Following these easy steps can dramatically speed up your WAN transfers and keep you from losing your hair prematurely. Solving slow WAN speed(s) – the dilemma. But first, let’s review a few basic – WANs are simply networks that span large geographical locations. Latency, packet loss and bandwidth limitations (to name a few) have traditionally been determining factors for how much and how fast data can be moved down a pipe. WAN connections, as they get further from the source, introduce Latency.
It doesn’t matter how much bandwidth is available. As distance increases so does the chances for packet loss, which requires a retransmission. Packet loss is almost always caused by congestion-based dropping of packets by routers (or other forwarding device) along the path between locations. Bandwidth is often mistaken for internet speed when it’s actually the volume of information that can be sent over a connection in a measured amount of time – calculated in megabits per second (Mbps). I think we can all agree that regardless of how big your pipe is, maximizing bandwidth to 100% capacity is literally a pipedream.
There are literally hundreds of web articles that will claim to help you solve your WAN speed issues. Many of these articles are written with good intentions. But lets be honest, whoever wrote the article has no idea what your specific WAN speed issues are. It would be like throwing a dart at a dartboard 100 yards away while blindfolded. What you need are specific answers to solve your specific dilemmas.
Before I reveal the specific steps you can employ to speed up your WAN issues, let’s first discuss the 10 most common techniques (according to top tech guru’s). Some of these may give you temporary relief, so it’s at least worth mentioning before we delve deeper.
1. Identify your biggest sources of traffic.
2. Create policies that can eliminate traffic.
3. Eliminate chatterbox apps and unnecessary ports and protocols.
4. Prioritize traffic.
5. Consider outsourced spam-filtering services and heavy-use applications.
6. Choose security and backup solutions with WAN optimization in mind.
7. Consider cache servers and thin computing.
8. Separate network resources.
9. Consider WAN acceleration hardware.
10. Add more bandwidth.
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Solving slow WAN speed(s) – Utilizing old and outdated methods to achieve maximum WAN data throughput is like running a marathon barefoot or trying to dig a tunnel with a shovel. Let’s be honest, you’re data transmission problems go way beyond what most experts can write about in a blog article. Adding more bandwidth when latency issues are what’s really crippling your transmissions would be a waste of time and money. Prioritizing traffic when you don’t have enough bandwidth to begin with, would be pointless. Trying to simultaneously incorporate all ten steps above would be mind numbing and require more money and effort than most IT department heads could afford. Am I right? You know I’m right! So how do we maximize your WAN data transfers without breaking the piggy bank AND keep you sane at the same time?
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