Learn about the causes of bottlenecks in data flow and what can be done about them
In many places, the facts that the bandwidth of networks is growing more slowly than user demand and that sufficient bandwidth is not universally available have been causing restrictions in performance. But there are a few tricks by which companies can avoid these bottlenecks.
The problem of ‘data bottlenecks’ can be compared very aptly with the flow of the water in an apartment block: if all the inhabitants want to have a shower at the same time, a large quantity of water needs to be pumped up through the system to the top floor in a very short time. It may happen that the water supplier and the pipes reach their limitations, so that all that comes out of the shower head on the top floor is a trickle.
The situation is similar with regard to data flow, because there are also peak times in companies in terms of the capacity at which their networks are operating. Yet these bottlenecks can be combated with a few simple methods.
One of the things that should be discussed is whether or not these tasks might not be performed at different times instead of falling due in parallel. Apart from that it is important to sensitise the employees, and ideally to ensure transparency as regards the data streams. In that way, everyone will become aware that each person needs to modify his or her behaviour a little, or his or her work structure, so that everyone can benefit from a good network performance. Another thing that has proved helpful is the provision of management rules governing extremely high-volume data downloads or on-line training sessions in order to reduce the load. Basically, this is a question of developing a consciousness with regard to data volumes and bringing relief, for example by postponing major downloads or web conferences to off-peak hours.
As a provider of cloud solutions, eurodata has developed an infographic on this subject, in which the situation is visualised and solutions are presented.