Enterprise Bandwidth Management
As more than 70 percent of Internet users use high-bandwidth
applications including instant messaging, video clips and the like, the need
for bandwidth management has assumed centre-stage. Explains Sudhindra Holla,
Head, Business Development/Product Management, MRO-TEK, Bandwidth optimisation
is the need of the hour, and enterprises are constantly faced with the challenge
of utilising it in an optimal manner.
Organisations need to optimise their network bandwidth resources by prioritising
and managing network traffic in real-time. As network traffic reaches pre-set
thresholds, a bandwidth optimiser manages new non-business-related uses and
thereby ensures that critical business applications have priority access to
In his presentation at Technology Senate 2005, Holla suggested some techniques
of bandwidth management at the individual user level.
Set bandwidth thresholds for non-business-related Web sites such as shopping
and entertainment, and higher thresholds for work-related sites. Implement bandwidth
management for bandwidth allocated to instant messaging sites by setting thresholds
that are appropriate to specific users or groups, allowing chatting when ample
bandwidth is available, suggests Holla.
He also stressed on the need to implement bandwidth management for bandwidth
allocated to streaming media by blocking those applications when the network
is running at or near capacity.
Another area that needs to be looked at is managing wireless LAN bandwidth.
Wireless networks have well-known bandwidth limitations offering data rates
below those currently available on wired networks. Users of the most popular
network applications such as e-mail clients and Web browsers are further handicapped
by the fact that these applications are based on standard networking protocols
that were developed for the wired world, and which are very poorly optimised
for todays wireless networks.