As businesses shift more services to the cloud, and more employees are using personal devices at work, it is putting a strain on businesses’ Internet bandwidth. Brien Posey at Tech Republic Blogs offers ten techniques that help organization make efficient use of their available bandwidth.
- Block access to steaming media sites
Streaming videos consume more bandwidth that other Web-based services. If you allow employees to use the Internet for personal use, be sure to block access to sites such as Netflix, YouTube, and other streaming media sites.
- Throttle cloud backup
Unthrottled cloud backup can consume a massive amount of bandwidth. If you are using a off-site, cloud backup solution, check to see if the backup application is able to be throttled. Check with your IT services provider to see if there is a less bandwidth-intensive backup solution that would meet your business’ needs.
- Limit VoIP use
Limit VoIP phone calls to business use only. VoIP is a bandwidth-hogging protocol and employees can use cell phones for personal phone calls.
- Use a proxy cache
A proxy cache saves bandwidth by caching visited websites on a proxy server so the web page doesn’t have to be downloaded each time a user visits that page.
- Centralize application updates
Instead of letting each individual PC in your office download updates via Internet, you can save bandwidth by setting up a WSUS server to download all the updates and then make them available to the individual PCs. This task can also be accomplished via desktop virtualizaton.
- Hosted filtering
You can save a lot of bandwidth by filtering out spam before it gets to your servers. With hosted filtering your MX record point to a cloud server rather than your in-house mail server. The server filters out spam and malware and forwards the remaining messages.
- Identify heaviest users
Identify your heaviest bandwidth users and determine why they are using so much. Your network administrator may need to review the PC’s settings and lock down bandwidth-hogging software.
- Scan for malware
Malware consumes a huge amount of bandwidth. Be aggressive and proactive in keeping desktops on your network clean.
- Use Quality of Service
Quality of Service (QoS) can be configured to reserve the required bandwidth for important applications that require a specific amount of bandwidth, such as video conferencing. The bandwidth reservation is in effect only when the specific bandwidth is being used.
- Get the bandwidth you’re paying for
Many different factors can affect Internet bandwidth. If you feel that your connection is slower than what you have paid for, contact a network expert to help you identify areas where you could improve you bandwidth. Also, check with your ISP to see if you have a shared connection.
ACE IT Solutions can make sure you get the most out of the bandwidth you are paying for. Contact us for a network assessment. We will help you get a complete picture of exactly how your network is being used, by whom and for what purpose, and find ways to conserve bandwidth and save money.