If half of your (or your employee's) day is spent walking to the water cooler as you wait for that file to download... then keep reading.
Critical cloud-based platforms have made the need for reliable bandwidth more important than ever. You may have forgotten about capacity and network management, and that's causing a bottleneck effect. In a cloud-based world, your network is critical... as are your servers and data that is hosted in the cloud. Network traffic will only continue to increase. Now the network has become part of the cloud. You will need to look at maximizing the efficiency of your existing network, which is especially true for smaller businesses with fewer resources.
WAN Optimization - One strategy to optimize your network is WAN Optimization, which is a collection of techniques to manage and reduce network traffic including:
Caching - Caching locally stores and pre-populates data such as images and other elements that are commonly requested by your user's browsers. A corporate logo for example is cached (or saved) and served locally, saving bandwidth.
De-duplication - De-duplication removes network traffic associated with data backups by performing a single complete backup of a given file(s), and then only sends changed portions of those files over time, rather than the entire file.
Compression - Compression reduces the size of the data being sent across the network, removing unnecessary portions of the file(s) in question, and thus reducing the amount of traffic being transmitted.
Broadband bonding - Broadband networks offer relatively large bandwidth at a cost-effective rate. When you combine several broadband and Internet connections into a single, unified connection (broadband bonding), it provides scalability and fault tolerance. WAN traffic management - Most businesses just don't know how to manage their network traffic effectively, which wastes resources. Moving into the cloud causes more inefficiencies. WAN traffic management identifies and prioritizes critical traffic, increasing the efficiency of your network. The network and cloud are quickly becoming the same and interchangeable. Stay in the forefront of your network by improving its efficiency.