5 ways to increase the speed of your business network

To be effective, a business network must possess a certain number of qualities. At its core, a network must be secure, provide full coverage of a company’s infrastructure, and operate quickly. Increasing the speed of your network is one of the top priorities for businesses and network teams. However, network speed can be influenced by a number of different factors. If your network is slow, there are a number of potential reasons.

Having a fast network is important not only for the network team, but for the whole company. Many critical applications cannot function without a network, and a slow network inevitably means that these applications will also be slow. Businesses use tools like Network Performance Monitors (NPM) to track their network performance, including network speed, to ensure their network is running smoothly. If you want to improve the speed of your network, we’ve listed five ways your business can help make your network run faster below.

Increased bandwidth and throughput

Your network can only handle a limited amount of data transfers at any given time. If too much data tries to flow across the network, that data flow will inevitably slow down. An NPM can tell you how much bandwidth your company is using, telling you if the company is exceeding the maximum data transmission rate. The problem could also be that your network is constantly dropping data packets, causing it to resend the lost information and further slowing down the network. NPMs can track packet loss, giving you insight into the reliability of your network.

Network Hardware Review

A network is only as good as the hardware it runs on. Faulty network hardware can be responsible for slow data transfers. If a node in the network goes down or needs to be checked/fixed, your NPM will alert you to the problem. Depending on the monitoring tool, it can also provide diagnostics so you can get to the root of the problem faster.

Eliminate bottlenecks

Network congestion can appear anywhere on the network, especially in heavily used areas. Your network speed can be severely affected by areas of your network that act as performance bottlenecks. NPMs look for bottlenecks by looking at packet loss and checking network speed at each part of the network.

Limiting the use of network applications

Many businesses run mission-critical applications that use a network to function. While it can increase application efficiency, running too many business applications on a network can reduce network speed. Any application that does not need a network to function should be taken off the network if it is acting too slowly.

Perform regular network speed tests

In most cases, the network speed is not constant. Various factors affect how fast a network operates, and many of them will not have a permanent impact on your network. It is therefore important that network teams regularly perform network speed tests. Even if your network is not noticeably slow, your network speed can be affected by smaller and less important issues. Network speed tests ensure that you are always aware of any slowdowns on your network, large or small.

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