Eight Tips for Bandwidth Management

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If you really can’t trim the demand for bandwidth, it may still be possible to reduce traffic by using a proxy server or WAN acceleration. Even simple solutions may work: During the Olympics, MacLeod’s company set up a big screen TV in their break room. The end goal isn’t to punish offenders, it’s to find a simple way to save costs.

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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