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The need for bandwidth is increasing faster than most IT departments can keep up. It is difficult to visualize the impact of smartphones and tablets on global broadband networks as well as offices’ wireless connections.
The infographic below offers some stunning statistics that sum up where bandwidth stands today and where we are headed. For example, “In 2016, the gigabyte equivalent of all movies ever made will cross global IP networks every 3 minutes.” Also by 2016, there will be three devices connected to the Internet for every human being on Earth.
These numbers are staggering and should serve as a reminder to IT departments that it’s never too soon to start preparing for the future. Can your networks handle another surge in traffic? How will you future-proof your network for the devices and the data of the next 5 to 10 years? PSAV Presentation Services offers these tips for handling bandwidth demand:
Traffic Shaping – A technique to slow down or even stop Internet traffic of a particular type. Downloading video consumes greater bandwidth than web surfing and email for example. The high bandwidth traffic can be slowed or stopped altogether, freeing up more bandwidth for more common, less intensive Internet uses. The disadvantage is that the shaping is invisible to the user, who often interprets the effect as a slow overall connection, driving customer complaints up. It can also be used to restrict those types of traffic commonly used to violate copyright, however, there is no foolproof way to separate legitimate use from questionable use again driving complaints when legitimate users are blocked or slowed.
User Bandwidth Limiting – A technique limiting the amount of bandwidth each individual on the network can consume. Unlike Traffic Shaping it allows a guest to use the bandwidth they have been limited to for any purpose. This prevents any one user from overloading the network. However, as different users have different bandwidth needs, it does little to address those that require and place value on a higher level of service, nor does it drive the revenue enabling the high bandwidth circuit in the property to be profitable.
Check out the infographic below to see how much bandwidth needs are expected to increase over the next few years.