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How Cloud Applications Impact Fiber Optic Internet Usage

How much bandwidth do you require to run your key business cloud-based apps? There is no doubt that cloud applications impact fiber optic internet usage.  Below, we consider some of the most commonly used cloud-based apps and consider the implications. Contact Packetworks for more information on how much bandwidth you need.

 

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Although there are many advantages to using cloud applications, they do require bandwidth in order to function. In fact, even the simple email requires more bandwidth than many think, at least partly due to the amount of spam mail the average user wades through. With estimates showing that spam accounts for about 8-9 times as much mail as legitimate mail, the need for bandwidth is greater than many realize.

 

Salesforce Bandwidth Requirements

Salesforce is an exceptional app with a wide variety of functions to assist the business owner. According to the Salesforce Success Community page, the average web page size is 90kb, but with the average Salesforce user viewing 120 pages from the site per day, the accumulated web page size is considerably larger. Furthermore, studies have shown that the simple formula,  "Peak bandwidth/number of users = average bandwidth per user" does not accurately reflect company bandwidth usage as there are so many other factors to consider. 

 

Microsoft Office 365 Bandwidth Requirements

Microsoft reports that there are "many variables to consider when estimating internet traffic."  They suggest that these can include:

 This online version of Microsoft's perennially popular Office suite is increasing in popularity with business owners and, like all other cloud apps, accounts for its share of bandwidth.

 

Google Apps

Google Apps is an immensely popular work tool. This suite of apps provides users with email, a calendar, cloud storage, spreadsheets, presentation and word processor software, and more. Google reports that "all Google Apps accounts have a limited amount of bandwidth.  

 

Amazon Web Services

This huge, sprawling web-based giant offers its users a variety of tools. Amazon Web Services is itself a subsidiary of Amazon.com.  The wide variety of apps it offers include those that it has designed itself and many others provided by third-party business partners. The company does provide metrics in its administration console that allow you to determine your bandwidth usage over select periods of time. 

 

Dropbox 

This app provides its users with a selection of cloud storage, file sharing, syncing and collaboration apps. The company offers free services with up to 10GB usage a day, and considerably more if you are operating a paid account. 

 

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Summary 

Today's office workers are so internet dependent that bandwidth requirements are much larger than is often estimated. Use the following list to compare against your business characteristics. 

  • Frequent email  usage
  • Banking Online
  • Various cloud services such as email, hosted accounting, hosted CRM, etc.
  • Online research
  • VOIP telephony 
  • File transfers; both up and down
  • Online backup

Many business owners are now realizing that their bandwidth requirements are much larger than they previously anticipated. The answer is to ensure that your bandwidth provision is greater than your requirements in order to meet the increasing demand as well as allow for your business to scale up. For fast, reliable internet and bandwidth planning that will meet your requirements, use fiber and contact Packetworks.

 

Sources: 

Salesforce Bandwidth Requirements

Microsoft Office 365 - The Internet Bandwidth Planning

How Much Bandwidth Does Your Office Really Need

Bandwidth Limits

 

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