Minimising Network Congestion at the Workplace

Minimising Network Congestion at the Workplace

Computer system healthIT networks should send, receive, and transmit data as quickly as possible. Thanks to modern protocols, such as the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), networks now have considerably improved data transmission speed.

However, there are many situations wherein network speed doesn’t meet user expectations. In many cases, this takes the form of network congestion. Characterised often by slowly loading pages, even to the point of non-loading, this type of network problem can lead to major productivity and safety issues for organisations.

Breaking down congestion

In a nutshell, when a network is congested, it usually means poorly-performing network service. There’s more to congestion than just the typical slow performance though.

Congestion of networks results from a specific Internet route becoming overpacked with requests. With too many requests at a given time, it leads to data packets backing up. Excessive data packets attempting to flow through a single network route then leads not just to packet loss, but congestion itself, resulting in what Internet users describe as “very slow Internet service.”

Common congestion causes on an enterprise level

In a business environment, multiple users access the Internet all at the same time. This simultaneous use, which means numerous requests made in one go, is one of the primary reasons congestion is very common in offices throughout Australia.But organisations that have specifically built their networks with Quality of Service (QoS) don't experience this congestion issue as much.

Caching: A critical service for faster, more efficient Internet

Some techniques can help minimise congestion. One of these is through the use of web cache servers. These are dedicated network servers (or services mimicking servers) designed to store previous data requests in temporary locations (AKA ‘cache’).

By investing in such servers, not only can you expect an increase in data access speed (faster performing network); you can also minimise bandwidth demand within the workplace.

If your business requires extensive use of online or digital services, you need to consider caching to improve loading and access to your clients and customers from any part of the world. In a fast-moving world, your business needs all the speed it can get to move ahead.

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