In the modern age, businesses rely heavily on networks to host and run their daily processes and applications, allowing employees to be productive and efficient. Not having enough bandwidth can limit what an organization is capable of and can limit overall productivity of the business.
An organization’s current network may be adequate for the current number of users and applications; however, businesses looking to expand their staff size or service offerings will require increased network capacity.
Benefits of Increased Bandwidth
Enterprises and organizations are increasingly taking advantage of what the cloud has to offer to stay competitive and expand their services. By the end of 2020, an estimated 83% of company workloads will be hosted in the cloud,1 and the average employee uses 36 cloud-based services daily, including file sharing and collaboration platforms2. As organizations increase their reliance on the cloud to support their mission-critical tasks, they will require larger business internet bandwidth to promote productivity and reliability.
Increasing the capacity of your network will:
Reduce traffic bottlenecks
Increase ability to embrace new network-intensive applications
Promote collaboration and reduces productivity delays
Prevent network overloading and crashes
Enterprises and other organizations looking to maximize their network capacity should:
1. Evaluate Current and Future Network Use
Every organization will have a different bandwidth need, depending on how much data they handle, the number of network users, the number of connected devices, and the types of files and software they use.
Bandwidth and network traffic issues are usually caused when your organization has too many devices or too many users on the same network at the same time. If an organization is growing its team rapidly or is taking on new web-based applications that strain the network, they should determine whether current network capacity can meet network demand now and in the future.
To best determine current bandwidth use, companies should take note of peak network usage throughout the week including days and times with high traffic. In addition, take note of the amount of software being used, which is normally detailed by the software developer. Businesses can leverage bandwidth information to get an accurate estimate of the capacity being used to inform how much bandwidth is available and whether the network needs to be upgraded to meet current or future needs.
Once businesses have determined their current bandwidth use, they should determine how they anticipate their network will be used in the future with new applications, such as network automation processes and cloud-based services. Enterprises that are migrating to the cloud or are planning to increase their network reliance to innovate or add new services should consider optimizing or upgrading their network.
2. Optimize Network Processes
In some cases, increasing capacity doesn’t require a new network or additional investment. Here are a few free ways to improve the capacity of your network and reduce traffic bottlenecks:
Consider scheduling admin and IT management tasks to execute outside of peak traffic times3.
Use redundant network connections in tandem with your primary network links to essentially double bandwidth. The only caveat is this removes the safeguard aspect of redundancy, so this should only be used for temporary capacity increases4.
Prioritize traffic based on need with quality of service (QoS) management and rserve more network capacity for the most business-critical applications.
Have your network admin slow or restrict non-essential traffic via firewall or network protocol.
3. Upgrade Network Setup
Organizations requiring a more permanent or substantial increase to network capacity for future innovation or growth should look at leveraging a network service that is designed for network flexibility and scalability.
Network setups optimized for flexible capacity include:
Dedicated internet access (DIA)– a private circuit network that provides organizations with a specific amount of bandwidth that won’t be throttled during times of high usage.
Dark fiber– fiber increases network bandwidth with the ability to process multiple data signals simultaneously on different wavelengths.
4. Work With A Local Managed Network Services Provider
Leveraging the right expertise can clear up any questions related to how to increase business internet bandwidth and identify areas of improvement.
SCE Carrier Solutions is a local managed network services provider (MNSP) specializing in providing Southern California organizations with high capacity, reliable, cost-effective, and scalable network solutions. We offer several network services optimized for bandwidth, including DIA, wavelength services, and dark fiber services, tailored to your unique capacity needs.
Interested in learning more about how your enterprise can increase its network bandwidth? Contact us today and one of our network experts will be happy to discuss your options and answer any questions.