The benefits of bandwidth optimization stretch across nearly every operation within an organization. Having optimized bandwidth can keep applications delivered efficiently, lower help desk requests and user complaints, and increase security through better visibility across the network.
But, like any technology component or strategy, issues can arise even in the most seemingly optimized setup. When those occur, it pays to take quick action to address the problems and get back on track. Here are some tips for solving issues efficiently, so that a network can operate at a higher level of performance:
Implement application optimization
Latency can be one of the biggest issues when it comes to bandwidth performance, and one of the top culprits is often an application, and potentially many more than just one. By implementing application optimization, IT can remove some of the blockages that might be occurring on the network, and also deliver applications in a more robust and efficient way.
By focusing on application delivery networking, an organization can achieve more performance in an optimized bandwidth environment. That's particularly important with the array of endpoints and locations that many companies might have, which means that mobile workers and branch offices need to be tied together to a well-functioning data center.
Many times, bandwidth issues are created because there's a lack of visibility across a network. When IT has only a partial view of what's happening, it's like only being able to see out of one or two car windows while driving. Having access to those perspectives is helpful, but it's far too easy to get blindsided by what you can't see.
Focusing on increased visibility provides fuller bandwidth optimization because it gives insight into how the application layer is performing, as well as general response time of network resources. With that type of insight, it's possible to tackle many common bandwidth issues, such as slow backup timeframes, performance degradation, and speed of moving data and applications to the cloud.
Go beyond bandwidth
With better visibility and applications running at optimal performance, IT will be able to address the other aspects of bandwidth. Those include load balancing, remote access, network security, application security, and offload processes.
Folding all of these components into a bandwidth optimization strategy can address many, and sometimes all, issues that may be thwarting an organization's attempts for more streamlined and efficient bandwidth usage. Much like application optimization, bandwidth optimization isn't a single approach that uses one tool or technique. Instead, it's a blend of tools that work together across a network to address every aspect, from protocols to response time to data redundancy.
Thinking of bandwidth assessment in a narrow way — focusing only on increasing speed, for example — can result in missing the other parts of optimization, and that might keep the same issues cropping up again and again.
For a more insights on tackling bandwidth optimization issues, consider setting up a comprehensive IT evaluation that can assess your network resources and increase performance, in order to align more closely with business goals.