Three reasons you don’t need more bandwidth

By Tim Mercer, CEO of Vapour

Familiar with the “poor network performance – get more bandwidth” conversation? Well, you’re not alone. This is all too common for some – not all – IT specialists to tell you when you’re experiencing poor connectivity. But increasing bandwidth doesn’t only up the cost, but most of the time, this will not solve the issue fully either.

It’s a quick explanation which means overworked IT professionals – or inexperienced suppliers – can turn their attention or steer the conversation elsewhere. You might think, who can blame them– especially when you think about how many issues a business network can encounter in any given day. But it shouldn’t come down to simply increasing bandwidth to experience a better performing network. Tim Mercer, CEO of Vapour explores why...

The network isn’t made for cloud applications
This is a big issue for organisations trying to catch up to those who accelerated digital transformation journeys during the pandemic. Firms are now using far more cloud applications than ever, which could be putting the network under newfound pressure. Businesses who have fallen behind must put together a transformation strategy to fix this issue – it’s not a quick solution, but a necessary one to boost application performance.

Home-based employees are draining bandwidth
Hybrid working has thrown companies a lot of curveballs – ensuring employees have access to the right files and applications, having to implement additional security measures and communication tools. All of this puts strain on a business’s network. But with many employees still working from home (WFH) and others returning to the office, there is a lack of visibility over how applications are performing and where bandwidth brains are coming from which makes it harder to identify the real root cause of any issues.

For organisations who require WFH employees to plug directly into the corporate network, whilst it might boost their connectivity at home, this could be affecting the bandwidth and productivity of other employees. Netflix, other family members, and other home-based applications will slow down network performance tremendously if not identified and managed correctly, so it’s important to explore any ‘dirty traffic’ that shouldn’t be there before automatically assuming you need a bigger internet pipe.

Too many network management tools
Our partner LogicMonitor revealed that enterprises are using up to five or more monitoring tools to measure network performance. But having more tools does not equal more visibility. In fact, it usually does the opposite. Using several different solutions adds complexity and results in fragmented information – giving IT teams more work than necessary.

AMaaS to the rescue – one tool to do it all
Don’t waste budget on increasing bandwidth or implementing several different performance monitoring tools. Instead, invest in one Application Monitoring as a Service (AMaaS) solution, like our very own, which can actively identify and rectify performance issues before they become a bigger problem.

An AMaaS tool gives IT teams single-pane visibility across the entire network – reducing investigation time, downtime, and cost to the business.

IT professionals can get to the root cause and mitigate tech headaches before they affect user productivity – keeping employees, and in turn customers, happy.

If you’d like to find out more about Vapour’s Application Monitoring as a Service (AMaaS) solution and the benefits to your business, contact our team.

 

Posted By Vapour Comms Team
25/04/2022

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