Nothing is more annoying than a slow connection. They say if you want to test a new relationship, put that person in front of a computer that is working at a snail’s pace and see how they react. That is a true test of patience.
Many companies are implementing a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy into the workplace which means employees are using the network more than before. To pass the time, they might stream their favorite show, check their social media feeds, or download large files. As a result of the added activity on your network, pinpointing the cause of slow network performance is becoming more difficult.
Adding more bandwidth is not a long term solution, not to mention that it can be very costly too, so in this post we put together some of the most common network problems and how to solve them.
1. Users are complaining the internet is too slow
Internet speed is probably the most common network problem that IT managers encounter. Users become incredibly frustrated when it takes a long time for a task to be completed because of a slow connection.
Solution: Diagnose the problem with real-time monitoring
When you use a product like Exinda Network Orchestrator, you can take a look in real time to identify active applications, users, and devices. You can determine what is causing the congestion by generating a purpose-built report that shows you the top apps that are consuming the most bandwidth. There is a possibility that some of the applications listed are not business-critical, yet they are wasting the most network resources. Set a policy to immediately limit the amount of bandwidth allocated to the app and minimize the impact on the internet speed there and then.
2. The one who consumes too many resources
There is always one or two employees, at the very least, who have bad cyber hygiene. They stream the latest series on Netflix or they are constantly checking Instagram stories. They are draining their fair share of bandwidth and whilst you might allow your employees these freedoms, they are getting in the way of apps which are business-critical.
Solution: Set a policy at the user level
Once you’ve identified the IP address causing your network to slow down, you can integrate your organization’s active directory with Exinda to control the bandwidth hop and prevent them from degrading the quality of service for everyone else. At this point, you can create policy limits for the users to make business-critical applications priority.
3. Streaming video is killing your network
Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, really anything that streams video is bound to slow your network down. Users have to have the latest upload from their favorite YouTube star right now, but they are impeding on your bandwidth. There’s not a day that goes by where the user needs their video streaming fix.
It is now harder than ever to mediate streaming media problems because companies use YouTube and Facebook as a marketing platform. Blocking them all together is not a solution.
Solution: Create policies by group
With Exinda Network Orchestrator, you can set a policy at the group level meaning you can allow members of the marketing department to upload to YouTube but restrict use from the remainder of the company. By shaping the traffic policy, you gain control of your network. Business critical applications like Salesforce or QuickBooks will take precedence and run more smoothly.
For example, the IT Director at UMass Dartmouth realized that Netflix streaming during the day was slowing down business critical applications. By using Exinda Network Orchestrator, he was able to prioritize apps like Blackboard during the day, but he switched the priority at night so students would be able to stream Netflix without a problem. Learn more here:
The newest version of Exinda Network Orchestrator is now available. It includes an update to the chart and reporting functionality by replacing Flash with HTML5. Other qualities and stability improvements have been made as well. Exinda Network Orchestrator 7.4.6 is available as of March 19, 2018.
If you need further information about how Exinda Network Orchestrator can improve your bandwidth, sign up for a live demo today.