by Kevin Gillingham | May 11, 2015
Your business needs bandwidth. Every time you consume data through your network, whether it is email, VoIP, video conferencing, or downloading files, you are using bandwidth.
If you don’t have enough bandwidth, you’ll find your applications slow and loading times long. That’s because you have too many demands on a limited amount of bandwidth.
And if you have too much, you’re overpaying for bandwidth you don’t need!
So, how much do you need?
How Much Bandwidth Do You Use?
Do you know how much bandwidth your business is using now?
Think about what types of applications and activities you use on a day-to-day basis. Also, consider the number of users (employees, guests, etc.) on your network.
Do your employees use mostly email and web browsing? Your business is a light user – you probably don’t need a lot of bandwidth.
Or do they engage in video conferencing and large file downloads? Do they use multiple devices and cloud-based services? Your business is a heavy user – you will need a great deal of bandwidth.
Your business likely falls somewhere between these two extremes.
How Much Bandwidth Do You Need?
Unfortunately, many businesses are operating with too little bandwidth to meet their needs. This results in lost productivity, as employees are unable to engage in necessary activities to get work done.
To determine how much bandwidth you need, you should bring in an expert to assess your usage – current and projected. They’ll work with you to find out what activities your workforce is currently doing on the Internet, what they should be able to do with an optimized network, and what you anticipate they will need to do.
This will take into account your specific business, industry, number of employees, which applications you use, and how much you must be able to use specific applications on a regular basis (e.g. heavy use of emails, moderate use of video conferencing, etc.).
After the bandwidth professional calculates and installs your new solution, they should monitor the network traffic to ensure the estimation was correct, and adjust if required.
With bandwidth, there is no standard amount that you need. The amount is dependent on a great number of variables, and is therefore unique for each business.
As video and cloud applications become more pervasive, bandwidth demands will only increase. You need a bandwidth partner who will monitor your usage to ensure your solution is always up-to-date and right for your business.
>> Activo can help your business determine the right amount of bandwidth, implement an effective solution, and monitor the results. Contact us to get started!
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