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9 Bandwidth Hogs: Reality Vs. Myth

Which user activities are actually eating up your bandwidth and clogging the network, and which can you ignore?
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You didn't think we'd make it through this without a hedge, did you? Videoconferencing is a tricky one to sort out because, although it can indeed require significant network resources, it comes in different shapes and sizes. Hosting your own videoconferences, especially in high-definition, will likely be bandwidth-intensive. Moving it to the cloud can ease some pain, as can reducing the resolution below HD, which is particularly resource-intensive. Remote workers and virtual offices that rely on retail broadband to keep everyone connected should actually be OK from a videoconferencing standpoint. That's because peak activity on those networks occurs outside of normal business hours, according to Bourque. "Teleworking is on the rise and therefore, home use of teleworking is also on the rise," he said. "But these are not the peak ISP usage hours."

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1/29/2013 | 12:38:42 AM
re: 9 Bandwidth Hogs: Reality Vs. Myth
The article is Network hogs not Internet hogs. Most SMBs have fractional T1, ADSL, MPLS, frame relay, etc. (Asynch DSL: upload speed lags download) or Cable (quoted in "burst" download speed; upload speed lags download). POTS Voice is 8KB/s and example Windows Live Meeting 350 kbps for video (50 kbps min). Most routers now have QOS options. (We throttle user Internet access to match Modem throughput.) NETWORK disruptors are encryption (e.g. VPN slows server) and (multifunction) printers.
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1/28/2013 | 9:41:45 PM
re: 9 Bandwidth Hogs: Reality Vs. Myth
Information Week only had one important New Year's Resolution this year. '"No Slide Show Articles with out a prominent 'View-as-one-page' link." How's that working out for you so far?
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1/28/2013 | 6:28:10 PM
re: 9 Bandwidth Hogs: Reality Vs. Myth
Now wait a minute. Video conferencing is only part reality but VOIP is fully reality, sounds a little out of whack to me folks. In addition you listed like 9 potential bandwidth hogs and only 1 or 2 of them you listed as myths so why even bother with the whole myth vs. reality nonsense in you title and just use, watch out for these 7 bandwidth hogs. Of course none of your 7 were any news to anyone so maybe that is why the "myth Vs. reality" teaser.

What a waste of my time, and my companyGÇÖs bandwidth. Oh BTW the you should have included stupid slide show news articles that have to load the ads 11 times as a reality hog in your list.
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