Taking back control of your network bandwidth

Friday, 24 October 2003, 12:21 PM EST

You can’t manage what you can’t see. So it’s not surprising that with corporate networks congested more and more by P2P, streaming media, and other “leisure” traffic, network admins are increasingly turning to specialized network management software packages and appliances to give them the information they need to take back control of their bandwidth.

Of course, if your network is uncongested, network logons are quick, and users find all their business applications are running at top speed, then you’re probably not too concerned about a handful of people using KazaA somewhere in your organization.

Sadly, though, this ideal state of affairs is rarely witnessed, except perhaps in administrators’ dreams. The truth is that most corporate networks carry far more network-clogging leisure traffic than they can cope with. That’s because leisure apps are often particularly aggressive bandwidth users.

The key concern here is that mission-critical applications get the bandwidth they need at all times. Beyond that, it’s also important that other applications that enable users to do productive work run at acceptable speeds.

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