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We work with a lot of clients who are either “in the cloud” or are talking about going there.  We have some really positive experiences of the cloud, and Lisa has blogged about the business reasons why cloud should be considered.

I subscribe to TechReupblic‘s blogs – they’re great for tips and know how in the tech world. They also have some great tips for those who are not so techie!

This blog will highlight some tips (hopefully in English and not techspeak) that TechRepublic gave in their recent blog on how to conserve bandwidth, with our own views added

  1. Limit your use of VoIP: think about what calls are being made, when they are being made and how this can impact upon your bandwidth.  If everyone is on the phone after lunch and you notice a slow internet speed, that may be why.
  2. Use a proxy cache: as the post states: “Using a proxy cache not only saves bandwidth, but it can give users the illusion that your Internet connection is much faster than it really is.”
  3. Centralise Application Updates: your pcs need updating regularly (but not at 9am on a Monday morning!) and you don’t need each one to connect to Windows updates to do this. Use WSUS to download the updates onto your server and farm them out (at an appropriate time) to all machines.
  4. Use hosted filtering: we all hate spam, but you don’t have to check for spam on your own server – farm this out and have it checked outside of your network before mails get to you.
  5. Identify your heaviest users: you should have software that can report on who uses what and when.
  6. Aggressively scan for malware: it’s not all about viruses and trojans, malware can really slow down your network, so check for and take no prisoners
  7. Use QoS: Quality of Service – you can reserve parts of your connection for certain activities – great stuff!
  8. Make sure you’re getting the bandwidth you’ve paid for: we regularly audit our clients’ infrastructures, and their bandwidths.  It is often the case that what they are paying for and what the are getting is either confused (up to 20mb does not necessarily mean 20mb) or they are not receiving it as they are sharing a connection.

I am going to add an 9th point: call your ISP and check what deals that can do.  We often find that our clients have contracts that can be amended to better terms (and often on cheaper tariffs), so it’s always worth a phone call to see if you can increase your speed. Things change at such a rapid rate in the technology world.

 

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