2. Boost Internet Bandwidth for Government Devices
As the network device count climbs, an internet pipe will become more taxed. When the internet pipe has too many users to support, performance will vary. Sometimes, the network will feel speedy. Other times, frustrated users will refresh web pages to make them load.
Solve this problem with more bandwidth. Consider increasing the speed of an internet pipe or adding more pipes. For government campuses, consider one internet connection per building. This approach requires thoughtful network design and more security devices, but it scales beautifully if the budget permits.
3. Monitor Your Employees’ Network Usage
A network monitoring system, or NMS, will help chart bandwidth use at network junctions. Don’t assume that all poor performance stems from traffic overload, though — it could be that a link is throwing errors. An error-prone link is a “gray” failure that can be tricky to isolate.
Armed with monitoring information, IT officials can identify problems and plan budgets. Maybe faster internet will get the biggest bang for an agency’s buck, or perhaps more APs are needed. Maybe a consultant should perform a network tuneup. Without monitoring, an agency won’t know what it doesn’t know.