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How to Optimize Bandwidth Usage

Today’s technology infused environment has presented many challenges for IT professionals across the globe. One of the main challenges that companies and IT pros face is making the best use of bandwidth to help optimize network resources and increase network performance.

Technical applications require a high demand for increased bandwidth. This means managing the bandwidth in the most efficient way increases company productivity while reducing server downtime due to inadequate bandwidth usage. There are many programs that consume a lot of bandwidth and the challenge is to determine what the programs are before coming up with a strategy for effectively managing network bandwidth. Here are a few tips on how to optimize bandwidth usage on your company network.

Assessment of All Network Activity

Many companies are under pressure to reduce IT costs which makes the purchase of additional bandwidth impossible for most budgets or simply not an option. However, there are ways to improve the management of an existing network to help improve productivity and performance. In order for this to happen the IT professional must have complete visibility of all network activity. Depending upon the configuration this can consume a high percentage of an IT pro’s time.

First, it must be determined what applications are eating up the bandwidth on the network. These are applications such as VoIP and instant messaging programs, streaming video applications, incorrect configuration for routers, switches, servers, and clients, email messages with large amounts of data, and data backup programs, to name a few. Once the identification process is complete then it is possible to work on management solutions to increase network performance.

Network Management

Many times when you assess a network for programs that are consuming bandwidth, the staff which is using the applications on a daily basis have no idea of how their activities impact o