For business managers and IT departments, there are a number of important decisions to make when choosing suitable Internet services to keep your offices connected. novnos can help you assess and implement the services that best meet your business requirements.
There are a few important considerations you should take into account including:
- What are your current bandwidth requirements in each office?
- What type of business internet traffic are your offices engaging in?
- How scalable is the service to support your future growth?
- Do you require redundancy or the ability to load balance your bandwidth usage?
To help you evaluate the type of internet connection you require, here are some things you should consider:
Bandwidth is the amount of information that an internet connection can send and receive. It is typically measured in megabits per second (Mbps). To evaluate how much bandwidth your business needs, it is very important to evaluate “upload” vs. “download” activities:
Bandwidth is measured in two directions: up and down. Tasks such as email, e-commerce, web browsing, video and downloading will consume the most download bandwidth.
Other tasks, including processing credit card transactions, VOIP, uploading content to store on the web and video calling will consume the most upload bandwidth on a regular basis.
If you have an office which is the main hub for VPN access to centralized information, chances are your upload requirements may be greater than your download needs.
Bandwidth Usage Assessment
A proper User Activity Traffic (UAT) analysis can make or break the proper decision on the type of Internet service provisioning you choose. Proper management of your organization’s UAT will ensure that you are not over-paying for Internet resources you do not require while ensuring appropriate business activities
As your business grows or you begin using applications that rely more heavily on the Internet such as cloud services, you will want to have the ability to easily upgrade your internet service without interruption to your daily operation. Upgrading can be in the form of a “bigger pipe” or by adding a secondary Internet connection, which can also be used for redundancy and load balancing. Often you can have two types of Internet for less than the cost of the a bigger pipe.
As your connectivity to the Internet becomes increasingly critical to your business operations it is wise to look at having an additional Internet connection. This can be used to fail-over should the other become unavailable. It can also be used to load balance your Internet traffic to provide greater overall bandwidth for your organization. It is usually recommended to use a different type of Internet bandwidth from a separate provider to ensure maximum uptime.
Bandwidht Shaping / Quality of Service (QoS)
The ability to manage how your Internet connectivity is being used will ensure that you are getting the most out of your Internet resources, provide a great user experience, increase productivity, and keep you from incurring unnecesary increase in costs. Implementing the right UTM (Unified Threat Management) system will give all you need to facilitate this.