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Monday, May 15, 2006

10 Ways to Improve a Network

Thanks to increasingly quick advancements in technology, networks have become almost too efficient for their own good. Many computers can’t keep up with the speed at which the Internet and networks function, and this can lead to bogged down systems and lost productivity.

The article at this link features 10 ways to ensure your network is running at top speed so you can conduct important business and get the most out of your hardware and software. The following is a list and basic overview of these tips. To read a more detailed description, please follow the link provided!

1. Invest in new equipment. Upgrading your equipment can really boost your network, and thanks to falling prices, that is possible for more companies than ever before.
2. Look at bandwidth availability and pricing. More bandwidth should be available to all, which means that in many cases there will be lower prices.
3. Be more generous with storage. Storage area networks are incredible bargains these days, and easy to manage. You can get 10 times the storage you could even 6 or 7 years ago for the same price. More storage capacity can prevent slow running networks.
4. Keep “hardening” the network. If you keep up your security protection, you can stop spyware, Trojans and worms that might slow down your network performance.
5. Use automated resource monitoring. This system will help you detect bottlenecks and allow you to address them to speed up the network.
6. Engage users and managers. Talk to them about their experiences using the network to determine what issues are keeping things down.
7. Think about new applications that can cut down on data entry. You might find out that you have information in the system that has been entered many times. Adding inexpensive software or middleware can help prevent this for the future.
8. Implement e-mail consolidation and acceleration procedures. E-mail steals more network performance juice than any other item, mostly because of large attachments. Decreasing the number of stored e-mails, particularly ones that have attachments no longer in use can help speed up any network.
9. Take advantage of wide area file services. These services offer better WAN communication because they help with compression and provide better user-sender communication.
10. Employ data reduction and pattern matching. This allows appliances at different points of the WAN to exchange just the changes in a file rather than the entire file. Less data transmission means better network performance.

Created By: Computer Consulting 101 Professional Kit