There are many different opinions about what ‘The Cloud’ is and what it does; and hundreds of different ideas about what a more centralized computing solution with decentralized access can deliver to businesses. But something that continues to be overlooked is connectivity.
Connectivity refers to the “capacity for the interconnection of platforms, systems, and applications” and it has been an integral part in the growth of the Internet and the expansion of software capabilities.
Although expanded connectivity options have enabled companies to deliver a more engaging user experience, there is always a give and take. Connectivity and services play a leapfrog game in the same way computing devices and software does. Years ago, companies were purchasing ten or twenty megabit connections that they thought they would never fully utilize. Now, with the large push to adopt cloud computing, companies are yet again in the position of evaluating their connectivity. The catch this time around is that as they move desktops to the cloud, they will begin affecting more users without a properly sized connection. Slower connection times do not lead to a happy and productive workforce.
If your office is experiencing a slow connection, consider the following:
- change the location of your router
- consider the number of connected devices
- update your router
- know your frequency
- try a range extender
- try a different router channel
- buy a new router
Or, companies can consider installing ‘dedicated connectivity’, a private fiber line from a provider. Because public connectivity is like a busy interstate with continuous traffic, there are rush hour times when the connectivity is cluttered and over populated. This ‘traffic’ directly impacts the performance of your connection. But, a dedicated connectivity line is like your own private road – smooth sailing!
Another aspect that is often overlooked is business continuity. What do you do when your primary connection goes down? How do you keep your operations productive during that time? One way is to design and develop a quick failover or redundant connection. This connection may not get you the full amount of bandwidth that your primary connection has, but reducing productivity is a much better alternative to halting it altogether.
At the end of the day, connectivity is king when it comes to user experience and the cloud. You can throw all types of resources at your cloud solution but without a solid connection plan in place, your business can lose out on productivity and that can hurt your bottom line.