We listed seven ways your company can improve your network performance.
A business network needs to perform well in order to satisfy the demands of its users. Companies use network monitoring tools to observe their network’s behavior and discover performance problems; however, you may be looking for other ways to improve network performance for your business.
Network performance can be boosted in several ways, both major and minor; depending on your company’s needs, you’ll want to focus on improving specific aspects of network performance. Below, we’ve listed seven ways that any company can enhance the performance of its networks.
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Eliminate performance bottlenecks
Bottlenecks are some of the most common network performance problems that businesses encounter. Even if one device is lagging behind the others, it can cause a wave of slow performance that reaches several areas of the network. A network monitoring tool will observe every device on your network and look for slow traffic. If it discovers a device or portion of a network is performing slower, it will alert your network team to the problem.
Reconfigure your network hardware
Whenever you install or update a device onto your network, your company needs to ensure that if configures the device correctly. Otherwise, your devices won’t be able to properly communicate with each other, which can cause routing issues or increase latency. Every time you reconfigure a piece of network hardware, your company needs to immediately verify that the changes aren’t negatively affecting your network performance.
Communicate with your users on proper network usage
Your employees could be draining network performance without even realizing it. If your employees are using bandwidth-heavy applications, streaming video or music, or downloading several large files via your network, there’ll be much less traffic available for critical business tasks. It’s important that your enterprise communicates with its users about proper use of the network and which apps/services shouldn’t be used on a business network. If there are specific users causing problems, you’ll need to talk to them directly about their network usage. In the worst case scenario, your company may have to ban apps and services that are consistently wasting network traffic.
Focus on problematic metrics
The specific performance problems that affect your business network will vary depending on how your network is built and the tasks you need your network to perform. To that end, there are certain performance metrics that your company will want to focus on to improve network performance. If your company needs to deliver large amounts of data to clients, for example, it should focus on reducing latency.
Provide a separate guest network
Guests that visit your enterprise will want to access the Internet, but they can use valuable bandwidth that your company could be using elsewhere. Ideally, your company will deploy a separate network for guests to access so they can connect to the web while your business resources are kept separate.
Compress data and network traffic
Companies are transmitting large quantities of data across their network every day, and the amount of work a network needs to do to get that data where it needs to go increases alongside it. Data compression allows companies to reduce the size of their data while ensuring that the full content of the data is transmitted.
Ensure quality of service (QoS) is working
Quality of service (QoS) ensures that high-performance applications and services have enough resources to operate properly. Your network should reserve bandwidth for critical business applications for when they need them, allowing you to prioritize important tasks even when your network performance dips down.
Looking for a solution to help you improve your network performance? Our Network Monitoring Buyer’s Guide contains profiles on the top network performance monitoring vendors, as well as questions you should ask providers and yourself before buying.
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