Eight Tips for Bandwidth Management

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It doesn’t take fancy equipment to monitor and control your traffic. Most firewalls can gather information on top protocols and IP addresses, and some can give you URL categories or media types. Additionally, many routers are capable of applying bandwidth prioritization or limits based on ACLs and other filters. Start spending a little time looking at what’s using your bandwidth and try some test cases to guarantee bandwidth for business-critical traffic and reducing the more questionable stuff. You shouldn’t need to block it: One of your business needs is to keep your users happy.

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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