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Preventing Bandwidth Bottlenecks When Using SaaS Applications


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August 23, 2012

Preventing Bandwidth Bottlenecks When Using SaaS Applications

By Jacqueline Lee, Contributing Writer

Bandwidth is one of the biggest concerns that businesses face when considering a cloud deployment. Even with the possibilities of the cloud, a business’s basic network infrastructure has to be secure, strong and ready for high-volume traffic.

Cloud-based applications still use and generate a lot of data. More virtual users mean more danger of bandwidth bottlenecks, according to tw telecom.

Start by evaluating bandwidth before a cloud deployment, taking into account current applications as well as applications that you want to add in the near future. Some applications have large initial data requirements but will require only incremental updates thereafter.

However, other applications have usage patterns that result in spikes in bandwidth demand. While no one can predict bandwidth requirements all of the time, guaranteeing comfortable scalability is crucial.

To ease the strain on the network, some IT staff implement application partitioning, which isolates bandwidth-hungry applications from those that place fewer demands on the network. Also, IT staff should evaluate whether or not some applications, because of their data transfer needs and architecture, may actually be better off outside of the cloud.

Most importantly, the right IT people need to be on the job. IT staff who are cloud computing experts will be best equipped to quickly react to problems and to prevent issues from happening in the first place.

Preventive steps can include locating data centers near the majority of a company’s users as well as using optimization devices that are designed to speed up transaction time.

Also, quality of service testing should take place in an integrated environment. This environment will provide all of the challenges and traffic that an Ethernet network may encounter. IT staff should monitor and troubleshoot packet traces collected from virtual machines after applications are deployed in the cloud.

Managed network services provider tw telecom is one of the top three providers that deliver business Ethernet services. The company helps businesses to deploy business Ethernet that meets their growing needs for applications-driven bandwidth.

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Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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