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3 Types of Bandwidth Users: Why They Need the Cloud

Today’s companies leverage more bandwidth-heavy resources than ever. Especially with the pervasive nature of the cloud, enterprise leaders have to make sure that their network bandwidth is enough to support all the mission-critical activities going on in their offices.

However, some decision-makers don’t realize what a critical asset network bandwidth is. To help them see just how important it is to ensure broadband support and cloud performance, here are the different types of bandwidth users seen in nearly every company in the nation.

The Frequent Caller

This user loves business VoIP and videoconferencing systems. This individual is usually found within the sales or customer service department and cannot successfully function without the use of the office’s communication system, And while they place a high priority on voice calls, they also understand the value of face-to-face interactions made possible by videoconferencing.

No doubt the Frequent Caller is a productive and high functioning individual, and an asset to the business. However, as Cisco found that videoconferencing and VoIP can use as much as 14 percent of network bandwidth, the Frequent Caller could be putting stress on the network if not enough broadband is present. Especially as more organizations move toward VoIP for cost savings, it is critical to ensure that network bandwidth to support the system is in place.

The Cloud Aficionado

Cloud services are having quite the impact on businesses everywhere, and the Cloud Aficionado understands just how powerful Internet-based resources can be. This person uses the cloud for nearly everything – accessing enterprise applications, storing important documents, collaborating with external resources, and making necessary information available to others in the company. These capabilities are mission-critical to completing the employee’s daily tasks; once these applications are migrated to the cloud, employees typically do not have a choice of using another “on-prem” platform. In this way, the cloud is absolutely essential to the Cloud Aficionado’s prductivity.

The Cloud Aficionado is present in more organizations than many would think, and since Silicon Angle noted that enterprises will spend $13 billion on cloud services this year, more of these users are popping up everyday. This individual may not even realize that the majority of their work is done in the cloud, and if they have adequate bandwidth to ensure cloud performance, they are able to carry out a number of important Web-based actions.

The Cloud Aficionado depends on these resources to carry out daily tasks. Not having access to these materials, or experiencing poor cloud performance due to a lack of network bandwidth could have serious implications on this user’s ability to do his or her job. Without reliable cloud performance supported by adequate, reliable bandwidth, the office will likely see more and more workers hanging around the water cooler as they cannot carry out critical activities in the cloud.

The Streamer

No, this individual doesn’t have any strange association with party decorations. Instead, this user enjoys connecting with streaming services like YouTube, Pandora. While these may not seem like business essentials, having music on helps this user better concentrate on the task at hand and boosts job satisfaction. The Streamer also leverages network bandwidth to stream webinars and training videos. With more organizations utilizing their bandwidth in this manner, it is more crucial than ever to ensure proper broadband resources.

Although these processes – especially viewing streaming training videos – may help the Streamer be a critical part of the workforce, they are also using up as much as 5.5 percent of network bandwidth, according to Cisco.

The need to increase bandwidth

Whether a company is full of Frequent Callers, Cloud Aficionados, Streamers, or a combination of all three, the bottom line is the same: Without adequate network bandwidth, cloud performance and the functionality of VoIP and streaming services suffers. These users are all important pieces of the labor pool and should not have to scale back on the activities that help them do their jobs. Instead, decision-makers must guarantee that these processes are well supported by increasing their bandwidth when necessary.

 
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