Integrated Services QoS - Hard QoS is first QoS approach, but currently we are not using. At the end of this post, you will know what is Integrated QoS, what was the idea with it and why it is not used today.
Quality of service (QoS) is the overall performance of a telephony or computer network, particularly the performance seen by the users of the network. Two QoS approaches have been defined by standard organizations. These are:
- Intserv (Integrated Services) and
- Diffserv (Differentiated Services).
Not only allocation bandwidth for each and every flow on each network device in the path, but also keep tracking these flows and tearing down when the flow is terminated is very resource intensive and people thought this will not be scalable and we haven't seen deployment for it.
Protocol for Integrated Services was RSVP - Resource Reservation Protocol. Although we don't see usage of RSVP for Integrated Services, it is used in MPLS , by allocation Label for the destinations.
Diffserv doesn’t require reservation; instead flows are aggregated and placed into classes. Each and every node can be controlled by the network operator to treat differently for the aggregated flows. Diffserv is a more scalable approach compared to Intserv and today if you are using QoS, you are dealing with Diffserv - Differentiated Services QoS or another name, SoftQoS!