES LIFE-CRITICAL INNOVATIONs
A BETTER INTERNET EXPERIENCE
BOOSTS EFFICIENCY & PERFORMANCE
IT ALL STARTS AT HOME
Since the introduction of the personal home computer and the birth of the digital home, the idea of the application-aware networks has been on technologist's tongues.
The idea is simple and imminently practical. Since not all devices and applications have the same bandwidth requirements, wouldn't it be good if the network could differentiate them, and deliver bandwidth accordingly. Of course individual devices or applications may contain information about their requirements, we've all had the experience of insufficient bandwidth for a given application especially for high-definition on demand video from services like Netflix.
A NEW PARADIGM FOR NETWORK TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT
What if you could differentiate the bandwidth needs of every device in the household and deliver a perfect experience for that application every time? What if you could always reserve the minimum required bandwidth for "always on" applications like smart appliances in the Internet of Things, and even wearable health devices? What if you could better control all of your household's bandwidth consumption and even save on data by using it more efficiently?
These were the questions we raised when we first set to work on the problem while in Nokia's Silicon valley campus back in 2010. While we got a lot resistance to the idea of enabling bandwidth on demand, it wasn't only among telecom network engineers. With the steady march of consolidation between internet service providers and content companies, Net Neutrality quickly presented itself, and many argued it was a barrier to the Cloudstreet concept. In fact nothing could be further from the truth.
AN APPLICATION-AWARE INTERNET IS ESSENTIAL TO NET-NEUTRALITY
As we come to understand the fundamental human need, and even right of a free and open internet, we also understand that there can be only one. The idea of creating multiple unique Internets is anathema to public internet. Moving certain applications and content streams off the public internet would not only directly impact global bandwidth availability, it would create costly tiers of service and drive the price of the public, universal internet through the roof while stifling innovation.