To Upspeed or Not to Upspeed?

I was talking to my son-in-law about his Internet bandwidth needs for his small Midwest Company. Specifically, when is the right time and what is the most cost efficient way to increase his bandwidth capacity. Additionally, we were chatting about the timing of the conversion from optical type services to Ethernet services. Many industry reports indicate that Ethernet ports are normally 40% less expensive per Mbps than the comparable TDM (Time Division Multiplexing) ports. You may have an initial capital investment, but as you lower your operational costs by as much as 40%, you will get a healthy payback on your investment.

It was interesting to hear the director of IT for a small business talk about managing his bandwidth needs, load balancing of traffic between ISPs, and planning for network redundancy.   For small business owners, it is critical to save money while you meet the ever changing technology needs of your company.

In these tough times, I know it is tempting to run high utilization on your internet access port. I can hear the argument now!  Just let the port “run hot” and you save money on a monthly basis. Budget problem solved! Really?  Your company will experience an increase in network latency, dropped packets, and poor network performance. The question is whether you really need to sacrifice network performance to obtain a cost advantage.

Here are a few things to consider when deciding about your future bandwidth needs.

1.  First, up-speeding your port will reduce cost per packet. Typically, you will see better price per performance per Mbps for increased bandwidth.

2.  Second, the additional port capacity will allow you to support your rapid traffic growth.

3.  Finally, it is worth considering the conversion from TDM based services to Ethernet services.

Increased speed on the Internet means increased ability to serve customers and grow your business.

What have you done that noticeably increased bandwidth?  How has that made a difference to you in your work?  We look forward to hearing your answers.
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