Eight Tips for Bandwidth Management

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The first step for the bandwidth problem is to understand what’s on your network, and compare that with why your business needs your network. Do you need high-speed links so customers can upload files to your support team? Do you rely on low latency to keep up with trading prices? Do your employees and users rely on cloud-based services for email, documents, CRM, etc.? If you’re going to reduce demand, you have to start with your business needs.

It’s a common belief that bandwidth, memory, and disk space are all cheap. However, the apps that we use – whether running on our computers or on the cloud – are increasingly sophisticated, and often seem to grow at the same pace as the upgrades. Between real-time streaming, VoIP, and cloud trends, bandwidth can be overwhelmed, slowing everyone’s downloads and response times. While some organizations respond by buying ever more bandwidth, others are taking steps to reduce and prioritize the demand.

To help curb some of the bandwidth pain, Jim MacLeod of WildPackets provides common issues and illustrates how to identify and overcome them.

 

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