Regulate Network Bandwidth for Office 365

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We have all been using Microsoft Office applications since we first started working with computers. Opening an office application was easy and fast then. We never knew what the terms such as bandwidth congestion or bandwidth throttling meant.

Currently, many businesses have embraced Office 365 which is a cloud-based alternative to the familiar on-premise Office applications. The Office 365 provides accessibility and the data can be accessed via a secured internet connection. There is no reason to install Office applications locally on your computer and this is when network bandwidth congestion occurs and Office 365 applications with take a long time to load or do not load at all.

To avoid bandwidth congestion, Microsoft recommends enterprises with 2000 plus users to regularly monitor their network devices. Depending on the network capacity, WAN accelerators and load balancing devices that are used to connect to Office 365 applications, organisations can effectively handle Office 365 service traffic. Let’s have a look at each one of them in detail.

Managing Network Capacity

Network devices including the client-server network adapters, switches and hubs all have a network capacity limit. Organisations need to monitor the network activity and ensure the loads on these devices are less than their maximum capacity; as this affects the performance of proxy devices.

The internet connection bandwidth also needs to be monitored regularly. Excessive use of the internet link during peak hours can affect performance. Ideally, if devices are operating at more than 75% of their capacity, it is time to consider increasing the bandwidth of the network infrastructure or use HTTP compression methods.

WAN Accelerators

Organisations that use WAN acceleration proxy appliances, are likely to come across issues while accessing Office 365. To ensure a consistent experience, it is advisable to optimise the WAN network devices or encrypt Office 365 content.

Load Balancing Devices

To distribute requests to Active Directory server and Exchange servers, enterprises often need a hardware-load-balancer (HLB) or network-load-balancer solutions (NLB). Load balancing solutions such as HLB and NLB control the network traffic to the on-premise servers and ensure the availability of single sign-on and Exchange hybrid deployment. Windows server is inbuilt with software-based NLB solution to achieve load balancing.

Configure your firewalls and proxies to securely connect to Office 365 based on your organisation’s security requirements.

If you are an enterprise Office 365 customer and are experiencing bandwidth congestion, make sure you plan your network bandwidth distribution using above guidelines and have a seamless Office 365 experience. If you need assistance in implementation of Office 365, call us now on 1300 797 888.