Chapter 6. Cisco Collaboration Solution Bandwidth Management

A Cisco Collaboration solution, like any IP-based communications network, relies heavily on transport of information (signaling and media) over IP-enabled links. The links can be from Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) to Frame Relay to older ATM links. Every organization has a certain investment in the bandwidth over these physical links and bandwidth is an expensive asset. To optimize bandwidth, consumption over WAN links is a priority of the IT work force in every organization. However, a LAN can be seen as a pool of “virtually” unlimited bandwidth, with local traffic traversing over switches that can handle traffic in order of a few megabits per second to many gigabits per second. ...

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