The Bits and Bytes of Traffic Shaping in VMware
Remember when we first learned that bits and bytes are based on 1024, not 1000? Sometimes we can get confused when talking about managing bandwidth in “megs” but it is megabits, and also that a while we use a 1000 multiplier for “mega” but the base unit is 1024, not 1000.
In other words, we have to take care when we are calculating limits as we work out traffic limiting and traffic shaping.
Peaking, Bursting, and Average, oh my!
There can be some confusion around which action happens in which order when talking about traffic shaping versus on VMware Standard vSwitches. There are just three settings when we talk about traffic limiting which are Peak Bandwidth, Average Bandwidth, and Burst Size.
Even a quick primer is important, so head on over to view Duncan Epping’s blog here which has a great little post describing the settings.